In order to achieve the demands of the various publics that are involved in various projects and programs, there is need that the demands of the different audiences are understood, as well as there is a high degree of accountability. There is need that at the execution stage of any project, there is evidence that there was need in the first instance to have the project, the implementing organization has capacity to do the same, and when valuation is done, the objectives that the project was supposed to meet, have been achieved. Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) is a continuous exercise that is supposed to be integrated into any project or business.
MERL brings learning to the early stages of project implementation in a rigorous, empowering, and flexible way. It applies proven monitoring, evaluation, and analytic techniques to increase effectiveness systematically. MERL guides programs in testing key program adaptations to inform how best to achieve desired results – potentially at lower cost. This includes focusing feedback loops on specific aspects of the project, and may also include using advanced statistical methods to reduce required sample sizes and the use of tools that can support rapid data collection – cell phones and tablets for survey implementation, SMS and IVR technology for remote data collection, and geospatial imagery from satellites.
Introduction to Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL)
Frameworks and MERL Cycle Frameworks and approaches
Data Collection and Management
Use of Data obtained from monitoring and Evaluation for decision making and Management issues
Enhancement and use of M&E data for project management
Understanding Indicators in MERL
Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects
Designing Program MERL Systems
Enhancing Use of Knowledge from Monitoring and Evaluation (MEL)
Participants will be required to submit 10 assignments, research paper and one final examination for the period of 12 months to demonstrate their understanding of the course content. Assignments account for 60%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 10% of the marks.
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Post Graduate Certificate of Merit and a transcript.