Tools and methods for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning

Gain practical experience in using a range of participatory tools and approaches for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL).

Course dates

This practical course gives you practical experience in using a range of MEAL tools and approaches such as focus groups, storytelling, stakeholder mapping, scalar tools and beneficiary feedback loops.

You should have some prior experience of MEAL practice, or have attended Introduction to MEAL, Planning and practice in MEAL, or similar.

Course structure 

Two half day live sessions plus individual and group work between sessions. 

Total time commitment is 11 hours:

  • 7 hours' live online sessions
  • 2-4 hours' self-paced activities

Who is it for?

For those involved in monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes, who want to gain experience using a range of tools and approaches for MEAL.

What you will learn

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

  • Explain the principles and good practice in the design and use of the following MEAL tools, and describe when they can be most appropriately used: focus group, key informant interview, stakeholder mapping exercise, ten seed technique, observation, scalar tools, after action review, real-time learning, storytelling, survey, beneficiary feedback loops and a longitudinal study. 

  • Use a simple method to analyse qualitative data 

  • Write an online survey and become familiar with how technology can be used for MEAL 

  • You will also gain practical experience in using the following MEAL tools during the course:  stakeholder mapping, ten seed technique, scalar tool, storytelling, survey 


  1. Focus groups and key informant interviews
  2. Stakeholder mapping and ten seed technique
  3. Observation and scalar tools
  4. Learning: after action reviews and real-time learning
  5. Storytelling and analysing qualitative data
  6. Surveys
  7. Beneficiary feedback loops and longitudinal studies


All course times in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Check the live session start and end time in your timezone here (please ensure you choose the right date when checking timezones).

Live session 1: Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT

Live session 2: Friday, 26 February 2021, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT

There will be approximately 2 - 4 hours' individual or group online activities outside of the live sessions, which you can complete in your own time. 


Booking deadline

Bookings will close at 15:00 GMT the last working day before the course to enable us to email participants the joining instructions ahead of the first live session.

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 to Friday, February 26, 2021

20 places available


Angela Kellett

Angela is an independent consultant specialising in all aspects of monitoring and evaluation including assessing impact and theory of change.

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.