Course Descriptions

HS 205A — Monitoring and Evaluation

Focuses on concepts and methods of M&E to support projects or programs to contribute to improvements in human capital and sustainable development goals. The course is designed to give students experience in fundamental problem-solving, skills, approaches, and tools applicable to project M&E. Attention is given to the context in which projects take place, with examples from different countries and real-world experiences. Students are equipped with knowledge in the fundamentals of results management across the project cycle (theories of change, results chains, results frameworks, monitoring plans, and evaluation matrices), and introduced to a range of methodologies that can be employed by development organizations, foundations, government, non-government, and other groups aiming to achieve results. The concepts covered in this course lay the foundational knowledge for students to support M&E of a project. A more in-depth coverage of specific methods and analytical approaches is covered by other courses at Heller, including courses on Measurement of Inequality to Health and Development, Randomized Control Trials, Cost-Effectiveness, Evaluating Survey Data Using Stata, and Applied Cost Benefit Analysis for Development Practitioners. The course also builds on concepts learned in the fall course on Planning and Implementation. Usually offered every year.

Jenny R. Gold