About the Course

Sydney Course

This four-day course provides a complete understanding of how to design, manage, monitor and evaluate International Development Projects and Programmes.

The course combines four one day courses run at the same time to offer a great value solution to develop skills and knowledge in International Development. Content is based on the IMI Competency Map developed by IMI covering design, monitoring, evaluating and managing development projects.

Participants will generally be working for NGOs, Governments, Donors, Corporates, and Consultancies or as independent consultants.

The course will be led by David Hearle who brings to the teaching 36 years of working in International Development across most countries in Africa and Asia and regarded as one of the leaders in International Development. David is very well recognised as a trainer and over the years trained thousands of individuals from some 120 countries in different areas of International Development.

As part of the course David will provide a flash stick with valuable reference materials and templates.

Learning outcomes

The course combines four courses with each day being a different element. After the course you will be able to:

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Fee US$ 680


The course can be run on demand for groups at any time in any location. Please contact david.hearle@impactmanagementinternational.com if you would like to run the course at your location.




David Hearle

David Hearle is very well recognised in international development as an M&E specialist with 32 years’ experience in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and, South America. This has involved working as project director, team leader, consultant and trainer in 28 countries for many of the UN agencies, World Bank, EU, numerous bilateral donors, including DFID, SDC, GTZ and many national and international NGOs. David is the Managing Director of IMI and previously Director of IMA, Director of Futures Academy and Director of the Effective Development Group.


Day 1: Design Development Interventions










  • Explain the rationale for having a Theory of Change
  • Complete a Theory of Change for a given set of information
  • Understand the importance of the results chain for project design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Explain how to undertake a stakeholder analysis and tools to use
  • Develop a problem tree and objectives tree as a basis for constructing a Logical Framework
  • Explain the value of developing a Logical Framework
  • Develop a Logical Framework for a given set of information
  • Complete a Logical Framework for a given set of information
  • Describe the steps to identify, assess and manage risks
  • Describe risk management options and how they are overcome as part of the design process
  • List a range of other tools that can be used for designing development interventions
  • Understand where design fits into the project cycle and the nuances the main donors bring

Day 2: Monitor Development





















  • Describe the purpose of monitoring development projects and programmes
  • Explain the relationship between monitoring systems and evaluations
  • State the differences and relationship between impact, outcome, outputs, activities, and inputs
  • Explain the role of Theory of Change for design of monitoring systems
  • Explain the relationship between expected changes and project objectives in the results chain
  • Describe the use of the Logical Framework for monitoring development projects
  • Describe the steps that need be followed to develop a monitoring system
  • Understand the importance of having an effective monitoring system for project performance
  • Describe the purpose of an M&E framework
  • Explain the purpose of an M&E plan
  • Describe how the M&E framework relates to project/organisation planning and performance management
  • Develop an M&E framework for a given set of information
  • Explain purpose of indicators
  • Describe characteristics of a good indicator
  • Describe different sources or means of verification for indicators
  • Explain how to identify appropriate data sources for indicators
  • Understand the importance of having clear SMART indicators for effective project performance management and reporting
  • Develop indicators for a given set of information
  • Use M&E information for project/organisation learning and decision-making
  • Recognise the importance of M&E to decision-making, planning and organisation learning
  • Explain how monitoring systems can be set up using mobile data collection solutions
  • Explain the value of creating dashboards and discuss how they can be created using a range of proprietary and open source

Day 3: Evaluate Development

















  • Describe the main purposes of evaluation
  • Describe what is evaluation and why evaluate
  • List common standards and principles that guide international development evaluations
  • Describe the Development Assistance Criteria (DAC)
  • Identify different types of evaluations
  • Understand that different types of evaluation have different purposes and focus
  • Explain key steps needed to follow to conduct abaseline study
  • Frame evaluation questions
  • Aware of ethics applied to development evaluation
  • Explain Theory Based Evaluation
  • Develop an evaluation plan for a given set of information
  • Select the best impact evaluation methods for a given situation
  • Select and construct data collection instruments
  • Understand experimental design methods
  • Understand how to run a randomised control trial
  • Understand sampling and statistical considerations
  • Link quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Explain outcome mapping
  • Understand how to analyse data
  • Understand how to manage an evaluation
  • List different ways to provide opportunities for lessons learned as a result of a completed evaluation
  • Explain how reports and evaluations should be used to enhance performance

Day 4: Manage Development Projects and Programmes




























  • Explain the elements to achieve excellence in project management for international development
  • Describe the main purposes and use of the Logical Framework forproject management
  • Identify key project start-up tasks
  • Describe the main resourcing issues to be addressed at project start-up
  • Understand the importance of setting up a project office promptly and effectively
  • Value early communications with key project internal and external stakeholders
  • Describe the purpose and main components of a work (operational) plan
  • Appreciate importance of sound activity scheduling and monitoring
  • Understand how to develop project activities from a Logical Framework
  • Understand how to prepare a work breakdown schedule and GANTT Chart with key milestones
  • Understand the importance of managing project time and activity schedules
  • Appreciate need for careful activity scheduling
  • Explain how to monitor the status of a project
  • Understand the importance of using performance frameworks to manage a project
  • Understand the importance of reporting against keyLogical Framework results
  • Identify common project policies and procedures
  • Describe what constitutes a good policy and procedure
  • Understand the process of policy and procedure development
  • Appreciate the need for good policies and procedures
  • Explain why procurement should establish or follow policies and procedures
  • Appreciate the importance of well managed contracting of services
  • Explain the project data management process from a management perspective
  • Identify main components of project human resource management
  • Describe key components required of a good project Manager
  • Appreciate the importance of good communications and staff motivation
  • Understand why partners must be actively managed
  • Explain the main guidelines for resourcing decisions
  • Explain project budgeting considerations
  • Explain how to control finances
  • Understand that quality management is key component in project management process
  • Understand the application of value for money principles for project management
  • Explain key components of an exit strategy

Registration and help

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All participants will be presented with a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.


Some Participants’ Review

Excellent overview of the evaluation held with a true expert who knows theories and have tremendous held experience to share. All examples given are very practical

This was a great course! Highly recommended

The training was extremely informative, enjoyable and interactive. David is wonderful! Great food as well.

It was a good opportunity to evaluate ourselves and learn from others

Extremely detailed two courses on M&E and Development. The exercises and interactive learning sessions were very useful. The broad range of experience of the participants was very helpful in the learning of the course. David made it very accessible to someone totally new to the field.

For the people who are working in the field of M&E, and wants to broaden knowledge, I will recommend IMI as the ultimate destination in context of knowledge and budget