Planning and practice in monitoring, evaluation and learning

Take this course to improve and strengthen your skills and learn more about designing and adapting different approaches and methods for monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL).

This course introduces key MEL systems, processes, methods and tools. Using a case study you will gain hands on experience in designing a MEL plan. You will also have the opportunity to share experiences, challenges and lessons of doing MEL with peers, and can bring along your own case study for peer review.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for people with some experience of monitoring and evaluation, who want to learn in more depth how to develop and set up a MEL system for either a project, programme or organisational strategy.

What you will learn

  • What the current MEL debates and trends are, and how these influence INGO MEL design and implementation.
  • What the key elements and processes of a MEL system are.
  • How to design a MEL system using a systematic approach.
  • How to write clear outcome statements, define MEL questions and identify key indicators.
  • A range of quantitative and qualitative MEL data collection methods, and how to select these appropriately for a specific context.
  • How to write a MEL plan and an evaluation plan.
  • Different approaches to evaluation.
  • How to communicate MEL findings to different audiences.


Day 1

  • Current MEL trends and drivers
  • Overview of MEL system and cycle
  • Key terms used in MEL
  • Developing a MEL system and plan
  • Defining key MEL questions and indicators
  • MEL data collection methods
  • Using a case study to apply the above concepts to a practical situation
  • Practise collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative evaluation data and presenting key findings

Day 2

  • Case study group work to decide on key data collection methods and tools 
  • Completion and peer review of a MEL plan for a case study programme
  • Approaches to evaluation
  • Designing, sharing and reviewing an evaluation plan
  • Communicating evaluation findings to different audiences
  • Practical solutions for addressing MEL challenges
  • Practice planning and conducting evaluation and giving feedback


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

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to Wednesday, November 7, 2018

15 places available

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 to Wednesday, March 20, 2019

18 places available


Bond Associate Eleanor Cozens

Eleanor has been responsible for country programmes for CARE in Comoros and Iraq and for VSO in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. She has also worked on the principles and practice for Sightsavers International's programme partnership policy.

Lucy provides training and support on programme performance, accountability and safeguarding to a range of NGO and UN clients.

Photo of trainer Sue Coe

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


8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL
United Kingdom