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Online Certificate Course - Project Design Monitoring and Evaluation for Development Organizations and NGOs

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This course presents the principles of Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) Cycle. DM&E is a critical element of development projects as it provides the information needed to make decisions for project management, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the interventions and satisfy accountability requirements.

This course will enable you to understand and put into practice the principles of sound results-based monitoring and evaluation methodology in your project. This course will give students an understanding of the most common processes, tools, techniques, and theories that are necessary to monitor and evaluate a project. This course examines the defining characteristics of monitoring and evaluation techniques and introduces the student to a variety of project management techniques that can be applied in a development project context. Through case study exercises and group discussions, participants will learn the links between design, monitoring and project evaluation. This course will stimulate ideas on how to design and implement monitoring and evaluation processes that strengthen accountability and learning and contribute to project effectiveness.

The course is based on an interactive case-study approach, with hands-on exercises, homework reading materials, participant presentations, and online discussions. It focuses on peer learning and exchanging information on practical experiences in monitoring and evaluation. The online course has a duration of three weeks. Each week the instructor will provide instructions to help students complete the required assignments. Students will participate in discussions and receive feedback from the course instructor. Students will have access to videos, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Students will apply their understanding in case study exercises that will be reinforced with feedback from the instructor.

Students will follow a detailed schedule to complete the assigned activities, participate in discussion forums, and submit their exercises in order to receive a grade. Successful completion of all the course requirements will lead to the award of a Certificate of Completion.

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Course Content:

Lesson 1 – The Project Concept

  • The Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Cycle
  • Development Strategy
  • Programs and Projects
  • Project Identification
  • Project Concept

Lesson 4 – Project Monitoring

  • Baseline Data
  • Information Management
  • Monitoring Activities and Outputs
  • Monitoring Outcomes and Assumptions

Lesson 2 – Project Design

  • Problem Analysis
  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • Theory of Change
  • Logframe Matrix
  • Project Proposal

Lesson 5 – Project Evaluation

  • Evaluation Terms of Reference
  • Formative and Summative Evaluations
  • Managing Evaluations
  • Reporting Project Progress and Findings

Lesson 3 – Project Planning

  • SWOT Analysis
  • Monitoring Plan
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Project Management Plan

Lesson 6 – Reflective Practice

  • Learning Lessons
  • Adapting the Plan
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Communicating the Results

Course Information:

  • Course materials are available for download from the online course module page to allow for printing and review.
  • Evaluation. It is required that participants complete the course evaluation after they take the final exam.
  • Credits. This course This course provides 15 PDUs (Professional Development Units)* or 35 contact hours.

Fee information

The course fee is $200, Students that successfully complete all course requirements will receive, via US Mail, a printed and signed Certificate of Completion. This course is part of the certification program CDPM (Certified Development Project Manager). For more information about this program please visit our website at

How to Register

The course fee is due before the start of the course, you can receive a 20% discount if payment is made one week before the course starts. Use the code 20PDME to obtain the 20% discount. We offer additional discounts for groups from development organizations. We will close the registration one day before the start of the course.

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For other types of payment and if you have any questions you can contact us me at:

Ana Torrelio
Student Services
Atlanta, USA