About the Project

One of the key factors to implement and continuously develop a social service project is to master systematic evaluation mechanisms and methods. The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) framework provides a rigorous and comprehensive training of program evaluation. With the application of the MEL framework, the effect of services is amplified, enhancing the capacity and sustainability of NGOs.

Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Department of Social Work developed the “Jockey Club MEL Institute Project” (a MEL Training research base) to share their experience and knowledge with local NGOs. The project provides a Certificate Training Course as well as a Mentored Practicum, delivered by overseas and local experts. The training covers important areas including “Service Development and Monitoring”, “Resource and Planning Management”, “Media and Communications”, and “Program Evaluation and Impact Assessment”. Participants will gain practical knowledge and skills in program evaluation to apply to their work under the coaching of experienced mentors. Apart from face-to-face offline communication, an Online Knowledge Hub will also serve as a primary channel to enhance participant’s learning experience.

About the Opening Ceremony

Guests of Honor

Prof. Benjamin Wah Wan Sang
Provost of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mr. Caspar Tsui Ying Wai
Under Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Hong Kong SAR Government

Mr. Bryan Wong
Executive Manager, Charities (Strategy and Business Management), The Hong Kong Jockey Club



About the Symposium

Keynote Presentation

Prof Tiziano

Prof. Tiziano Vecchiato
Prof. Tiziano Vecchiato, for 30 years, directed the Zancan Foundation in Padua―a research centre on welfare systems and the evaluation of human services, and is currently its Board Member. In 2003, together with Professor Anthony Maluccio of Boston College, he constituted the International Association for Outcome-based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children's Services (iaOBERfcs), in which researchers from universities in North America, Europe, Israel, China, Australia and New Zealand collaborate and implement solutions. He is now serving on the Board of European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF) as well as the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, and is Editor of "Studi Zancan" Journal on Policies and Human Services. He is author of more than 500 publications and has directed the Series "Welfare Systems" and the Reports on Poverty in Italy over the last 20 years.


Title and abstract of the Keynote Presentation

MEL culture & GIA approach to make the difference: European Experience*

How to monitor, measure, evaluate the results of social projects in a local community? How to do it in a collaborative Learning Environment, between NGOs able to get the most out of the resources available to them? How to do it with sustainable solutions and with a better cost result and cost effectiveness index? How to value the social impact indexes obtained? These are questions and challenges that can be faced in dialogue between cultures, contexts and experiences from different countries. They provide possible choices, feasibility tests and, above all, evidence available to those who want to tackle social problems with effective solutions. The keynote presentation will provide examples of the above mentioned issues, highlighting the results obtained with multicentre projects carried out in Italy and Europe.

*GIA stands for Generative Impact Assessment

Introduction of Jockey Club MEL Institute Certificate Training Course cum Online Knowledge Hub 



Prof. Steven Ngai Sek Yum
Department of Social Work, CUHK

Prof. Joyce Ma Lai Chong
Department of Social Work, CUHK

Prof. Jacky Cheung Chau Kiu
Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, CityU



Details of the event

Date: 13 April 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00a.m. – 12:00noon
Venue: LT3, G/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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