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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; you will build 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, and 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 DME Cycle
Development Strategy
Project Identification
Needs Analysis
Theory of Change
Project Concept Note

Lesson 4 – Project Monitoring

Monitoring Fundamentals
Project Monitoring
Baseline Study
Data Management
Information Management
Monitoring Reports

Lesson 2 – Project Design

Design Principles
Stakeholder Analysis
Problem Analysis
Objectives Analysis
Logframe Matrix
Project Proposal

Lesson 5 – Project Evaluation

Evaluating the Project
Types of Evaluations
Principles of Evaluation
Evaluation Process
Evaluation ToR
Evaluation Reports

Lesson 3 – Project Planning

Planning the Project
Monitoring Plan
Selecting Indicators
Management Plan
Information Systems
Participatory Planning

Lesson 6 – Project Learning

The Learning Project
Learning Cycle
Reflective Practice
Lessons Learned
After Action Reviews
Learning Principles

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 provides 15 PDUs (Professional Development Units)* or 35 contact hours.
  • This course is part of the certification program CDPM (Certified Development Project Manager). For more information about this program please visit our website at

Student Feedback

"The courses at PM4DEV are great as they are easy to fit into your schedule as a working professional and you are very well supported in your learning. Would definitely recommend these courses to people wanting to expand their knowledge in PM." Adrianova Carrion - UCA- Nicaragua

"The course has really helped me to have a clear understanding of ways I can apply my field experiences in the design, Monitoring and Evaluation a project" John Olahan, Save the Children, Nigeria

"As someone now entering the development sector, this course helped me to gain a solid foundation in designing, monitoring and evaluating projects. The course material was relevant, in-depth and understandable. I have even started meeting a lot of the course terminology in my everyday work." Romario Edwards, Trinidad and Tobago

"The PDME course provided me many tools that I can apply in my work as a programme manager. It also gave me a better understanding of the organisation's processes concerning design, monitoring, evaluation and learning and how I can help to improve these processes on a project level to assure effective and efficient implementation of project activities and successful completion of a project. " Melany Oey, Liberia

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This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can have it delivered your preferred location. For further inquiries, please contact us at our email: training

PM4DEV is a PMI Global Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). It means that our courses meet the strict criteria from the largest project management organization of the world and that increases the value you obtain from learning at PM4DEV. Your investment in learning is secure, and you can be certain that our courses have the quality you expect.

Información sobre tarifas

The course fee is $200, participants that complete the course successfully will receive a printed certificate mailed at no extra cost. 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 promo code 20PDME to obtain the $40 discount. We offer additional discounts for groups from development organizations. We will close the registration one day before the start of the course.

Cómo registrarse

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

Ana Torrelio
Student Services
Atlanta, USA