Planning and practice in monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning

Learn how to design and set up a monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system for your project or programme.


8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL GB

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This course introduces key MEAL trends, systems and tools and uses a case study to give you hands-on experience in designing a MEAL plan. You will also have the opportunity to share experiences, challenges and lessons of doing MEAL with peers.

The course complements and builds on our Introduction to MEAL course. If you're looking for practice using a range of MEAL tools, take this course together with Tools and methods for MEAL.

What you will learn

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

  • Follow a systematic approach to MEAL system design
  • Develop a MEAL plan
  • Write MEAL questions and define key indicators
  • Decide on appropriate tools for different MEAL processes
  • Describe key elements of an evaluation plan
  • Choose appropriate approaches to communicate MEAL system findings with different stakeholders


1: Why do MEAL? Current MEAL trends and drivers 

  • Why organisations invest in MEAL systems 
  • A brief overview of key current MEAL trends and implications for organisations

2: Overview of MEAL cycle/system

3: Key terms used in MEAL

  • Recap on key terms used in MEAL: goal (impact), outcome, output
  • Introduction to case study: reviewing programme goal and outcomes

4: Developing a systematic MEAL plan; purpose and key audiences

  • Introduction to a systematic approach for developing a MEAL system and plan 
  • Group work: defining the purpose of a MEAL system and key audiences

5: Defining key MEAL questions and indicators 

  • The purpose of MEAL questions and indicators
  • Group work: defining key MEAL questions and indicators 

6: Introduction to MEAL methods and tools

  • Overview of tools used in MEAL processes
  • The use and how to limit the abuse of tools
  • Practice using a simple survey tool and analysing qualitative and quantitative evaluation data 

7: Deciding MEAL plan methods and tools for case study

  • Group work: deciding on key data collection methods and tools 
  • Complete MEAL plans for peer review

8: Peer review of MEAL plans

  • Practice presenting a MEAL plan
  • Practice giving constructive feedback on a MEAL plan

9: Evaluation approaches

  • Overview of evaluation approaches and examples
  • Group work: designing an evaluation process
  • Share and review evaluation plans

10: Communicating MEAL results

  • Group work: communicating findings to different audiences

11: Practical solutions for addressing MEAL

  • Open space: practical solutions for addressing participant gaps in MEAL
  • Open forum for remaining questions and discussion points

Course prices

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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.

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Event dates

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 to Wednesday, February 12, 2020

5 places available

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 to Wednesday, June 10, 2020

18 places available

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020

18 places available

Monday, February 1, 2021

18 places available


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.


8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL
United Kingdom