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

Implementing a Results-Based Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning  System


Objectives and methodology

Southern Hemisphere is a leader in the design of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) systems. Our experience is drawn from a range of different clients including NGO's, South African government stakeholders and multi-lateral organisations. "Learning by doing" has given us practical insights into the steps to follow and each step is designed to maximise commitment and compliance. As you know, the best system needs the commitment of people to implement it.

The objective of the course in MEL system design is to equip development practitioners with the knowledge and expertise to design, operationalise and manage a process using an MEL System.

The course builds on the foundations established in our course on Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and presupposes a basic knowledge of MEL, particularly the development of an MEL plan.

The course also provides a space for development practitioners to collaborate with each other by sharing knowledge and experiences in the field.



Delegates will be able to

Understand the components of an MEL system

Understand what supporting institutional arrangements need to be in place for successful MEL and reporting

Operationalise the MEL system (i.e. how to make the MEL plan "come alive")

Outline the process of implementing an MEL system

Indicate the challenges and solutions regarding compliance with your data collection, analysis and reporting

Understand the benefit of adopting a participatory approach to design

Understand the Government-wide MEL System

Understand who key partners are in an MEL system

Identify roles and responsibilities for MEL role players

Develop means of verification

Develop MEL system reporting formats

Conduct a stakeholder and situation analysis for the design of an MEL system

Course Outline

Overview of a monitoring and evaluation system (MEL System)

What are the necessary foundations for a MEL system

7 steps to developing an MEL system:


Step 1: Building commitment and cooperation

Step 2: Conducting a situation analysis for the design of an MEL system


Step 3: Methods for designing an MEL plan

Step 4: Design of MEL forms (means of verification)

Step 5: Design of reporting formats


Step 6: Developing guidelines for indicator definitions, data gathering, data analysis and reporting institutional arrangements for implementation of the MEL system. Developing guidelines for the use of MEL data

Step 7: Institutional arrangements for the implementation of an MEL system. Hints and tips for the successful design and implementation of an MEL system