Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Dr. Jess Dart, CEO, Clear Horizon,  Carina Calzoni, General Manager, Clear Horizon.
Learn how to plan and implement monitoring, evaluation and learning systems that support real-time decision-making and agility for your initiative.
Clear Horizon’s blue ribbon offering, this course is our most extensive and comprehensive training package, providing practical, real-world tools and resources to design and deliver MEL in complex environments.
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Course information

  • Mode: face to face
  • Pre-requisites: none
  • Cost: $2800 AUD
  • Location: Melbourne, AUS
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Dates: 24-28 February 2020

What our learners say

"The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) training has transformed our approach to program evaluation for improved accountability and transparency. Highly engaging, excellent quality content delivered by lively, enormously capable professionals."

Carina Johnson

Planning Officer

"Thank you so much, I loved the training. I feel so much more confident and able to do my job. This is the best training I have ever done. I wish I'd done it years ago!"

MEL Participant

Course overview

Organisations are increasingly under scrutiny to provide evidence-based reports about their progress and outcomes. But that’s not the only case for investing in monitoring and evaluation and learning (MEL).
MEL provides critical evidence and insights that can drive strategic decision-making and ongoing improvement, meaning greater impact and value for money for your project or initiative. This popular training course explores how to deal with unexpected outcomes and emerging issues, as well as laying the groundwork for a practical and workable measurement system. We focus on how measurement systems can feed real-time learning and program adaption, with updated materials and fresh learnings from the literature and our practice.

learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Create a Theory of Change
  • Scope and operationalise MEL plans
  • Develop key evaluation questions
  • Select appropriate methods and approaches
  • Scope an independent evaluation study
  • Structure an effective evaluation report

Course inclusions

  • 35 hours of F2F learning
  • Expert industry speakers and trainers
  • Practical tools and resources for bringing your own MEL system to life
  • Hands-on application for participants
  • Insights based on Clear Horizon’s extensive experience in developing hundreds of MEL systems
  • Introductory MEL theory through to intermediate to advanced exploration
  • Lifetime access to the course post completion
Want to know if this course is right for you? You can contact our Academy team on or (+61) 3 9425 7777 to find out more.

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Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at practitioners, social innovators and funders who want to understand how to build a truly effective MEL system for their project, program or organisation. While we begin with introductory concepts, we also cover intermediate to advanced theory and tackle complexity and the latest developments in the field.

MEL Professionals

Monitoring and Evaluation Managers, Officers, Project Managers and Consultants.


Social impact innovators and collective impact and collaboration leads and backbone teams.


Social impact and services Funding Managers (for Government and Philanthropic grants and trusts).


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Dr Jess Dart

CEO & Founder

Inventor of practical methodologies and highly demanded facilitator, Jess navigates complexity with comfort and helps her clients to become clear about their desired outcomes and how to get there.

Recipient of the 2018 AES Award for outstanding contribution to evaluation, Jess has over 25 years experience in evaluating and designing social change initiatives and strategies in Australia and overseas.

In October 2005, Jess founded Clear Horizon Consulting and is now CEO. She is also a board member of the Australasian Evaluation society.

Jess is passionate about developing and designing real world evaluation and strategy for social justice and sustainability. She particularly works with systems change interventions, large scale strategy and social innovation. After completing her PhD she co-authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) guide alongside Dr Rick Davies, which is now translated into 12 different languages.

MSC is well suited to evaluation in the complex emergent context. The latest innovation by Jess, Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR), is a collaborative form of impact evaluation.

Jess is also an active mum and has two teenage boys. In a quiet moment, she loves reading far-future science fiction and enjoys long distance running.