Many Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) courses, developed by USAID and other organizations, are available to USAID Mission and project staff.

Use the search function below to identify online courses that meet your current needs. You can also view all of USAID’s Global Health eLearning Center M&E-related courses in one place at this link.

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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adapting (MERLA)

RTI International, 2-5 hours,
This course takes participants through five modules introducing Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) for international development programs. Participants learn how to integrate MERLA into the project cycle, develop data collection instruments and manage performance and evaluation data, design program logic models and performance indicators, and understand implementing costs.

Preparing Data for Impact Analysis

Global Health Learning Center, 2-5 hours,
This course introduces learners to apply theories of social and behavior change communication and advanced statistical methods to improve the measurement of health communication impact. Upon completing this course, learners can operationalize key variables to measure exposure, ideation, and psychosocial, behavioral, and social change; and manipulate data (coding, recoding, and generating new variables and scales) for analysis.

Demographic and Health Surveys: Data Use

Global Health Learning Center, 1-2 hours,
This course provides an overview of the Demographic and Health Surveys project so program staff, policymakers, and researchers are better able to use DHS data to make evidence-based decisions. Learners will understand the steps in conducting a DHS survey; comprehend basic DHS tables, including understanding basic DHS terminology, and patterns in the data tables and figures; and use DHS data and online tools to inform programs and policies.

Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan for Food Security and Agriculture Programmes

FAO eLearning Academy, 2-5 hours,
This course prepares participants to plan the information needs for monitoring, pilotage, and evaluation over the life cycle of food, nutrition security, and agriculture programs. The course offers practical guidance on building an M&E system that is practical and relevant to a program's needs.

Data Use for Program Managers (HIV/AIDS-specific)

Global Health Learning Center, MEASURE Evaluation, 1-2 hours,
This course promotes data use for evidence-based HIV/AIDS program planning and improvement. Learners understand concepts of data use and how to apply them to make decisions and answer key questions.

Designing and Implementing Monitoring & Evaluating Systems

Aga Khan Foundation, 2-5 hours
This course teaches participants how to expand program results frameworks and indicators into a well-functioning system of data collection, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and learning. Participants learn a five-step process of establishing an M&E system for a project or program—from defining results frameworks to data collection, analysis, and monitoring outputs.

Basic and Advanced Impact Analysis

Global Health Learning Center, 2-5 hours,
This course introduces the application of theories of social and behavior change communication and advanced statistical methods to improve the measurement of health communication impact. Upon completing this course, learners can apply basic and advanced multivariate methods to test causal models of communication impact, overcome threats to validity in evaluation design, and strengthen causal inference.

Monitoring and Evaluation Practices

Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project, 1-2 hours
This course outlines the basics of humanitarian and development program M&E. Participants learn how to differentiate between monitoring and evaluation, develop a logical framework (logframe) based on a theory of change to design effective programs, choose appropriate data collection methods, and prepare for and conduct meaningful data analysis and action planning.

MEAL DPro: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

DPro, 6+ hours
This course outlines the fundamentals of program Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL). Participants learn how to design logic models and frameworks and use MEAL planning tools, such as Performance Management Plans and Indicator Performance Tracking Tables, to collect information and make decisions.

M&E of Population, Health and Nutrition Programs

MEASURE Evaluation, 6+ hours,
These course materials outline M&E plan design for programs such as nutrition, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS. The course provides an overview of results frameworks, program indicators, program evaluation types, and the identification of data sources. Materials include PowerPoint slides with speaker notes, course handouts, case studies, and group activities.

Data Demand and Use: An Introduction to Concepts and Tools

MEASURE Evaluation, Self-guided,
This course provides the conceptual basis for data-informed decision-making within an organization or program, or at the national, state, or district levels of government. Participants are introduced to several tools created by MEASURE Evaluation to facilitate the use of data in decision-making. Participants learn the roles and context in which decisions are made, and data is used and shared.

Gender M&E

Global Health Learning Center, MEASURE Evaluation, 1-2 hours,
This course outlines how gender can be integrated into health and gender program M&E. It is useful for M&E officers who seek to integrate a gender perspective into their efforts. Participants learn the difference between sex-disaggregated indicators and gender-sensitive indicators; review key gender considerations in data collection, interpretation, and use; and become familiar with specific tools and resources to support gender M&E.

Economic Evaluation Basics

Global Health Learning Center, MEASURE Evaluation, 1-2 hours,
This course provides an overview of the key considerations for conducting economic evaluations and their role in policy and program decision-making. Participants learn about the utility of economic evaluation in international public health, identify the common methods of economic evaluation and which best suits a given situation, and understand how to conduct an economic evaluation.

Program Monitoring and Evaluation: Basic Principles

Feed the Future, Tufts, 1-2 hours,
This module provides an overview of the principles and practice of program monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on how to define and measure a program’s success using the appropriate indicators and research design. The course is designed for researchers, project staff, and development practitioners who need to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate development projects, with a particular emphasis on food security and nutrition-related programs in developing countries.

Data Quality

Global Health Learning Center, MEASURE Evaluation, 1-2 hours,
This course outlines what data quality is, why it is important, and how programs can improve it, particularly for HIV/AIDS programs. Participants learn the seven dimensions of data quality and identify the types of double counting that can impact quality and the strategies that can be employed to avoid it.

Introduction to Impact Evaluation of Health Communication Programs

Global Health Learning Center, 2-5 hours,
This course teaches learners how to apply theories of social and behavior change communication and advanced statistical methods to improve the measurement of health communication impact. Learners develop a theory of change to guide the design of impact analysis, describe the types of research designs and the strengths and weaknesses of each, and identify threats to the validity of causal inferences and how to overcome them.

Fundamentals of Program Evaluation

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 6+ hours,
This course outlines different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment, and cost analysis. Participants complete a series of exercises to design a conceptual framework, develop indicators, analyze computerized service statistics, and develop an evaluation plan to measure impact.

Planning for Monitoring and Evaluation

FHI360, 6+ hours
This course outlines the basics of M&E. Participants learn how to plan for data collection, management, analysis, and use. Participants are guided through the process of creating a project M&E plan. Learners who complete this free online course are eligible to receive a certificate of achievement from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

M&E Fundamentals: A Self-Guided Minicourse

MEASURE Evaluation, Self-guided,
This course covers monitoring and evaluation basics for population, health, and nutrition programs. Participants 1) learn the main components of an M&E plan and the differences between conceptual and results frameworks and logic models, 2) identify criteria for the selection of indicators and how they link to frameworks, and 3) become familiar with data types and fostering data for decision-making.