Food Security and Agriculture

Training Course on Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning

Course Overview

MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning) is an essential component of project management and development initiatives, helping organizations understand the effectiveness of their interventions and make informed decisions. This course introduces participants to the essential principles and practices necessary for effective monitoring, evaluation, and learning in development projects. Through practical examples and interactive exercises, participants will learn how to design and implement robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks, collect and analyze data, and utilize findings for informed decision-making and continuous improvement. They will also gain insights into the importance of learning and knowledge management in driving project success and impact.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this training the participants will:

  • Learn the fundamental concepts of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning.
  • Gain skills to design and implement effective MEAL strategies for better program outcomes.
  • Integrate MEAL tools seamlessly into program development stages.
  • Contribute to creating key MEAL components for thorough program assessment and improvement.
  • Master the use of major MEAL tools for practical application in different program contexts.
  • Develop problem-solving approaches for challenges encountered in the MEAL process.
  • Learn systematic data collection, quality management, and data analysis for informed decision-making.
  • Understand how to report project outcomes transparently and accountably using MEAL methodologies.
  • Build skills for engaging with diverse stakeholders and being responsive to beneficiaries and partners.
  • Foster a mindset of continuous learning and improvement based on feedback and changing contexts

Course Duration: 10 days

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning  

  • Introduction to M&E and the project/program cycle
  • Definition of MEAL and its components
  • Purposes and uses of M&E
  • MEAL approach
  • Challenges to MEAL

Module 2: Frameworks and MEAL Cycle

  • Frameworks and approaches informing MEAL
  • The language used in MEAL
  • The MEAL cycle
  • Exploring key elements of a MEAL plan
  • Defining indicators
  • Designing, implementation, and management of a MEAL framework

Module 3: MEAL Planning and Budgeting

  • Identifying project/program goals.
  • Identifying project/program indicators and targets.
  • Selecting data collection methods and data sources for prioritized indicators in your MEAL plan
  • Decide upon your data analysis, quality assurance/validation, and management strategy.
  • Identify your strategy for reporting and disseminating data.
  • Activities-based MEAL budgeting
  • Components of the Budget

Module 4: Accountability and Learning

  • Introduction to accountability
  • Aspects of accountability.
  • Importance of Accountability
  • Information sharing
  • Participation
  • Handling Complaints
  • Learning and its role

Module 5: Baseline and Evaluations Design and Management

  • The purpose and use of baselines and evaluations
  • Purpose and use of needs assessments, situation analysis,
  • Baselines, evaluations and real-time reviews
  • Importance of baseline for monitoring and evaluation
  • Steps in planning and undertaking baselines and evaluations

Module 6: Survey Planning and Implementation Types of surveys

  • The survey design and process
  • Methods of survey sampling and determining the Sample size
  • Data collection techniques and tools
  • Designing survey questionnaires
  • Pretesting research tools for Validity and Reliability
  • Conducting the survey
  • After the survey

Module 7: MEAL Data Collection: Mobile Based Data Collection (ODK)

  • Introduction to mobile phone data collection
  • Advantages and challenges of Mobile Applications
  • Components of Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • Install ODK Collect into mobile devices
  • Designing and creating Forms
  • ODK Aggregate Server

Module 8: Data Quality Management, Tabulation and graphical presentation of data (SPSS/Stata/R)

  • Types of variables (Numerical, discrete variables, dummy variables,
  • Entering categorical and continuous data
  • Defining and labeling variables
  • Validation and Sorting variables
  • Transforming, recording and computing variable
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Frequency Tables
  • Tables for categorical data
  • Graphs and charts

Module 9: Data analysis and interpretation and use (SPSS/Stata/R)

  • Hypothesis testing
  • Comparing Means.
  • Regression and Correlation analysis
  • Interpreting the data
  • Introduction to analyzing qualitative data and qualitative data analysis software

Module 10: Project reporting through MEAL

  • Use of MEAL data in Reporting
  • Communication activities to partners and stakeholders
  • Lessons learned
  • Decisions making

Note: This outline provides a general structure for a 10-day training program on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning. The specific content, activities, and duration of each session may be adjusted based on the target audience, learning objectives, and available time.

Classroom Training Schedule

Start Date End Date Location Cost Apply
Aug 05, 2024 Aug 16, 2024 Nairobi $ 1800 Register
Sep 09, 2024 Sep 20, 2024 Nairobi $ 1800 Register
Oct 14, 2024 Oct 25, 2024 Nairobi $ 1800 Register
Nov 18, 2024 Nov 29, 2024 Nairobi $ 1800 Register

Virtual Training Schedule

Start Date End Date Location Cost Apply
Jul 15, 2024 Jul 26, 2024 Online $ 700 Register
Aug 19, 2024 Aug 30, 2024 Online $ 700 Register
Sep 23, 2024 Oct 04, 2024 Online $ 700 Register
Oct 28, 2024 Nov 08, 2024 Online $ 700 Register
Dec 02, 2024 Dec 13, 2024 Online $ 700 Register

Registration Process

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Group Discounts

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Course Language

This Training course is offered in ENGLISH . Please indicate the language of choice during registration.

Training Approach

Our instructor-led trainings use well guided presentations, practical exercises, and group acivities. Participants are encouraged to bring any data relevant to their job responsibilities. Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.


Upon completion of training, the participant will be issued with a certificate of Completion.

Post Training Support

Our commitment our clients success extends beyond the training program. We offer ongoing 3 months support through Q&A sessions, online forums, and access to our expert instructors.

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