Putting the "E" in MEL (Measurement, Evaluation & Learning)


Learn how to evaluate and make judgements about your program.
Dr. Jess Dart, Founding Director, Clear Horizon; Carina Calzoni, General Manager, Clear Horizon.

Join a global network of learners to deep-dive into the world of Evaluation, covering everything from how to design a user-focussed MEL system, to selecting the right evaluation methodologies for your project.

We’ll be sharing a well-tested and practical approach to developing the right questions for assessing the impact of your project, and how to measure and analyse your data.

Course information

  • Mode: online
  • Pre-requisites: MEL Module 2 or relevant field experience
  • Cost: $990 AUD
  • Start date: August 2021 (tbc)
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Hours of learning: 18
  • Virtual sessions: 1 hour per week (date and time tbc)

What our learners say

"The (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

This module focuses on evaluation scoping, planning, methodology selection, and analysis. 

  • Week 1

    Get clear on scoping your Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) work. You’ll learn the basic concepts and steps to scope a user-focused and context specific MEL system.

  • Weeks 2-3

    Having a tailored and clear conceptual framework for the evaluation component is an essential aspect of MEL planning. You’ll craft a set of tailored evaluation questions to guide the ‘E’ of your MEL.

  • Weeks 4-5

    Having done the hard yards on scoping, you'll be ready to select the right data collection methods for your context. You’ll learn about the vast range of methods available, and when and how to use them.

  • Week 6

    To wrap up the course you will learn the basic steps of quantitative and qualitative data analysis, taking various lines of data and weaving them together to answer your key evaluation questions that drive learning and improvement.

learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of evaluation in MEL
  • Develop an evaluation plan
  • Develop a set of tailored MEL principles and specify the evaluation approach
  • Select the right evaluative criteria to underpin your question framework
  • Break down your key questions to guide data collection
  • Create a set of key evaluation questions for a case study
  • Choose the right evaluation method mix for your evaluation purpose, budget and skills level
  • Use data to develop a results chart to support evidence-backed judgments
  • Know where to find resources and tool kits to use
  • Sign up today and save!

    By booking the Complete Guide to MEL, you'll instantly receive a 20% discount on our 4-module learning package, valued at $2640. That's a saving of over $500.

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 info@clearhorizonacademy.com 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. 

View course overview.
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.

View course overview.
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

Course Mentors

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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New practitioners looking for a comprehensive MEL guide, and experienced practitioners wanting a refresh with the latest tools and trends.

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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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