Diploma in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL)

Course Overview:

The Diploma in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning is a comprehensive six-month program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement, and manage effective monitoring and evaluation systems. The course also emphasizes the importance of accountability and learning in project and program management. Through a combination of theoretical learning, practical exercises, and case studies, students will gain insights into best practices in MEAL and its application in various sectors. The course concludes with a final exam to assess students’ understanding of MEAL principles and their ability to apply them to real-world situations.

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning concepts, frameworks, and methodologies.
  2. Familiarize students with the tools and techniques used in data collection, analysis, and reporting in MEAL.
  3. Train students in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation plans for projects and programs.
  4. Emphasize the importance of accountability and transparency in project management and development initiatives.
  5. Enhance learning practices to ensure continuous improvement and adaptive management in projects.

Module 1: Introduction to MEAL

– Understanding the MEAL framework and its components

– The role of MEAL in project and program management

– Key principles and ethical considerations in MEAL

– MEAL frameworks and standards

Module 2: Designing MEAL Systems

– Developing a MEAL plan and indicators

– Defining project objectives and outcomes

– Selecting appropriate data collection methods

– Baseline studies and target setting

Module 3: Data Collection and Analysis

– Quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques

– Data management and cleaning

– Data analysis and interpretation

– Using software for data analysis (e.g., Excel, SPSS, or R)

Module 4: Evaluation and Impact Assessment

– Types of evaluations (formative, summative, and impact evaluations)

– Designing an evaluation framework

– Impact assessment methodologies

– Communicating evaluation findings and recommendations

Module 5: Accountability and Learning in MEAL

– The importance of accountability and transparency in project management

– Engaging stakeholders and beneficiaries in MEAL

– Using learning to improve project performance

– Adaptive management and course correction

Module 6: MEAL in Different Sectors

– MEAL in international development projects

– MEAL in non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

– MEAL in government programs

– MEAL in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives


After completing each module, students will be required to undertake practical assignments that apply the concepts learned. These assignments may include developing a MEAL plan, conducting data analysis, preparing evaluation reports, or proposing strategies for adaptive management.

Final Exam:

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

Why Study this Course:

  1. In-Demand Skills: Monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning skills are highly sought after by organizations, particularly in the development sector, as they ensure effective project management and outcomes.
  2. Improved Project Performance: Understanding MEAL practices allows professionals to make informed decisions, measure project impact, and adapt strategies for improved performance.
  3. Career Advancement: The course can open up new career opportunities and advancement prospects for individuals looking to specialize in monitoring and evaluation.
  4. Social Impact: By studying this course, individuals can contribute to creating positive social impact by ensuring effective and evidence-based interventions in development projects.
  5. Versatility: The skills acquired in this course are transferable across various sectors and organizations, making graduates valuable assets in a wide range of industries.

Who is this Course for:

  1. Development Practitioners: Professionals working in the development sector, NGOs, or governmental agencies involved in project management and seeking to enhance their MEAL skills.
  2. Project Managers: Individuals responsible for managing projects and programs and wanting to implement robust monitoring and evaluation practices.
  3. Researchers and Data Analysts: Professionals with a background in research or data analysis seeking to apply their skills in the context of monitoring and evaluation.
  4. Graduates and Students: Recent graduates or students interested in pursuing a career in development, project management, or monitoring and evaluation.
  5. Program and Portfolio Managers: Program and portfolio managers who oversee multiple projects and need to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation across their programs.
  6. Social Impact Professionals: Individuals working in social impact organizations, CSR initiatives, or sustainability projects seeking to enhance their ability to measure and communicate their impact.

Training Format:

  • All materials are made available through our Online Learning Platform
  • Students should commit approximately 5-6 hours of their time per week

Materials Provided:

Online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.


In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit assignments at the end of every month.

Course duration: 6 months

Regions Targeted: Global

Courses Fees $750