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Cutting-Edge Monitoring & Evaluation: A Guide for Practitioners – Open Online Course

This online course lays the ground for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to make vital contributions to incentivise change and measure performance. The course considers challenges in current M&E practice, introduces a tool-box of evaluation techniques and shows where these can be best applied. Ways of promoting early participation and the engagement of key stakeholders are explored and a step-by-step action plan to improve practice of M&E is provided.

1st January, 2018 to 31st January, 2018
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Course Overview

The question “what difference are we making”– as an individual, project, programme, organisation or network, is increasingly important whether for learning or accountability. The course lays out the challenges, introduces a tool-box of techniques and shows where these can be best applied through practical strategies and case studies. M&E are viewed as critical to all stages of a policy or programme development. Ways of promoting early participation and the engagement of key stakeholders are explored and a step-by-step action plan to improve practice of M&E is provided. This lays the ground for M&E to make vital contributions to incentivising change and measure performance. In later sections, techniques to measure impact and enable learning are provided.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course the students will:

  • Understand the added value of M&E and importance of adapting to context and working with clients and beneficiaries;
  • Learn how to develop an effective evaluation framework;
  • Fully appreciate the challenges facing evaluators and how to address them with practical strategies;
  • Learn about various evaluation methods and how to choose the evaluation tools appropriate and relevant to the particular needs and context;
  • Be able to set practical strategies to ensure that M&E is fully integrated in the critical steps involved in development, humanitarian relief and policy environments;
  • Be able to apply evaluation strategies and principle-based framework in their own practice,
  • Be able to develop action planning with the view to improve MEAL function in the organisation/project/programme.


The course is taught by Colin Jacobs, a senior consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in international development in Asia, Sub Sahra Africa, central Asia and Europe. Colin’s recent roles include President at the UK Evaluation Society and Head, Governance and Civil Society at British Council.

Target Audience

  • Anyone who commissions, manages or carries out project or programme M&E;
  • Evaluation advisors and consultants;
  • Internal and external evaluators;
  • Evaluation units of NGOs and UN agencies;
  • Project managers, policy makers and programme implementers;
  • Government agencies, legal & other specialist bodies;
  • Researchers and development graduate students.


This online self-paced course uses a combination of methods comprised of reading materials, video lectures and practical exercises to ensure practicality of the knowledge acquired. Case studies are used throughout the course to ensure a hands-on approach and the development of practical skills. Some checklists are provided as a “memo” to help the learner apply the lessons drawn from the course once back in her/his work context.



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