Creating the "M" in MEL (Measurement, Evaluation & Learning)

MEL Module 2

Developing your Theory of Change and Measurement Framework.

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

Join a global network of learners to deep-dive into the foundations of our MEL system: Theory of Change and Measurement.

In this course – designed to fit around your schedule – you’ll have the chance to access our industry thought leaders who can help you put your learnings straight into practice.

Course information

  • Mode: online
  • Pre-requisites: MEL Module 1 or relevant field experience
  • Cost: $825 AUD
  • Start date: July 2021 (tbc)
  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Hours of learning: 15
  • Virtual sessions: 1 hour per week (time/date tbc)

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Course overview

Having facilitated over a thousand theory of change workshops and designed hundreds of measurement systems, the Clear Horizon team are pioneers in the use of theory of change and measurement in evaluation contexts.

In this module, we’ll provide you with a practical step-by-step process for clarifying your theory of change and developing a measurement framework for your  program or initiative – key for developing your own robust and insightful MEL plan.

  • Weeks 1-3

    We'll introduce you to theory of change, and how to use it to develop your MEL plan. You will learn the basic concepts, terminology and mechanics of how to clarify a theory of change, as well as real-world examples of what a good theory of change looks like.

  • Weeks 4-5

    We turn our focus to building a practical measurement framework based on your theory of change so you can track your progress and final results. You will learn a practical step-by-step process to build a measurement framework based on your theory of change, including how to capture qualitative data insights.

learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain what a theory of change is and how it differs from other approaches
  • Apply the steps for clarifying a theory of change to a real project, program or initiative
  • Identify points of measurement from your theory of change
  • Build a full measurement framework for a project
  • Know how your measurement framework will help you constantly adapt and improve your work
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Course inclusions

  • 3-4 hours of learning per week to fit around your schedule 
  • Great mix of quality learning content including text, images, videos and interactivities
  • Real world assignments to expand your learning and practical application
  • Access to in-course discussions with peers and mentors
  • Live group virtual sessions with expert mentors and your peers
  • Six months access to the course 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.

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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 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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People wanting to learn how to use theory of change to clarify their project, program and initiative, and how to build a pratical measurement system based on this.

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People looking for a refresher and additional insights and examples of theory of change-led measurement systems.



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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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