M&E Fundamentals

ME fundamentals

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Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is an essential component of any intervention, project, or program. This course will help you understand what M&E is, why it is important, and the basics of what it entails.


At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic purposes and scope of M&E
  • Differentiate between monitoring functions and evaluation functions
  • Describe the functions of an M&E plan
  • Identify the main components of an M&E plan
  • Identify and differentiate between conceptual frameworks, results frameworks, and logic models
  • Describe how frameworks are used for M&E planning
  • Identify criteria for the selection of indicators
  • Describe how indicators are linked to frameworks
  • Identify types of data sources
  • Describe how information can be used for decision-making


This course has been created by the following staff at MEASURE Evaluation:

  • Nina Frankel
  • Anastasia Gage
  • Erin Luben
  • Kavita Singh

Thanks to the reviewers who provided their insights and suggestions: Sian Curtis, Gustavo Angeles, Charles Teller, Virginia Lamprecht, Jim Shelton, Anupa Deshpande, and Fran Tain.

Indispensable help was also provided by Chris Davis from the INFO Project and Teresa Tirabassi from Multimedia Services at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs.


  • 2 hours


  • Saturday, March 11, 2006

Course Authors: 

  • Nina Frankel, MEASURE Evaluation

  • Anastasia Gage, MEASURE Evaluation

Course Managers: 

  • Nina Frankel, MEASURE Evaluation

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