Introduction to Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL)

MEL Module 1

Dr. Jess Dart, CEO, Clear Horizon,  Carina Calzoni, General Manager, Clear Horizon.
In this course, we’ll be introducing you to relevant key concepts, terminology, and the essential mechanics of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL).
Kick off your MEL journey by getting a grasp on the foundations of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning with this new digital course.

Course information

  • Mode: online
  • Pre-requisites: none
  • Cost: $150 AUD
  • Start date: 8 February 2021
  • Duration: 1 week
  • Intensity: 3-4 hours per week

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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 courses 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

Course inclusions

  • Approximately 3.5 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
  • Group virtual session with a mentor
  • Indefinite access to the course content post formal course conclusion
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Introduction to MEL
Start your journey by learning key concepts, terminology, and the essential mechanics of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning, and meet your evaluation cohort.

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Start date: Feb 2021
Duration: 1 week

Module 1

Clarify your Theory of Change
In this module, we’ll be introducing you to theory of change, what it is, and how it is used to help develop a Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) plan.

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Start date: 20 July 2020
Duration: 3 weeks

Module 2

Build a Measurement Framework
Learn how to build a practical measurement framework based on your theory of change to support progress tracking and final results for your evaluation.

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Start date: 10 August 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 3

Scope & Frame your MEL work
In module four, it will be time for you to get clear on what to cover when you are scoping your Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) work.

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Start date: 24 August 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 4

Craft your evaluation questions
We'll cover why having a tailored and clear conceptual framework for the evaluation component is an essential aspect of your MEL planning.

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Start date: 7 September 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 5

Choose your MEL methods
In this course, we’ll be introducing you to a smorgasbord of different evaluation methods, and how to go about choosing the right ones for your context.

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Start date: 5 October 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 6

Data Analysis and Data Weaving
Introducing you to quantitative and qualitative data analysis, using various data lines and weaving them together to answer the big questions that drive learning and improvement.

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Start date: 26 October 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 7

Strategic Learning & Engagement
Strategic learning is all about using data and insights to refine and adapt your strategy. In this module, find out why it's a defining feature of MEL and is the ‘L’ in MEL.

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Start date: 9 October 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 8

Reporting & Visualisation 2020
In this module, we'll help you effectively share your learnings through selecting the right style, tone and approach to reporting and visualisation for your context and audience.

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Start date: 16 November 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 9

MEL Project
In this course, we’ll be putting into practice everything we have learned through our online suite of MEL modules into your own learning project.

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Start date: 30 November 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 10

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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.
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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 others about key concept, terminology, and key element levels

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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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