Course Overview
This course introduces participants to key concepts of Monitoring and Evaluation, to enable them to better understand, participate in, and contribute to the M&E processes of the Commonwealth of Learning. It is a self-directed course that can be taken individually or as part of a team. The course offers flexibility with options for learning the content. You will learn from readings, videos, discussions with other participants, practical activities, and short quizzes. Certification is available for those who complete the quizzes for all units.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, participants will: Understand key terms and concepts related to M&E; and be able to critically engage with and participate in core M&E processes including contributing to the development and interrogation of theories of change, logframes, indicators and Means of Verification, M&E strategies and data collection.

Unit 1: Monitoring and Evaluation Overview
Participants will:

  • be introduced to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and its key concepts
  • understand some of the inter-relationships among key M&E concepts
  • be able to identify where a pathway of change may need more development or details
  • see how key M&E concepts are manifest in a relevant example

Unit 2: Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation
Participants will:

  • understand the key elements of results-based M&E
  • be able to distinguish the roles of monitoring and evaluation activities
  • be able to identify where there is a breakdown in the logic of a results chain

Unit 3: Theory of Change
Participants will:

  • understand key elements of a theory of change (ToC)
  • become familiar with the process of constructing a theory of change
  • be able to analyse a theory of change to check the logic of pathways of change and the evidence for them

Unit 4: Logical Frameworks
Participants will:

  • understand the purpose of a Logframe
  • be able to identify the key elements of a logframe
  • review the links between different results levels in a logframe
  • consider possible indicators for logframes and how results can be measured
  • review the appropriateness of assumptions

Unit 5: Indicators and Means of Verification
Participants will:

  • understand how indicators can be used as a sign of the results
  • learn about the process for developing SMART and gender-responsive indicators
  • identify possible evidence (means of verification) that can be used to track progress against indicators

Unit 6: Developing an M&E Strategy
Participants will:

  • understand the necessity of and critical components of M&E strategies
  • be able to develop the outline for a broad M&E strategy

Unit 7: Data Collection Methods - Overview
Participants will:

  • understand the importance of balancing comprehensiveness versus the cost of data collection
  • be able to distinguish between primary and secondary data
  • identify the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative data
  • have an overview of a variety of data collection methods and sampling approaches.

Unit 8: Overview of Quantitative Methods
Participants will:

  • learn about a variety of quantitative methods used in M&E and types of analysis to use for quantitative data collected.
  • understand the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics.

Unit 9: Overview of Qualitative Methods
Participants will:

  • learn about a variety of qualitative methods used in M&E
  • have an overview of types of analysis to use for qualitative data, with a focus on content analysis.
  • Unit 10: Overview of Participatory Methods and Approaches to M&E
    Participants will:

    • understand the importance of a participatory approach to M&E
    • be able to identify features of participatory M&E as well as common methods and approaches.