Introduction to Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL)

MEL Module 1

Begin your MEL journey by learning about  foundational concepts and terminology.

Dr. Jess Dart, Founding Director, Clear Horizon;  Carina Calzoni, Managing Director, Clear Horizon.

Like to know more about MEL but don’t know where to start? Whether you’re interested in MEL as a career path or just need to know more about it from a social impact point of view, you’ll come away with an understanding of key MEL concepts and principles, and the vocabulary to join the conversation.

Course information

  • Mode: online
  • Pre-requisites: none
  • Cost: $200 AUD
  • Start date: 9 July 2021
  • Duration: 1 week
  • Hours of learning: 3

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Course overview

In this course, we’ll introduce you to relevant key concepts, terminology, and the essential mechanics of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning.
This short course is an introduction to Measurement, Evaluation & Learning. You can take it as a  standalone module, or as part of the greater suite of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning online courses we’ve created (see below for more modules in this series). Whichever you choose, each module will contribute to a greater understanding of MEL principles and practices. You may notice a shift in the use of “M” in this course to “Measurement” (as opposed to “Monitoring”) in response to the growing use of measurement data in evaluation and learning.

learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand the foundations of MEL
  • Articulate the purpose of MEL and who uses it
  • Understand core MEL language and terminology
  • Have an introductory understanding of the MEL Framework
  • Be aware of some example MEL principles
  • Recognise MEL in action from a field case study
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Course inclusions

  • Approximately 3-4 hours of learning to fit around your schedule
  • Great mix of content including text, images, videos and interactivities
  • Access to in-course discussions with peers and online mentors
  • Six months access to the course content post completion
Want to know if this course is right for you? Check out our FAQs page  or contact us on or (+61) 3 9425 7777 to find out more.


Introduction to MEL
Begin your MEL journey by learning about foundational concepts and terminology.

View course overview.
Start date: 9 July 2021
Duration: 1 week

Module 1

Creating the "M" in MEL
Join our global network of learners to deep dive into Theory of Change and Measurement. 

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Start date: TBC 2021
Duration: 5 weeks

Module 2

Putting the "E" in MEL
In this module, learn how to evaluate and make judgements about your program.

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Start date: TBC 2021
Duration: 6 weeks

Module 3

Applying the "L" in MEL
Find out how to use your MEL insights for Learning, Communicating and Adapting.

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Start date: TBC 2021
Duration: 3 weeks

Module 4


Join us to build your skills and create greater impact today!

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at practitioners, social innovators and funders who want to better understand the methods and principles underpinning MEL work for their project or initiative.

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New practitioners looking for an introductory level overview on Measurement, Evaluation & Learning.

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Social impact innovators, and collective impact and collaboration leads wanting to educate themselves or others about key concepts, terminology, and approaches to MEL.

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Social impact and services Funding Managers (for Government and Philanthropic grants and trusts) wishing to understand the basics of how funded programs are assessed.



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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.

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