An effective state is essential to achieving sustainable socioeconomic development. With the advent of globalization, there are growing pressures on governments and organizations around the world to be more responsive to the demands of internal and external stakeholders for good governance, accountability and transparency, greater development effectiveness, and delivery of tangible results. Governments, parliaments, citizens, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s), civil society, international organizations, and donors are among the stakeholders interested in better performance. As demands for greater accountability and real results have increased, there is an attendant need for enhanced result-based monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs, and projects.

Monitoring and Evaluation is increasingly recognized as the cornerstone for effective program management and is critical for organizational sustainability. A continuously increasing need for suitably skilled monitoring and evaluation project managers has been identified as a priority area by various stakeholders active in different sectors and industries; e. g globally- funded sponsorships often require evidence of effective monitoring and evaluation systems prior to awarding funds.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course the participants should be able to:

  1. Apply concepts, principles, processes and framework for monitoring and evaluation systems in development programmes;
  2. Use result-based tools for programme planning;
  3. Design and develop M & E systems;
  4. Design and conduct an evaluation
  5. Formulate result- and change-oriented indicators for monitoring and evaluation
  6. Use M&E tools for qualitative and quantitative data analysis

Module 1: Introduction to M&E Principles and Concepts

  • Understand M&E basic principles
  • Apply principles of results based management
  • Use practical considerations and key steps in developing M&E systems

Module 2: Program Logic models and Theory of change

  • Describing and developing program Logic models
  • Theory of change
  • Application of logic models and TOC in developing sound M&E systems

Module 3: Designing program monitoring systems

  • Deciding on key aspects of the program to monitor
  • Identifying data sources
  • Designing sound data collection and collation tools
  • Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for managing data

Module 4: Program Databases

  • Types of Databases
  • Key considerations on designing and selecting a suitable database for a program
  • Common pitfalls in choice and use of databases

Module 5: Managing data quality

  • Data quality principles and rationale
  • Assessing risks to data quality
  • Tools for managing data quality
  • Ethical considerations in dealing with data

Module 6: Routine Data Quality Assessments

  • What are Routine data quality assessments (RDQAs)
  • Tools and processes for conducting RDQAs
  • Communicating and using results of RDQAs

Module 7: Designing evaluations for field-based programs

  • Evaluation principles and approaches for field-based programs
  • Identifying evaluation questions and developing a learning agenda
  • Selecting an appropriate evaluation design
  • Collecting evaluation data

Module 8: Analyzing and reporting data for decision making

  • Developing a data analysis strategy
  • Selecting data analysis methods
  • Presenting analyzed data
  • Common pitfalls/errors in analyzing data

Module 9: Planning and managing evaluations

  • Assess readiness for evaluation
  • Budgeting for the evaluations
  • Identifying and selecting the evaluation team
  • Developing a comprehensive terms of reference (TOR)
  • Key considerations in managing consultants

Module 10: Developing a data communication strategy for stakeholders

  • Identifying program stakeholders and their information needs
  • Selecting appropriate communication tools for different audiences

Module 11: Research paper

  • You will be required to choose a research topic, share it with the moderator, upon agreement write a proposal, after that do corrections plus writing chapters three, four and five of the whole paper. Guidelines will be provided on the format preffered by the institute.

Module 12: Final examination

Minimum entry requirements

Common regulations governing Post-Graduate Diplomas shall be applicable.

The following shall be eligible for admission.

  1. a) Holders of a Bachelor’s degree from a recognizable University
  2. b) Holders of an equivalent qualification from any other recognizable Institution.


  1. a) The Entire course Duration is one Year (2 semesters)
  2. b) Candidates shall be expected to Submit 10 Assignments (Continuous Assessment test) that Account to 70 % of their Work and a Project Paper at the Tail end of the course, which accounts to 30 % of the course Work.

Mode of delivery of the proposed programme

Students will access learning materials from our Online learning platform.

Application Procedure

Applicants should fill out a detailed Application form and sent it back via email to the undersigned.




ORGANIZERS: Capacity Africa Institute

LANGUAGE: English only


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Online Training Coordinator

Capacity Africa Institute