This course presents the principles of Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) Cycle.  DM&E is a critical element of development projects as it provides the information needed to make decisions for project management, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the interventions and satisfy accountability requirements.

This course will enable you to understand and put in practice the principles of sound results-based monitoring and evaluation methodology in your project. This course will give students an understanding of the most common processes, tools, techniques, and theories that are necessary to monitor and evaluate a project. This course examines the defining characteristics of monitoring and evaluation techniques, and introduces the student to a variety of project management techniques that can be applied in a development project context. Through case study exercises and group discussions, participants will learn the links between design, monitoring and project evaluation. This course will stimulate ideas on how to design and implement monitoring and evaluation processes that strengthen accountability and learning, and contribute to project effectiveness.

The course if based on an interactive case-study approach, with hands-on exercises, homework reading materials, participant presentations, and online discussions. It focuses on peer learning and exchanging information on practical experiences on monitoring and evaluation. The online course has duration of three weeks. Each week the instructor will provide instructions to help students complete the required assignments. Students will participate in discussions and receive feedback from the course instructor. Students will have access to videos, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Students will apply their understanding in case study exercises that will be reinforced with feedback from the instructor.

Students will follow a detailed schedule to complete the assigned activities, participate in discussion forms, and submit their exercises in order to receive a grade. Successful completion of all the course requirements will lead to the award of a Certificate of Completion. 


About this Course

This is an introductory level course that will present the fundamentals of DM&E Cycle of development projects with practical applications of concepts and methods. This course will provide participants with tools, techniques and resources needed for designing, planning, organizing, monitoring and evaluating development projects. You will need between 8-10 hours per week to complete the lectures and case study exercises.  You will participate in engaging online conversations with peers from around the world while receiving a constant guidance from the instructor.

Course Audience

This course is designed for those who want to start a career in development or are just starting a job in a development project. Participants include those who have a general interest in monitoring and evaluation and desire to develop in the field as a career or improve their employability for M&E related jobs in the government and non-governmental sectors. Participants to our courses come from various parts of the world, and they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that is shared in the course forums. 

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will become familiar with the methods and tools to design, monitor and evaluate a development project. You will learn the steps required to design a project using the logical framework, elements of a good project proposal and the components of an effective monitoring and evaluation plan.  Participants will have an improved understanding of how DM&E can improve the quality of their projects while promoting learning and accountability. At the end of your course you will have the confidence to apply the principles of monitoring and evaluation in your project. 

Course Requirements

There are no requirements to take this course, although the students will benefit if they know the type of work that occurs in development organizations and development projects, or had some experience working on a project. Students should have a good internet connection, Adobe Reader in their computers as well as MS Office to work on the course assignments. Good connectivity is required to watch some of the online videos. As a convenience to our remote students you can download most of the course material to read offline. A copy of the textbook will be available in pdf format.

Course Fees

The course fee is USD$175 and is due before the start of the course; you can receive a 20% discount if payment is made one week before the course starts.  On the registration page you can choose your preferred payment methods. We accept all major credit cards in a secure online payment system. We also accept payments via Western Union or Money Gram. If you have any questions or require more instructions to send your payment please contact us at info@pm4dev Reference: eCourse PDME. We offer additional discounts for groups from development organizations.

Course Content: 

Lesson 1 – The Project Concept 
The Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Cycle
Development Strategy
Programs and Projects
Project Identification
Project Concept
Lesson 4 – Project Monitoring
Baseline Data
Information Management
Monitoring Activities and Outputs
Monitoring Outcomes and Assumptions
Lesson 2 – Project Design
Problem Analysis
Stakeholder Mapping 
Theory of Change
Logframe Matrix
Project Proposal
Lesson 5 – Project Evaluation
Evaluation Terms of Reference
Formative and Summative Evaluations
Managing Evaluations
Reporting Project Progress and Findings
Lesson 3 – Project Planning
SWOT Analysis
Monitoring Plan 
Roles and Responsibilities
Project Management Plan
Lesson 6 – Reflective Practice
Learning Lessons 
Adapting the Plan
Continuous Improvement
Communicating the Results
Course Information
  • Schedule. See the course schedule to select a date.
  • Fees. The course fee is USD$175 and is due before the start of the course.
  • Discounts. 20% early registration discount, use code 20PDME. For groups of three or more, use the 30% discount code 30PDME
  • Course Limit: The course is limited to 20 students per class.
  • Materials. Course materials are available for download from the online course module page to allow for printing and review. 
  • Evaluation. It is required that participants complete the course evaluation after they take the final exam.
  • Credits. This course This course provides 15 PDUs (Professional Development Units)* or 35 contact hours.


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Course Certificate
All students that successfully complete the course will receive a completion certificate. The certificate is a demonstration that you have learned the fundamental principles of Project Monitoring and Evaluation; it is a valuable credential for your professional growth. Upon receiving your certificate, you will join a growing number of people who are building their competencies to increase their skills and knowledge to improve the quality of the projects they manage. The certificate is delivered worldwide via First Class airmail. 
PM4DEV is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.to issue professional development units (PDU's) for its project management training courses. Our instructors are experienced trainers and project managers who are PMP® certified. Our comprehensive courses in project management theory, fundamentals, principles and practices are designed around industry best practices and based on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide). We are confident in our ability to provide comprehensive, practical courses that will enable you to further your project management education.


PM4DEV is now a PMI Registered Educational Provider R.E.P. ID: 3969


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