Online Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

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Course Background

Monitoring and Evaluation have been considered to be an essential component of project management. It plays an integral role in helping project implementors to explicitly demonstrate that government or donor aid spending in a given project or intervention is being used effectively while meeting the expected standards. More importantly, the expenditure should help in meeting the set objectives of the chosen intervention. To achieve this, there has been a rising demand for “Result-Based Management” (RBM) in many projects as institutions lean towards the adoption of “Results Framework,” which is a key tool in monitoring and evaluation. Despite the unprecedented success of RBM in communication of results from such projects, there are some inadequacies which have emerged. RBM has not been able to provide enough evidence on how it incorporates stakeholder participation, information sharing, learning, accountability and organizational transparency. This has created the urge to rethink of a new approach to M&E. Firstly, M&E is defined as the process of collecting, storing, analyzing and transforming data to form strategic information that can be used to make informed decisions for effective policy formulation, advocacy and program management. Therefore, to address the inadequacies in the earlier approach to M&E, a new and advanced programme has been developed which incorporates Accountability and Learning aspects. HumanitarianGlobal.com has been at the forefront of embracing this change and we are happy to offer an Online Post Graduate Diploma in MEAL that will equip you with advanced skills to help you cope with new demands in project management.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Learn more about the evaluation designs that are used in MEAL
  • Get to understand in a greater depth about the various evaluation approaches that are used in MEAL.
  • Learn more on how to carry out better preparations for conducting evaluation
  • Gain insights about the impacts of evaluation
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding about instrumental variable, difference-in-difference and matching techniques

Course Outline

This Online Post Graduate Diploma Programme in MEAL will entail the following modules.

1.0 Module 1 – Evaluation Designs

  1. Experimental Design
  2. Quasi-experimental Design
  3. Non-Experimental Designs
  4. Comparison Matrix

2.0 Module 2 – Evaluation Approaches

  1. Feminist Evaluation
  2. Transformative Evaluation
  3. Real World Evaluation & Realist Evaluation
  4. Equity-Focused Evaluation & Developmental Approach to Evaluation

3.0 Module 3 – Preparing for an Evaluation

  1. Initial Steps
  2. Constructing a Theory of Change
  3. Developing a Results Chain
  4. Specifying Evaluation Questions

4.0 Module 4 – Impact Evaluation

  1. Evidence-Based Policy Making
  2. What Is Impact Evaluation?
  3. Prospective vs. Retrospective Impact Evaluation and Efficacy Studies and Effectiveness


  1. Deciding Whether to Carry Out an Impact Evaluation

5.0 Module 5 – Causal Inference and Counterfactuals

  1. Causal Inference
  2. The Counterfactual
  3. Estimating the Counterfactual
  4. Two Counterfeit Estimates of the Counterfactual

6.0 Module 6 – Instrumental Variable

  1. Evaluating Programs When Not Everyone Complies with Their Assignment
  2. Types of Impact Estimates
  3. Imperfect Compliance
  4. Randomized Promotion as an Instrumental Variable

7.0 Module 7 – Difference-in-Differences

  1. Evaluating a Program When the Rule of Assignment Is Less Clear
  2. The Difference-in-Differences Method
  3. How Is the Difference-in-Differences Method Helpful?
  4. Limitations of the Difference-in-Differences Method

8.0 Module 8 – Matching

  1. Constructing an Artificial Comparison Group
  2. Propensity Score Matching
  3. Combining Matching with Other Methods
  4. Limitations of the Matching Method

Target Group

This programme targets the following professionals:

Project Managers, Middle-level Managers, Project Coordinators, Personal Assistants, Accountants, Business Executives, Human Resource Managers, Team of Leaders of both state and private corporations, NGO’s as well as anyone who is seeking to enhance their professional skills in the M/E practice area.

Programme Delivery

This programme is offered in 12 months, with the end of module assignments being scheduled monthly. In the last quarter of the learning period, the student will be required to undertake a real project which aims at assessing the implementation of learned skills and concept in a real work environment before proceeding to sit for a final exam in the last month. The delivery of this program is purely online, where the participant will be granted access to an e-learning platform. The content of this programme will be in the form of interactive video tutorials, a pdf manual and PowerPoint presentation slides, which have been prepared by the world’s best professionals in the MEAL field. Online support in the learning platform is offered on a 24/7 basis while ensuring that our team of facilitators offer guidance and academic support to the participant at all times.

 Why Choose HumanitarianGlobal.com

  • A reliable e-learning platform supporting learning on the go
  • Interactive learning materials
  • Flexible learning experience
  • World-class learning infrastructure
  • Course Moderator is always on standby to support participants throughout their study
  • Build Successful Networks
  • Expert faculty with vast experience


The intake of this programme is in progress and the participants can study at their own pace without being confined to a predefined schedule. Kindly visit our website for more details on registration or write us an email using the email address provided below.

Website: Humanitarianglobal.com
Email Address: info@humanitarianglobal.com

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