Monitoring and Evaluation in Community Development Projects

Online Short Course

R9 500.00 R7 690.00

Course Fees
8 weeks


As a practice, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. This is because of a need to ensure transparency and accountability on the usage of resources in community development projects. There has been an ongoing push globally to have an acceptable approach to measuring and qualifying a project’s impact and its effectiveness. Skills gained in this course will contribute to a growing global and local field of development management, in particular, M&E in the context of community projects.

The course will provide you with foundational M&E theory as well as the application of M&E skills, such as data collection tools, using M&E findings for enhancing learning and stakeholder engagement, planning a project using the logical framework, developing a clear theory of change, and writing clear evaluation reports.

Subject Expert

Martha Sibanda holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with expertise in community development, monitoring and evaluation, disaster risk reduction, public management and administration. Her other research interests include development management, climate change impact on rural and the urban poor, gender issues and innovative pedagogical practices in Higher Education in Africa.

Martha is passionate about monitoring and evaluation as, combined, they form a very powerful project management tool and inform an organisation or individuals on whether the desired project goals and impact are being achieved.

As an experienced social science researcher, she loves sharing new skills and knowledge with others, and ultimately enhancing their capabilities in handling issues that affect their line of work and personal lives.

Tutor Support

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience.

The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

BASIC REQUIREMENTS To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS Our online short learning programmes may require additional software applications. These additional software applications requirements will be communicated to you in this information pack and/or on the website course page. Damelin Online does not provide any additional software applications required for online short learning programmes.

Please note: Google, YouTube and Vimeo may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficulty in accessing our course content.

How You Will Learn

Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules, designed to assist you throughout your learning process through diverse learning activities:

  • Learn through all your interactive course notes
  • Review case studies and supplementary resources
  • Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
  • View a range of course video lectures presented by our Subject Matter Experts
  • Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Course Facilitator via the discussion forum and Zoom webinars


Upon successful completion of this online short learning programme, you will receive the recognition of your knowledge and skills with a Damelin Certificate of Competence. Your certificate of competence will be issued in your registered name and will be couriered at no additional cost.

You will be required to complete a series of assessments that will be facilitated through our virtual learning environment. Your course handbook will be made available to you once you have commenced with your short learning programme.


  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    Introduction to Community Development and M&E
  • MODULE 2
    Introduction to Theory of Change (TOC)
  • MODULE 3
    Ethical Principles in M&E and Community Development Projects
  • MODULE 4
    Orientation to M&E Plans
  • MODULE 5
    Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in M&E
  • MODULE 6
    Report Writing in M&E
  • MODULE 7

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