Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) for Development Projects

Learn to design impactful projects using a blend of the Logical Framework Approach and Theory of Change. Develop a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan.


Strengthen your skills to design better programs for stronger social impact. In this course, you’ll get an orientation of how to use practical tools to integrate monitoring, evaluation and learning into project design. See how PMEL can build learning organisations and contribute to social justice.

Course level: Beginner to Intermediate

What you will learn

By the end of this course you will have a better understanding of:

  • Concepts in PMEL such as indicators and assumptions
  • How to design strong programs than will achieve impact
  • Results based monitoring and evaluation
  • How to organise data collection and analysis to measure indicators
  • Key evaluation criteria like effectiveness and sustainability
  • How to systematically plan for monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • How to implement evaluation as a tool for social change and greater equity
  • The values you bring to an evaluation
  • How to adapt your evaluation activities for Covid-19 and remote working conditions

What the course will cover

The following modules will be covered:

Module 1: Introduction to PMEL concepts, tools and course framework

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Module 2: Project Analysis before design

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Module 3: Project design using the LFA matrix and Theory of Change

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Module 4: Planning for monitoring, evaluation, and learning

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Module 5: Project evaluation as a tool for social change

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When, where and how much

Our methods are interactive and you will learn by applying concepts to real life case studies.  See more about our methodology here.

What you will get:

A certificate after completion of course, manual and list of useful resources

Next Public Course:

Time commitment:

Date TBC

5 days in -person

Inhouse Course

We can design an in-house course for you with case studies and exercises tailor made to your organisation and projects.

“Thanks again for the excellent training last month. It has made a significant
difference in the way I think about the work I do and how to best understand
planning, and linking objectives to activities in a meaningful way.”

Training participant