Design, monitoring, evaluation and learning for development projects

Organised by Southern Hemisphere
Event type Courses
Location Online
Start date 17 August 2020
End date 25 September 2020

Strengthen your skills to design, collect and use evidence and enhance your organisation’s contribution to meaningful social change. Get an orientation of how design, monitoring, evaluation and learning (DMEL) can build learning organisations, and contribute to social justice.


This foundation course introduces participants to:

  • Key concepts and practical steps in project design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Designing and planning strong development projects to achieve social change
  • Designing a monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Developing evaluative thinking
  • Using evidence for learning
  • Values and ethics in participatory and user focused development evaluation
  • PMEL in the context of COVID – ethical considerations and practical tips for remote working

The courses covers the Logical Framework Approach blended with Theory of Change to guide participants through the design process.

It balances the technical requirements for robust design, monitoring and evaluation, with the process considerations for building buy-in and support for monitoring and evaluation.


A highly engaging blend of face-to-face online learning and self-study, running over 6 weeks. There are core and voluntary components, we are mindful of your time, while we help you stay motivated and stimulated.

You will learn from us, from each other, and from practical application.

The course will be delivered remotely online via Zoom and Google Classroom. We will provide support for these platforms throughout the course. The sessions will be held in English.

Each Module runs over one week, and includes:

  • Educator engagement: module launch via a video or live session, and includes one live session with an educator through a virtual participatory workshop. Educator sessions will be 2.5 hours in length, and will include time for participant engagement and discussion.
  • Educational resources: each module has planned activities, guidelines for practical exercises and learning resources including videos,ereading materials, podcasts, discussion forum, fun activities etc. Recordings of key sessions will be shared.
  • Practical application: participants will take the concepts learnt in each module, and apply them via a group or individual activity to a case study of their choosing.
  • Assessment: throughout the course, the development of participants will be assessed through pre and post module quizzes. Participants will also be provided with opportunities to engage educators and provide feedback on their learning experience and outcomes.

This course is for you if you want to upskill as an MEL practitioner or enhance your organisation’s monitoring and evaluation capacity.

Benefits of attending

  • Understand foundational concepts in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) concepts
  • Get an overview of design tools, including Theory of Change, Outcome Mapping and the Logical Framework Approach
  • Knowledge of analytical tools for design, including stakeholder, problem and alternatives analysis
  • How to develop a logic model including impact, outcomes, outputs, activities and assumptions using a blended form of the Logical Framework Approach and Theory of Change
  • Enhanced understanding of key evaluation criteria in PMEL such as effectiveness and sustainability
  • How to develop a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning plan
  • How to implement evaluation as a tool for social change
  • Overview of key evaluation approaches for outcomes and impact evaluation


  1. Introduction to PMEL concepts, tools and course framework
  2. Project design: Analysis
  3. Project design: Project planning
  4. Planning for monitoring, evaluation and learning
  5. Project Evaluation as a tool for social change


Southern Hemisphere has been leading this course, in-person, for the last 20 years. Our trainers, all experienced MEL practitioners and facilitators, are excited to provide it now online.

Our trainers are all strong facilitators and technical experts ensuring that you get a good feel for the hard and soft skills for effective PMEL.

Course Details

Duration: 6 weeks

Dates: Monday, 17 August 2020 – Friday, 25 September 2020.

Where: Zoom and Google Classroom

Certification: Participants will be provided with a certificate on completion of a short assignment

Total time commitment: 40 hours (6-8 hours per week; including 1 contact session for 2.5 hours)


$ 797 / R13 600 excl. VAT for participants from US, Canada, Europe, and all funders, consultants and private sector organisations.

$ 680 / R11 600 for participants from not-for-profit sector in Africa, Asia or Latin America

How do I sign up?

Visit the website to complete a registration request or contact us for more information:

Southern Hemisphere Training
Email: Miriam Chikwanda at [email protected]
Tel: + 27 (021) 422 0205