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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for Development Professionals

MEL4DP is a five-month long extensive certificate course designed to enhance MEL knowledge, skills, and perspectives of early and mid-career development professionals located in or working for the global south. This course will be extremely beneficial for professionals seeking to build skills in evidence-based policymaking and program development, set up MEL systems within organizations, or mark a career transition to monitoring and evaluation.

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Starting from 29 October , 2022

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Course Structure

29 October 2022Introduction to MEL1 Week

5 November 2022,

12 November 2022,

19 November 2022

Locating MEL in a project cycle and theory of change3 Weeks
26 November 2022Contexts of Monitoring and Evaluation1 Week
3 December 2022Monitoring for Program and Policy Ecosystems – I1 Week
10 December 2022Monitoring for Program and Policy Ecosystems – II1 Week

17 December 2022

7 January 2023

14 January 2023

Evaluation approaches and frameworks3 Weeks

21 January 2023

28 January 2023 

Evaluation Design2 Weeks

4 February 2023

11 February 2023

18 February 2023

4 March 2023

Doing evaluation: Data collection, methods, sampling, and Analytics4 Weeks
5 March 2023Workshop I: Quantitative analysis (Optional) 
11 March 2023Learning and utilization of evaluation   1 Week
12 March 2023Workshop II: Storytelling and visualisation 
18 March 2023Course project and convocation.1 week

* Level of effort 4 hours per week

Course Fee

700 USD

Complete and partial scholarships will be available to some candidates

Discounts on course fee in case of institutional sponsorships & participants from grassroot organizations

Duration: 29 October 2022 – 18 March 2023

Total Seats: 30

Last date to Apply: 10 October 2022

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Course Details

Course seeks to:
  • Provide conceptual clarity on MEL through a practitioner’s lens.
  • Equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to plan, conduct, and manage effective M&E of programs to facilitate continuous learning and program improvement.
  • Contextualize the application of existing MEL frameworks and approaches by drawing from case studies and examples from the global south.
  • Build critical perspectives on various aspects of MEL practice and theory,
  • Foster cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary dialogues by using examples from different sectors and theories that have emerged from different disciplines.
  • Create a space for peer-learning, collective thinking, and networking for early-career development professionals.
Course highlights: 
  • Practitioners’ lens: developed and facilitated by MEL practitioners & experts, for practitioners.
  • Multi-sectoral perspective: uses case studies & real-world examples from different sectors
  • Real-world examples: application-based interactive learning through classroom activities
  • Context specific: builds critical perspective for the global south
  • Merit-cum-means scholarship: scholarships and discounts offer available
  • Mixed method approach: uses hands on tools and approaches from quantitative and qualitative perspective.
  • Weekend learning for working professionals: tailored for early career professionals with weekend classes
Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Differentiate between Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, and gain a nuanced understanding of MEL vocabulary, contextualize MEL in Program Cycles, and define pathways of change using Theory of Change approaches,
  • Gain an understanding of different monitoring typologies, use publicly available datasets for monitoring, and construct interactive monitoring dashboards,
  • Define and utilize different evaluation approaches, frameworks, and designs and Keep pace with contemporary trends in evaluations,
  • Practically implement an evaluation by developing an understanding of Evaluation Cycles, Implementation, Designs, Methods, and Tools, and 
  • Harvest learnings from evaluations, and utilize them for continuous program improvement.

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Certificate Course:

Upon completion of course modules and capstone, students will be awarded a course completion certificate

Course Facilitators
Rajib Nandi

Rajib Nandi

Vice President - Knowledge Management & Capacity Development

Expertise: gender transformative evaluations, work and labour.

Rajib, the founder and co-leader of the Evaluation Community of India (ECOI), has over 24 years of experience implementing impact evaluations.

Akashi Kaul

Akashi Kaul

Assistant Vice President -

Expertise: livelihoods and education; research methods

Akashi has served on the board of Washington Evaluators and
has extensive experience designing evaluation methodologies.

Vijay Avinandan

Vijay Avinandan

Assistant Vice President -

Expertise: food security and nutrition; theory-led evaluations

Vijay brings nine years of impressive background in developing global monitoring and evaluation systems and technologies.

Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma

Assistant Vice President -

Expertise: WASH and livelihood, quasi-experimental & RCT designs

Abhishek has worked at the forefront of research and evaluations to enable evidence-based decisions over the course of his nine-year career.

Course Convenor
Mahima Taneja

Mahima Taneja

Senior Manager - Research

Expertise: feminist evaluation, capacity building, WASH, public health, urban development

Mahima has 8+ years of experience in conducting qualitative research, mixed-methods evaluations, exploratory and formative studies across multiple domains.

Training Features

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