Top 5 Monitoring and Evaluation Distance Learning Courses

Results-Based Project Management: Monitoring and Evaluation

Results-Based Project Management: Monitoring and Evaluation is a free online project management course offered by the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The course is among the top-ranked MOOCs in its category and is provided through a partnership with CLEAR Anglophone Africa. Although the class is geared specifically toward project management on the African continent, many of its topics are universal, making the course beneficial for those with a general interest in the subject. The class lasts for eight weeks and requires students to spend 3-4 hours weekly on each of the following eight instruction modules: What are results and why are they important?; Introduction to the Results Chain; Results statements; Performance indicators, baselines and targets; Identifying assumptions and risk; Monitoring systems; and The role of evaluations. Students take a final exam during the last week of the class. Those who successfully pass the exam can receive a certificate of completion for a fee of $199.

Evaluating Social Programs

Evaluating Social Programs is a free online sociology course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. The purpose of the course is to help managers and researchers from international development organizations, foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations to self-assess their organizations and to fairly assess other organizations. Although the class is self-paced, the instructor recommends the coursework be completed over a six-week period with students devoting three to five hours of study time to the class weekly. Students who require a verified certificate of completion must pay a fee of $99.

Social Work Practice in Community Organization, Management and Policy/Evaluation

Social Work Practice in Community Organization, Management and Policy/Evaluation is a free online social sciences course offered by the University of Michigan in the United States. The course is a part of the university’s Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research MicroMasters Program but can also be taken on its own. During each week of the class, students focus on a different video instruction module that takes 8 to 10 hours to complete. The titles of the modules are: Introduction: The History and Components of Macro Practice, Advocacy as a Form of Social Action, Models of Community Organization Practice and Their Implications, Organizing and Mobilizing Communities, Assessing Community Needs and Strengths, Understanding Community-Based Organizations, Human Resources Management: Managing Staff in Organizations, and Ethical and Legal Issues in Macro Practice.

Research for Impact

Research for Impact is a free online humanities course offered by the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The class uses the real-world example of the Semi-arid Regions (ASSAR) Project to show how research can be used to drive social change. Lasting for six weeks, the class consists of six video instruction modules that require a time commitment of about three to four hours to complete. Among the topics explored in the videos are Planning for Impact, Engaging and Partnering, Communicating for Impact, Building Capacities, and Influencing for Impact.

Evidence-Based Project Management

Evidence-Based Project Management is a free online project management course offered by Australian National University in Australia. The course fulfills one of the requirements for the school’s Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters Program but it can also be taken as a standalone class. During each week of the six-week course, students spend 8 to 10 hours watching video lectures and completing supplemental assignments. The modules are: Portfolio, program and project management; Project benefits and initiation; Processes to create project outputs;  Monitoring and control; Project performance and evaluation; and Contingency and context.

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