Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation

Course Overview: 

The Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation is a comprehensive six-month program designed to equip students with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively design, implement, and manage monitoring and evaluation systems. The course focuses on principles, tools, and techniques used to assess the progress, efficiency, and effectiveness of projects, programs, and policies. Through a combination of theoretical learning and practical assignments, students will gain hands-on experience in data collection, analysis, and interpretation, enabling them to make informed decisions and recommendations based on evidence. The course concludes with a final exam to assess the students’ understanding and application of monitoring and evaluation concepts.

Module 1: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Understanding the importance of monitoring and evaluation
  • Differences between monitoring and evaluation
  • Key concepts and terminology
  • The role of M&E in project and program management

Module 2: Designing M&E Frameworks and Indicators

  • Developing M&E frameworks
  • Defining objectives and outcomes
  • Selecting relevant and measurable indicators
  • SMART criteria for effective indicators

Module 3: Data Collection Methods and Tools

  • Quantitative data collection techniques (surveys, questionnaires)
  • Qualitative data collection methods (interviews, focus groups)
  • Participatory approaches in data collection
  • Use of technology in data collection (mobile data collection, online surveys)

Module 4: Data Analysis and Interpretation

  • Data management and cleaning
  • Quantitative data analysis (using software like Excel, SPSS, or R)
  • Qualitative data analysis (coding, thematic analysis)
  • Drawing conclusions and making evidence-based recommendations

Module 5: Utilizing M&E Findings

  • The role of M&E in decision-making
  • Communicating M&E results to stakeholders
  • Using M&E to improve project and program performance
  • Adapting strategies based on evaluation outcomes

Module 6: M&E in Policy and Development Contexts

  • M&E in public policy formulation and implementation
  • Evaluating development programs and projects
  • Impact assessment and sustainability considerations
  • Ethical considerations in monitoring and evaluation


After completing each module, students will be required to undertake practical assignments that apply the concepts learned. These assignments may include creating M&E frameworks, developing data collection tools, conducting data analysis, and preparing reports with evidence-based recommendations.

Final Exam:

The course concludes with a comprehensive final exam that assesses students’ overall understanding of monitoring and evaluation principles and their ability to apply these principles to real-world scenarios.

Why Study this Course:

  • Growing Demand: The demand for professionals with monitoring and evaluation expertise is increasing across various sectors, including international development, public policy, healthcare, education, and social services. Studying this course opens up numerous career opportunities in these fields.
  • Improved Decision-Making: Understanding monitoring and evaluation allows individuals to make data-driven decisions, leading to more efficient use of resources and better outcomes for projects and programs.
  • Enhance Project and Program Impact: Monitoring and evaluation help organizations identify what works and what doesn’t, enabling them to optimize strategies and achieve more significant impact and results.
  • Career Advancement: This diploma can be beneficial for individuals already working in project management, development, or policy-related roles who seek to advance their careers and take on more responsibilities.
  • Contribution to Social Change: Professionals in monitoring and evaluation play a vital role in assessing the effectiveness of social initiatives, contributing to evidence-based policies and programs that create positive social change.

Who is this Course for:

  • Development Practitioners: Professionals working in international development, NGOs, and governmental agencies who want to enhance their skills in assessing project impact and sustainability.
  • Project and Program Managers: Individuals responsible for managing projects or programs and wish to strengthen their monitoring and evaluation competencies to improve project outcomes.
  • Graduates and Job Seekers: Recent graduates or individuals seeking to enter the job market and interested in building expertise in monitoring and evaluation for various career opportunities.
  • Government and Policy Professionals: Public servants and policymakers looking to incorporate evidence-based decision-making and evaluation in policy formulation and implementation.
  • Non-profit and Social Sector Workers: Individuals working in non-profit organizations, social enterprises, or community-based projects seeking to measure and enhance their initiatives’ effectiveness.
  • Researchers and Data Analysts: Professionals with a background in research or data analysis who want to apply their skills in the context of monitoring and evaluation for social impact assessment.

Course duration: 6 months

Regions Targeted: Global

Courses Fees $750