Free Online Monitoring and Evaluating(M&E) Systems Course | Alison

Designing and Implementing Monitoring and Evaluating Systems - Revised

Learn how to design and implement effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems with this free online course.

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This free online M&E systems design course will teach you about how you can transform program-results frameworks and indicators into a well-functioning system of data collection, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and learning. You will also learn how to apply the theories of generic concepts of RBM and M&E systems in practical ways. Learn about designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating systems with this free course





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Monitoring demonstrates results and informs decision making while evaluation assesses what results have been achieved and how they have been achieved. This course will first discuss the main differences between monitoring and evaluation. You will learn the purpose of establishing a monitoring and evaluation system, and study the three main reasons why we monitor. You will study the 5 steps of establishing an M&E system, including how to determine a methodology and a source.

You will then study results and results-based management and frameworks, and look into outputs, outcomes, and goals. You will learn how to develop and select performance indicators, such as quantitative indicators, which show whether or not change and progress has been made. You will then study sources of information and methods of data collection. In addition, you will look into assumptions and risks and grouping indicators, and learn how to develop output monitoring tools.

Systematic and robust monitoring and evaluation depends on coherent program design. This course will give you a better understanding of how sound M&E systems are critical for helping organizations understand up to what extent they have inched towards their goal. By the end of this course, you will understand how to establish a monitoring and evaluation system. This is a powerful skill, so check out the course today and learn something really useful in just a few short hours.

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Introduction to the Designing and Implementing Monitoring and Evaluating Systems Course.

Step One - Defining Results and Results Based Management and Results Frameworks - Part 1

Step Two - Developing And Selecting Performance Indicators

Step Three - How To Collect Data

Steps Four, Five and Six

Summary and Key Messages

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course learners will be able to:

  • Define the difference between monitoring and evaluation
  • Identify the 10 steps in establishing a monitoring and evaluation system
  • Describe the guiding principles of sound monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Outline how to use Results Based Management to develop robust monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Discuss how to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems


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