How it works

  • At your own pace watch the videos for each of the 8 modules.
  • Look at the examples, templates and readers for each module.
  • Watch the additional videos for each module.
  • Join the Facebook group and share any questions that you might have.
  • Complete the exercises and assessment to consolidate your learning

A certificate is awarded if you complete and submit the assessment. A range of certificates are issued depending on how much of the assessment you do and the level you reach. The highest level is “Certificate of Competence in M&E”.


More Details About the Course

The M&E for International Development course provides a broad overview of Monitoring & Evaluation as applied to International Development.

The course assumes zero or limited skills and knowledge of Monitoring & Evaluation and designed for those new to Monitoring & Evaluation or who have been working in Monitoring & Evaluation but not been exposed to any formal training in the monitoring or evaluating development projects.

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

The learning outcomes are shown below:

  • Describe the purposes of monitoring and evaluation
  • Explain the differences between evaluation, monitoring, inspection, review and audit
  • Explain the relationship between monitoring systems and evaluations
  • Understand the importance of the Results Chain to project design, implementation, and evaluation
  • State the differences and relationship between impact, outcome, outputs, activities, and inputs
  • Explain the rationale for having a Theory of Change
  • Explain the relationship between expected changes and project objectives in the Results Chain or Narrative Column of the Log Frame
  • Describe the steps to develop a Theory of Change
  • Recognition of the significance of the Theory of Change to M&E and performance management
  • Describe the main purposes and use of the Log Frame and it’s role in M&E
  • 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.
  • Describe the main purposes of evaluation
  • Describe the Development Assistance Criteria (DAC)
  • Identify different types of evaluations
  • Understand that different types of evaluation have different purposes and focus
  • Appreciate evaluations have limits on their focus and scope
  • List common standards and principles that guide international development evaluations
  • Explain key steps needed to follow to conduct Baseline Study at project start-up
  • 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
  • Explain how to effectively select data collection methods
  • Explain the importance of methodological triangulation in M&E
  • Appreciate that different collection methods have different strengths and weaknesses
  • Use M&E information for project/organisation learning and decision-making
  • List different ways to provide opportunities for lessons learned within a project and for partners
  • Explain how reports and evaluations should be used to enhance performance
  • Recognise the importance of M&E to decision-making, planning and organisation learning
  • Respond to evaluation findings and recommendations
  • Identify opportunities for adjusting and learning from M&E information
  • Explain the purpose of an M&E and Evaluation Report

Course Director


David Hearle is well recognised as a world leader in M&E having worked over the last 36 years in 30 countries developing M&E competence. This has involved training over 2400 individuals, numerous consultancies to develop monitoring systems and leading evaluations.

David is passionate about building M&E competence and has come up with a cost-effective method.

What it costs

The cost is just $99



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