Online Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Project Management, International Development

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Do you need to build effective monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This course will strengthen your skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation objectives of your organisation, from programme design through to evaluation and impact assessment.

The course is held twice a week (Wednesday and Thursday) over 5 weeks. Each live session starts at 13:00 PM UK time and lasts for 90 minutes. The training consists of a blend of ‘real time’ interactive live sessions led by our highly experienced trainers, individual and collaborative group activities during live sessions as well as on our e-learning platform, including individual coaching sessions.

This course provides flexibility and enables you to take part in an INTRAC course without travelling. Live sessions are recorded and are made available on our e-learning platform, so you can view them in your own time.  For more details on the course contents, format, and dates of the live sessions, please download the course profile below.

Who is this training course suitable for?

This course is particularly relevant to those working in the not-for-profit/ international development sector who need to achieve a better understanding of the MEL cycle. No previous MEL training or experience is required, but some degree of exposure to MEL would help put the learning into practice.

Course fee: GBP £750

Deadline for applications:  21 January 2022. Applications are now open. Please take note that we may close the applications once the course is fully booked. 

Course trainers:

Alison Carney is an independent consultant, facilitator, advocate and researcher in sport for development and social change since 2002.  Alison has a Masters in Gender and International Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK, and a BA from Wellesley College, USA. Her research has been published in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and Third World Thematics, as well as featured by the Institute of Development Studies.

Richard Ponsford is a senior consultant in monitoring, evaluation and learning with a passion for empowerment, partnership, data driven adaptation and capacity building. He has 12 years’ experience of working on development programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Richard holds a BA Economics and Politics from The University of Leeds, and MA International Development from the University of Manchester. He lives in Kampala, Uganda and has spent time living and working in Bangladesh and Ghana.

What you will learn

By the end of the training participants will:

  1. Define the main terms and concepts associated with the processes of monitoring and evaluating projects and programmes.
  2. Articulate the main purposes and key characteristics of effective MEL, in different contexts.
  3. Select and use a range of MEL tools with confidence.
  4. Apply results of MEL processes for improving accountability and organisational learning and explore some of the challenges that can arise from these processes.
  5. Reflect on your own role in bringing about improved MEL in your projects, programmes and organisations.

What is the course format?

The online Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning course is a facilitated, interactive and collaborative e-learning experience. You will have access to:

  • Ten interactive live sessions facilitated by our highly experienced consultants and an instructional producer, including small groups discussions and exercises. Each live session lasts 90 minutes.
  • All course materials on the INTRAC e-learning platform, including self-paced individual and group activities, as well as recommended readings and resources.
  • Opportunities to interact with other participants on the course through the platform discussion forum and the live sessions.
  • Feedback on one individual assignment.
  • One 50-minute individual mentoring session.

What you require

What are the IT requirements?

You will need a laptop and ideally also a headset, as well as access to broadband internet. You will need to be able to download software (Zoom) to access the live sessions. INTRAC’s e-learning platform (Moodle) is accessible via browser.

If you have any doubt about these requirements, please get in touch at [email protected]