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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New batch starting on April 20, 2024
Weekend Batch, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm IST
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As the eight-year countdown to achieving the 2030 SDGs begins, there has been a strong impetus toward improving developmental outcomes and strengthening Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) systems at organizational and national levels. Despite the depth of MEL expertise and extent of practice within the Global South, there have been very few practitioner-driven, knowledge exchange spaces which can facilitate perspective building and enhance the knowledge and skills of early and mid-career development professionals located in the global south. With this in mind, Sambodhi is offering an online certificate course: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for Development Professionals (MEL4DP).

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 and mid 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.
Introduction to MEL 1 Week
Locating MEL in a project cycle and theory of change 3 Weeks
Contexts of Monitoring and Evaluation 1 Week
Monitoring for Program and Policy Ecosystems – I 1 Week
Monitoring for Program and Policy Ecosystems – II 1 Week
Evaluation approaches and frameworks 3 Weeks
Evaluation Design 2 Weeks
Doing evaluation: Data collection, methods, sampling, and Analytics 4 Weeks
Workshop I: Quantitative analysis (Optional)  
Learning and utilization of evaluation    1 Week
Workshop II: Storytelling and visualisation  
Course project and convocation. 1 week

Course Fee

800 USD

Partial scholarships will be available to some candidates

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

New batch starting on April 20, 2024

Weekend Batch, 11.00 am – 2.00 pm IST

Total Seats: 50

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This training course is beyond my expectations. These tools and methodology & principals have opened my eyes on how to be effective and ethical! Honestly saying I wanted to be a Researcher but, due to lack of knowledge and guidance it was difficult for me (I was thinking) but, after attending the course I really at least found my path that how I have to start. Thanks Sambodhi and their amazing teacher/ trainer(s). Looking forward to putting all those learning things in my professional and personal practices. Thanks again.

Abhinav Pandey Associate Sector Lead- HCL Foundation

MEL4DP Program has immensely helped me in getting a clarity on MEL through a clear practical lens. The course taught me various aspects of MEL practice and theory and dashboard making by drawing examples from different case studies. I strongly recommend this course to the beginner and mid-level professionals interested in monitoring and evaluation. A big thank you to Sambodhi and my mentors for providing me a scholarship to pursue this course.

Hashir P.V Centre For Research In Schemes And Policies

I have been a development practitioner since last six years. Working at the grassroots in Pradan developed a sense of understanding of real challenges and opportunities to work with the rural communities. I however felt the need to understand the “change” that’s coming by the immense work we all were doing. I switched my career to M&E in sambodhi. We were offered a course that was so deep yet easy to understand the gist, was a bliss to a professional like me from the field. Right from history of monitoring and evaluation to all the techniques and technicalities, this course is a complete package for any professional wanting to get in the domain of M&E. This course also offers some learning while doing which is great and easy to cope with regular office work.

Abha Seniour Research Manager- Sambodhi

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Certificate Course:

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

Certificate for MEL Live Training
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.

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.

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