Introduction to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning

Introduces the principles and approaches of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) that underpin programme planning and implementation.

Course dates

This one-day course is designed to introduce the principles of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL).  It will enable you to understand the core terms, principles and approaches of MEAL that underpin good quality project/programme planning and implementation.

The course uses a "do to learn" approach and includes some self-reflection work on your MEAL skills and your organisation’s current practices.

If you're also looking for practice using a range of MEAL tools, take this course together with Tools and methods for MEAL, or if you already have some experience and want to deepen your skills, try our Planning and practice in MEAL.

Course structure 

We are currently redesigning this programme for online delivery, which will include live interactive online sessions, plus individual and group activities. Full details including session dates and times will be available shortly.

Who is it for?

It is suitable for people who are new to or have little experience of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning practice.

What you will learn

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Explain why MEAL is important and what it is  
  • Define key terms used in MEAL practice  
  • Explain the purpose of different types of tools used in MEAL
  • Explain the purpose and content of MEAL plans
  • Define indicators for MEAL at different levels of a programme plan
  • Describe the different approaches to evaluation and apply some concepts to critically review my organisation’s practice 


This course will be delivered entirely online, through facilitated live sessions (using Zoom) as well as individual and group activities on the Bond learning platform. We work hard to make sure you get the same level of interaction and facilitator support as you would in our training room. You’ll work in breakout rooms, use case studies and co-create documents – all online

1. The what and why of MEAL

  • Why do monitoring and evaluation?
  • Some key terms in MEAL
  • How monitoring and evaluation relate to accountability and learning 
  • The main MEAL approaches 

2. MEAL interest groups and the MEAL cycle

  • MEAL interest groups
  • The MEAL cycle/system
  • Self-reflection on current MEAL strengths and competencies

3. Results chain and introduction to MEAL tools

  • Results chain/logic model
  • Tools for data collection, analysis and communication

4. Indicators and MEAL plans

  • Defining indicators 
  • Intro to MEAL plan format
  • Small group work on case study 

5. Evaluations - what difference are you making? 

  • How to understand what difference your work makes
  • Evaluation approaches, including some key issues to consider
  • Reflection on evaluation practice in your organisation – strengths and challenges
  • Open forum questions and comments 

Course prices

Band 1


Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.


off if you book early*


off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Monday, June 8, 2020 to Friday, June 12, 2020

18 places available

Monday, October 5, 2020

Registration closed

Monday, February 1, 2021

Registration closed


Photo of trainer Sue Coe

Sue Coe has worked in international development for has worked for more than 30 years in wide-ranging programming, effectiveness and fundraising roles. Sue specialises in equality considerations and social inclusion in development work.

Sue has worked in international development for over 20 years. Now working as an independent consultant she has undertaken a variety of work with a focus on M&E regularly leading evaluations for funders including the World Bank, UN, EU and DFID.