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Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation

CAROLA WEIL: American University has a long tradition of public and international services. Its faculty and students are dedicated to doing well and to doing good. So, you will be joining a team of people and an institution that is vested in your success and in particularly in this field of monitoring and evaluation.

In addition, our location Washington, D.C has allowed us to provide access to the experts in the field. To those with whom you might be working on a day to day basis after completing this certificate. We can give you firsthand access, up close and personal, closeup insights into the actual workings, the sausage making, if you will, of monitoring and evaluation, of better policy and effective programming.

There are two key benefits that I would point to. One is the growing opportunities in the job market. This is an expanding field. And there are more and more positions advertised every day on every website, in every newspaper, in every organization looking for monitoring and evaluation experts.

Secondly, this program gives you a tool kit that you can take with you wherever you go in whichever field you are working. It allows me to learn the fundamentals, the concepts, that can then be applied to any area related to program development. Whether you do this close to home, far away, in a large group complex, or for your own individual projects, you will have the right tools and a kit that you can speak with into whichever field or area you would like to work.

I wished I had the opportunity to study with the faculty that are teaching these courses. They not only are well trained scholars, leaders in their field. They are thought leaders in their field. But they also have real world, practical experience. All of our faculty have both worked in their professions as well as studied the disciplines that underlie those professions.

So you really are getting the best that this field has to offer. But you're not getting it simply from an ivory tower perspective nor are you getting it only from field based, localized, work a day level. You are, in fact, getting the whole picture from these individuals.

When we first conceived of this program, we had in mind two kinds of students. One set of people are those students who are already working in NGOs, who are working in the field, who really bring lots of expertise to relate to the topic. They have been doing monitoring and evaluation at some level already. They may just not know it.

The second group of students are those individuals who are being asked to step up to the plate and become more proficient in monitoring and evaluation. Who are in conditions and in countries where we might not have the same resources of the internet, where you cannot just simply go down the street and ask someone to provide you with the systems. You have to be self-sufficient.

This program provides you with at least a small opportunity to become more self-sufficient, less dependent on the donors and on the enablers who are trying to work with you in developing your own projects. You can take ownership of the projects that you care about.

Help Your Organization Fulfill its Mission

Now more than ever, organizations seek more accountability for the funds they provide to development projects. Organizations understand they are more likely to receive future funding if they can deliver and show results. That’s why employees who have specialized Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) skills are in demand. This specialized knowledge helps to assess a project’s performance and its lasting impact.

Project managers and program evaluators are needed in nearly every professional industry and sector, including the corporate world, government, global development, and the nonprofit sector. The online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation from American University provides you with the critical skillset necessary to design and implement program-based Monitoring and Evaluation to make a difference within the social impact sector. In under a year you will gain the skills necessary to advance your career in project monitoring and evaluation.

Prepare for a High-Level Career Domestically or Abroad

Advance your social impact career both domestically and abroad utilizing these specialized and in-demand skills. In as little as six months, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend and create a Logical Framework (Logframe or Results Framework) for improving the planning, implementation, management, monitoring, and evaluation of projects.
  • Assess monitoring plans, performance evaluation designs, impact evaluation designs, and /or Evaluation Statements of Work (SOW).
  • Examine and demonstrate the use of qualitative and/or quantitative tools used to collect data for formative and summative evaluations.
  • Appreciate the role of governance, both of self and others, in data and project evaluation.

The American University Difference

When you earn your Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation from American University, you will master the most current M&E methodologies taught by top industry experts, as well as gain access to:

  • Development practitioners with more than 20 years of experience
  • Guest speakers from all over the world
  • Real-world donor experiences
  • Experience with practical application of impact testing and program evaluation
  • An international development perspective on M&E
  • A course environment that encourages practice under the supervision of development practitioner faculty
  • Opportunities to design a LogFrame, Evaluation SOW, and a monitoring and evaluation plan

Monitoring & Evaluation Master’s Degree

American University also now offers a Master of Science in Measurement and Evaluation to provide you with the knowledge to lead these evaluation efforts and the technical skills needed for analytically demanding roles in upper management. The program consists of 8 additional courses (12 courses total) and can be completed within 24-months. Learn more about the Master’s program.

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