Southern Hemisphere

{Southern Hemisphere}{Unit 5, 1st Floor, Rozenhof Office Court, 20 Kloof Street}{Cape Town}{8001}{Johannesburg}{South Africa}{(021) 422-0205}
Unit 5, 1st Floor, Rozenhof Office Court, 20 Kloof Street Cape Town, Johannesburg
Phone: (021) 422-0205

+27 (0) 21 422 0205

+27 (0) 21 424 7965

Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Development Projects

- Our flagship course now online -                                   


Strengthen your skills to design, collect and use evidence and enhance your organization’s contribution to meaningful social change. 

Explore how design, monitoring, evaluation and learning (DMEL) can build learning organisations, and contribute to social justice.

Get an orientation of how design, monitoring, evaluation and learning (DMEL) can build learning organisations, and contribute to social justice.

This course is for you if you want to upskill as an MEL practitioner or enhance your organisation’s ability to improve monitoring and evaluation


This foundation course introduces participants to:  

  • Key concepts and practical steps in project design, monitoring and evaluation 
  • Designing and planning strong development projects to achieve social change 
  • Designing a monitoring and evaluation plan  
  • Developing evaluative thinking 
  • Using evidence for learning 
  • Values and ethics in participatory and user focused development evaluation
  • PMEL in the context of COVID – ethical considerations and practical tips for remote working

The courses covers the Logical Framework Approach blended with Theory of Change to guide participants through the design process.

It balances the technical requirements for robust design, monitoring and evaluation, with the process considerations for building buy-in and support for monitoring and evaluation.  


A highly engaging blend of face-to-face online learning and self-study, running over 6 weeks. There are core and voluntary components, we are mindful of your time, while we help you stay motivated and stimulated.

You will learn from us, from each other, and from practical application. 

The course will be delivered remotely online via Zoom and Google Classroom.  We will provide support for these platforms throughout the course. The sessions will be held in English. 

Each Module runs over one week, and includes:  

Educator engagement:  Module launch via a video or live session, and includes one live session with an educator through a virtual participatory workshop. Educator sessions will be 2.5 hours in length, and will include time for participant engagement and discussion.

Educational resources:  Each module has planned activities, guidelines for practical exercises and learning resources including videos, reading materials, podcasts, discussion forum, fun activities etc.  Recordings of key sessions will be shared.

Practical application:  Participants will take the concepts learnt in each module, and apply them via a group or individual activity to a case study of their choosing. 

Assessment:  Throughout the course, the development of participants will be assessed through pre and post module quizzes. Participants will also be provided with opportunities to engage educators and provide feedback on their learning experience and outcomes.

Benefits of attending

  • Understand foundational concepts in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) concepts
  • Get an overview of design tools, including Theory of Change (TOC), Outcome Mapping (OM) and the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) 
  • Knowledge of analytical tools for design, including stakeholder, problem and alternatives analysis
  • How to develop a logic model including impact, outcomes, outputs, activities and assumptions using a blended form of the Logical Framework Approach and Theory of Change
  • Enhanced understanding of key evaluation criteria in PMEL such as effectiveness and sustainability
  • How to develop a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning plan
  • How to implement evaluation as a tool for social change
  • Understand how values, organizations, and people, influence our approach to evaluation
  • Overview of key evaluation approaches for outcomes and impact evaluation
  • How to design a good evaluation terms of reference


  1. Introduction to PMEL concepts, tools and course framework
  2. Project design: Analysis 
  3. Project design: Project planning
  4. Planning for monitoring, evaluation and learning
  5. Project Evaluation as a tool for social change 


Southern Hemisphere has been leading this course, in-person, for the last 20 years. Our trainers, all experienced MEL practitioners and facilitators, are excited to provide it now online.

Our trainers are all strong facilitators and technical experts ensuring that you get a good feel for the hard and soft skills for effective PMEL.

Course details

Duration:                              6 weeks
Dates:                                   Monday, 3 May 2021 – Friday, 11 June 2021.
Where:                                  Zoom and Google Classroom
Certification:                       Participants will be provided with a certificate on completion of a short assignment

Total time commitment:   40 hours (6-8 hours per week; including 1 contact session for 2.5 hours)

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$ 900  / ZAR 13 600 excl. VAT
For participants from US, Canada, Europe, and all       funders, consultants and private sector                       organizations. 
$ 770  /    ZAR 11 600 excl. VAT
For participants from not-for-profit sector in Africa/  Asia/Latin America

Discounts available 

  • Get a 25% discount if you sign up for the following package of 3 courses:  Theory of Change + Programme Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning + Designing and Managing Evaluation (Package deal: ZAR 18 296 excl VAT)
  • Early bird registration = 10% discount
  • Signing up 3 or more persons from one organization,
  • Signing up for a combination of 2 courses in one year (10%)

For more information or to complete your registration form:

Tel: + 27 (021) 422 0205