Evaluation

Tackle the big questions of your change program with confidence

Learn how to evaluate and make judgements about your program.
Format

Facilitated Online
Course

Starting date

September
13

Duration

6 weeks
24 Hours

Price starting from

$1160
AUD

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Course Outcomes

Learn why evaluation is important

Understand the significance of program evaluation and how it can help drive better outcomes.

Build your evaluation strategy

Explore the range of approaches to evaluation, establish your criteria and develop Key Evaluation Questions that are relevant for your program. 

Gain valuable insights from data

Learn about data collection methods and how to choose the most effective ones for your specific context.

Take your skills to the next level

Learn the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Unlock the power of synthesising data streams to address your key evaluation questions, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.
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Choose your package

Basic

$1,160 AUD
This package includes:
  • Comprehensive course materials, tools, and interactive content
  • Weekly one-hour virtual sessions led by your expert course mentor
  • Free enrolment into additional resources
  • PDF course Handbook
  • Feedback on your work-based course project throughout the course
  • One 45-minute one-to-one coaching session  
  • Two 30-minute one-to-one coaching sessions  
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Standard

$1,610 AUD
This package includes:
  • Comprehensive course materials, tools, and interactive content
  • Weekly one-hour virtual sessions led by your expert course mentor
  • Free enrolment into additional resources
  • PDF course handbook
  • Feedback on your work-based course project throughout the course
  • One 45-minute one-to-one coaching session  
  • Two 30-minute one-to-one coaching sessions  

Premium

$2,510 AUD
This package includes:
  • Comprehensive course materials, tools, and interactive content
  • Weekly one-hour virtual sessions led by your expert course mentor
  • Free enrolment into additional resources
  • PDF course handbook
  • Feedback on your work-based course project throughout the course
  • One 45-minute one-to-one coaching session  
  • Two x 30-minute one-to-one coaching sessions
If you purchase a standard or premium package using a discount, the discount will be applied to the basic course fee portion of the package, the 'upgrade' portion of the fee is not eligible for discounts.

The Complete guide to MEL

Your end-to-end journey

To help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) methodology and create a practical, ready-to-implement MEL plan, we recommend completing all four courses of the Complete Guide to MEL. Signing up for the Complete Guide to MEL package also gives you more than 20% off!

Our learners love us

I absolutely loved the course and got SO much out of it. Huge thanks to you and the team for turning this course into such a terrific online offering. We’ve reimagined and redeveloped our MEL Framework and approach, and created a whole lot of tools to support it. The course certainly gave me a really good foundation to understand what we’re doing and to lead it all. 
Jess Hill

The online course was affordable and flexible. There's a bit of a family feel with the Clear Horizon Academy.It was a really positive experience and I continue to access the many resources and reasonably priced training programs being offered.
Tanya Heaney

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

Frequently asked questions

Why learn with Clear Horizon?

For nearly two decades, we have worked with changemakers across some of the world’s best-known NFPs, NGOs, and social enterprises, such as The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Menzies Foundation, Care, and Oxfam Australia, to name a few.

We are dedicated to empowering changemakers from projects of all sizes by equipping them with practical and rigorously tested methods and knowledge. Our Complete Guide to MEL course is built on our extensive experience and is the very best place for beginner and intermediate learners to understand how the right framework, data, and approach can make all the difference in their impact work.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Social change leaders.
  • Government and philanthropic funding managers.
  • Changemakers looking to grow their skillsets.
  • M&E professionals ready to incorporate learning into their evaluation practice.
  • Aspiring and seasoned project evaluators.

How do your online courses work?

Each of our courses offer quality multimedia content delivered via our learning platform that can be completed anytime from any device wherever you may be. As part of offering a personalised learning experience, we have integrated a one-hour live virtual session per module. It is not a requirement to attend as we know it can be difficult to balance work/life/study, however we do encourage attendance. But don’t stress if you can’t make it, as we post recordings of the session afterwards. We also offer moderated forums encouraging learners to share their experiences and hear more from our mentors. Feedback from learners is that they have enjoyed interacting during these sessions and watch them if they can’t be in attendance. The virtual sessions are held during office hours (Australian Eastern Standard time).

How do I deepen my MEL learning?

Our Complete Guide to Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) includes all 4 courses in our MEL training. We love for our learners to participate in all courses to benefit from the full MEL experience. But if you’re only looking to brush up on specific skills or areas, we’ve designed each course to also be valuable as a stand-alone.

How will personalised coaching benefit my learning?

Opting for the standard or premium package secures one-to-one time with Lee-Anne Molony, Partner and Director at Clear Horizon. This time is devoted to tackling the questions you have in applying your learning to your specific context and making sure your coursework sets you up for success.

What's the difference between MEL and M&E?

What is the difference between MEL and M&E?​At Clear Horizon, we've adopted Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) as an alternative to the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) approach. ​

‘Measurement’ replaces ‘Monitoring’ because we think it’s more active and it emphasises that we regularly use this data to draw out insights and learn. Which is where ‘Learning’ comes in; we believe adaptive learning should be a core element of a balanced MEL approach so you can really drive your impact.​

MEL ensures accountability and transparency while enabling changemakers to adapt and learn from their work. Our MEL training provides an excellent foundation for M&E practice and will enable you to bring more to the table when it comes to learning and adapting.

What is Theory of Change and a MEL plan?

A Theory of Change is a description and illustration of how and why a desired change is expected to happen in a program or project. It really helps you think about how you will achieve your goals and what interim results might be. On the other hand, a Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) plan is a framework that has a strong learning focus. It helps you to track, learn, and adapt your work to acheive your goals. MEL is designed to serve the needs of change-makers by enabling them to rapidly identify what's not working and adapt.

When do the virtual sessions run?

The virtual sessions for this course run on Thursday afternoons between 2:00-3:15pm AEST/AEDT. Sessions run on the following dates:

Evaluating Impact
3 October 2024
10 October 2024
17 October 2024
24 October 2024
31 October 2024
7 November 2024
COURSE EXPERTS

Meet our team

Jess Dart
Course Author
Chief Evaluator, Founder 
Inventor of practical methodologies and a highly sought-after facilitator, Jess navigates complexity with comfort and helps her clients to clarify their desired outcomes and how to get there.Jess has over 25 years’ experience in evaluating and designing social change initiatives in Australia and overseas. She is passionate about developing real-world evaluation and strategy for social justice and sustainability. In particular, she works with systems change interventions, large-scale strategy and social innovation.
Anna Strempel
Lead Mentor
Principal Consultant
Anna is skilled at creating environments where people feel safe to question, experiment and ideate.Anna has worked across the environmental, international development and asylum seeker/refugee sectors in roles spanning research, journalism, project management and evaluation. Her diverse professional background strengthens her evaluation practice and helps her to understand each client’s unique needs. She is passionate about facilitating positive change, and particularly enjoys that aspect of evaluation work.
Gabrielle Chamberland
Support Mentor
Senior Consultant 
Gabrielle’s experience includes research and evaluation, strategy, communications, and engagement. Her goal is always to equip her clients to generate positive change. She enjoys engaging with project stakeholders and communities, having facilitated many co-design and engagement activities such as workshops, focus groups, and interviews.Her multidisciplinary background means Gabrielle can easily understand complex systems and how their pieces interact.
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