Make a measurable difference within an organization committed to social impact. Participants in this program will master practical skills from professors with extensive experience in all phases of M&E management, in addition to guest lectures from practitioners in funding and implementing organizations.
The curriculum for the 12-credit online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation includes:
Course 1, Introduction to M&E
This first course, Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation, sets the foundation for the Certificate Program, and introduces students to the terminology, critical issues, and current debates in the field of M&E. In this course, you will gain the skills necessary to design M&E plans that reflect the circumstances and parameters related to different social impact and development projects. Working with an M&E professional, students will learn how to develop LogFrames and Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs), the major documents that funders and implementers use to monitor and evaluate projects. Participants will follow the development of LogFrames and PMPs through the input, process, outcome and impact phases of projects. Guest lecturer practitioners will appear in the course to give advice on working in developing country and post conflict environments.
Course 2, Qualitative Methods in M&E
The second course in the Certificate Program teaches the skills necessary to carry out qualitative data collection methods in M&E. The course analyzes the strengths, weaknesses and uses of qualitative data, toward helping students assess when they would use qualitative methods and why. Working with an academic practitioner, students will learn how to use qualitative data collection techniques including observation, participant observation, participatory methods and open-ended, semi-structured and focus group interviews. Coursework will include practical assignments, where students conduct participant observation and interviews with a nonprofit, social change, or development organization in their local community.
Course 3, Quantitative Methods in M&E
The third course in the Certificate Program teaches the skills necessary to carry out quantitative data collection methods in M&E. Students will discuss under what circumstances M&E practitioners use quantitative methods, as well as the kind of data and evaluation questions that quantitative methods address. Led by an academic practitioner, students will learn quantitative data collection techniques and strategies, including questionnaire design, sampling methods and efficacy evaluation, and also will learn how to use quantitative software. The course will conclude with discussions on reporting and communicating quantitative data to funders and implementers.
Course 4, Program Impact Evaluation and Reporting and Using Results
The final course in the Certificate Program serves as a capstone, bringing together the skills learned in the previous three courses of the Program. Students will discuss qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches to impact assessment, including quasi-experimental, experimental and alternative designs. Coursework will include practical assignments, where students work with a nonprofit, social change, or development organization in their community to conduct various parts of an impact evaluation. Guest lecture practitioners will appear in the course to give insight into working with different donors, and provide advice on how to report and utilize evaluations at the stakeholder, implementer and funder levels.
With the newly acquired M&E knowledge, participants earning this certificate will be able to answer the following questions for their organization more effectively:
- Are we taking the right approach in our programming?
- Are we fulfilling our obligations to the funder and to stakeholders?
- Are we making a lasting, sustainable impact?
To learn more about American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation, request more information or call us toll free at 855-725-7614.