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Online Courses in Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Make a measurable difference within an organization committed to social impact. Participants in this program will master practical skills from our project monitoring faculty 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 four courses.

Course 1, Principles & Theories of Evaluation
This course introduces the terminology, critical issues, and current debates in the field of evaluation, independent of specific disciplines. In this course, students will begin to gain the skills necessary to design monitoring and evaluation plans that reflect varying circumstances and parameters. Students will learn how to develop Logical Frameworks, or logframes, one of the major documents that donors and implementers use to plan, monitor, and evaluate projects.

Course 2, Evaluation: Qualitative Methods
This course teaches qualitative research skills for project planning, monitoring, and evaluation activities. Students will analyze the strengths, weaknesses, and uses of qualitative data, investigating the circumstances under which planners and evaluators use qualitative methods. Working with an academic practitioner, students will learn qualitative data collection tools and techniques, including participant observation, interviews, and focus groups. In collaboration with an organization in their local community, students will complete practical assignments that require the application of several data collection techniques.

Course 3, Evaluation: Quantitative Methods
This course explores quantitative methods in project planning, monitoring, and evaluation. It provides opportunities for students to design quantitative evaluations and apply statistical measures to test hypotheses. Students will explore the use of statistical software in managing and manipulating data and the production of descriptive and analytical reports that meet the guidelines and expectations of professional practitioners in the field. Students will develop an understanding of an often intimidating and difficult subject with an approach that is informative, personable, and clear as they are guided through various statistical procedures, beginning with descriptive statistics, correlation, and graphical representation of data through inferential techniques, analysis of variance, and more.

Course 4, Evaluation Approaches & Designs or Emerging Trends in Evaluation Science

Evaluation Approaches & Designs
Students will review monitoring and evaluation approaches, emphasizing evaluation design. The course introduces different performance evaluation designs, including: snapshot, simple, cross-sectional, before and after, time series, case study, and developmental design. It then focuses on the seven impact evaluation designs, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Guest lecturers will give insight into working with different donors and program managers and provide advice on how to report and utilize evaluations at the stakeholder, implementer, and funder levels. Coursework includes reading, actively participating in the online course discussions, developing an evaluation Statement of Work (SOW), constructing a logframe, and constructing a measurement and evaluation plan related to course content. Students will complete a team project where they develop a logframe, SOW, evaluation plan, and report template based on a case study.

Emerging Trends in Evaluation Science
This course provides students with training in the design of proposals, monitoring and evaluation plans, and budgets. It discusses the engagement of stakeholders in these processes, including donor agencies and local community members. Students will become familiar with donor processes and practices as they relate to project design and proposal development.

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?

Pursue a M&E Master's Degree by Taking 8 More Courses
American University offers a Master of Science in Measurement and Evaluation to provide you with the knowledge to lead 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.

To learn more about American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation and eligibility for the Dean’s Scholarship, request more information or call us toll free at 855-725-7614.