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Certificate of Competence in Monitoring and Evaluation

Achieve competence in M&E with mentoring and support provided

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Obtain a “Certificate of Competence in Monitoring and Evaluation for International Development”.

A process led by David Hearle a world recognised leader in Monitoring and Evaluation. David brings 36 years’ experience of M&E working in all areas of M&E in 30 countries for numerous Governments, Aid agencies, NGOs and Private companies,

David has run numerous M&E workshops, courses and seminars that have benefitted thousands of individuals across Asia, Africa, Pacific, Americas and Europe.

By registering you gain access to a huge collection of readers, templates, examples. PowerPoints and videos.

You start with a self-assessment to determine your current level of competence using the M&E Competence map developed by the PME Academy.

From this a personal assessment process is worked out with David. This might include workplace evidence, online tests, case studies, telephone discussion or references. David will be in personal contact with you and provide support and guidance where needed.

You have full access to all course materials and videos allowing full flexibility when you study.

On successful completion a Certificate of Competence will be issued.


About the course

Meet David and learn more about PME Academy


Your Instructor


David Hearle
David Hearle

David is very well recognised in international development with 36 years’ experience in much of Africa, Asia, South Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

This has involved working as Project Director, Team Leader, Consultant and Trainer in 30 countries for many of the UN agencies, World Bank, EU, ADB, FAO, numerous bilateral donors, including DFID, SDC, GTZ, DFAT, and many national and international NGOs, numerous National Governments and large corporations.




Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I get help?
Yes! This is a fundamental part of the program. The online part provides the materials for you to study and for reference. Personal contact with the course tutors and mentors is there to help you develop competence. This works mainly by email contact but also can include telephone and other audio and video communication. In the first instance contact is made with David Hearle the Program Director who will work with you directly and/or with other mentors.
How does assessment work?
Assessment is personal to you. A lot depends on the work you have done and the opportunity for evidence of competence to be obtained from your work place or past employers. We use a lot of methods that include work place evidence, online tests, case study driven exercises, current work projects, interviews and references.
How can my employer pay?
Many participants have the fee paid by their employer. Some pay first and then claim back. An alternative is for your employer to pay by invoice.. To do this please supply details of who we invoice.. Once all paid we will provide you with a sign on.

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More Details About the Course

The course provides a broad overview of Monitoring & Evaluation as applied to International Development.

The course assumes zero or limited skills and knowledge of Monitoring & Evaluation and designed for those new to Monitoring & Evaluation or who have been working in Monitoring & Evaluation but not been exposed to any formal training in the monitoring or evaluating development projects.

Participants will generally be working for NGOs, Governments, Donors, Corporates, and Consultancies or as independent consultants.

The learning outcomes are shown below:

  • Describe the purposes of monitoring and evaluation
  • Explain the differences between evaluation, monitoring, inspection, review and audit
  • Explain the relationship between monitoring systems and evaluations
  • Understand the importance of the Results Chain to project design, implementation, and evaluation
  • State the differences and relationship between impact, outcome, outputs, activities, and inputs
  • Explain the rationale for having a Theory of Change
  • Explain the relationship between expected changes and project objectives in the Results Chain or Narrative Column of the Log Frame
  • Describe the steps to develop a Theory of Change
  • Recognition of the significance of the Theory of Change to M&E and performance management
  • Describe the main purposes and use of the Log Frame and it’s role in M&E
  • Describe the steps that need be followed to develop a Monitoring System
  • Understand the importance of having an effective monitoring system for project performance
  • Describe the purpose of an M&E Framework
  • Explain the purpose of an M&E Plan
  • Describe how the M&E Framework relates to project/organisation planning and performance management.
  • Describe the main purposes of evaluation
  • Describe the Development Assistance Criteria (DAC)
  • Identify different types of evaluations
  • Understand that different types of evaluation have different purposes and focus
  • Appreciate evaluations have limits on their focus and scope
  • List common standards and principles that guide international development evaluations
  • Explain key steps needed to follow to conduct Baseline Study at project start-up
  • Explain purpose of indicators
  • Describe characteristics of a good indicator
  • Describe different sources or means of verification for indicators
  • Explain how to identify appropriate data sources for indicators
  • Understand the importance of having clear SMART indicators for effective project performance management and reporting
  • Explain how to effectively select data collection methods
  • Explain the importance of methodological triangulation in M&E
  • Appreciate that different collection methods have different strengths and weaknesses
  • Use M&E information for project/organisation learning and decision-making
  • List different ways to provide opportunities for lessons learned within a project and for partners
  • Explain how reports and evaluations should be used to enhance performance
  • Recognise the importance of M&E to decision-making, planning and organisation learning
  • Respond to evaluation findings and recommendations
  • Identify opportunities for adjusting and learning from M&E information
  • Explain the purpose of an M&E and Evaluation Report