Effective monitoring and evaluation of programs remains both a challenge and priority in developing and emerging economies. It is a key element for successful planning and implementation of development programs in sectors such as health, education, agriculture, rural and urban development, and municipal services.

Our online Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Development (MELD) program will give you the key steps and analytical tools needed to design and monitor programs and develop an analytical framework to evaluate their performance and outcomes.

About the Program

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand and build Theories of Change for the design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and programs
  • Implement monitoring strategies, with an emphasis on result-based programs, for effective project and program execution and learning.
  • Design and implement a range of evaluative methods commonly used by multilateral and bilateral development agencies

The program is divided into nine (9) class sessions meeting with live meetings, readings and opportunities for additional office hours. Each class session is composed of a conceptual and an applied component. The conceptual components are designed to introduce participants to the theoretical underpinnings, frequently used concepts, and logical structure and sequencing of project and program design, monitoring, implementation and learning. The applied portion aims to use specific case studies and exercises to deepening the understanding of conceptual elements and their application.

Topics covered

M&E Planning and Management

  • Integrating planning, monitoring, and evaluation for results
  • Identifying indicators and collecting data and resources
  • Choosing and developing a framework applicable to development programs
  • Identifying and involving stakeholders in joint processes
  • Identifying and planning for M&E institutional architecture
  • Human resources and capacity building for M&E

M&E Techniques and Processes

  • Decentralized evaluations
  • Employing cost benefit and cost effectiveness analysis
  • Developing socio-economic performance indicators
  • Innovative techniques for valuing public program outputs and outcomes
  • Sector-specific analytical frameworks (e.g., health, education, agriculture, sanitation, rural and urban development, transportation, and municipal services)
  • Using Excel to conduct and estimate the impact of real life programs
  • Statistical theory and tools, sampling, distributions, randomized trials
  • Public sector managers, planners, program analysts and accountants
  • Agencies engaged in planning, implementation and evaluation of development programs
  • Professionals in NGOs, development banks and donor agencies

Tuition for the M&EDP program is $2,500.*

Tuition and fees cover:

  • Faculty instruction from Duke faculty and expert guest speakers from the World Bank, IMF, etc.
  • All course materials and resources
  • Access to DCID’s Learning Management system
  • Staff support regarding course participation

Tuition does not cover personal costs related to joining the program virtually. 

*Reach out to our staff to inquire about program tuition discounts for Duke and executive education alumni as well as for group rates.



June 3 - 21, 2024 MWF
9-11:30 a.m. US Eastern Time

Priority Application Deadline

April 1, 2024


All classes will be held virtually using the Zoom video conference platform.


Email the ExEd Team at dcidexed@duke.edu.


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About the Faculty

Hans-Martin Boehmer

Hans-Martin Boehmer is an accomplished professional in the field of international finance and development with over 30 years of experience spanning the private sector, government, and international organizations. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor of the Practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and contributes to multilateral financial institutions including the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Investment Bank, and the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development as a consultant.

He is a faculty member at the International Law Institute, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Since 2015, he has been teaching development-related courses on topics such as project management, monitoring and evaluation, and policy analysis, sharing his expertise with a wide range of countries from Barbados to Sri Lanka. He previously held the position of Senior Manager at the World Bank Group’s Independent Evaluation Group, where he spearheaded institutional reforms to boost data accountability and transparency. He held the Chair for the global initiative to solidify monitoring and evaluation systems in low and middle-income countries (theclearinitiative.org).

Hans-Martin Boehmer holds a Ph.D. with distinction in Economics from Georgetown University, an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Bonn, as well as an Executive Management Certificate in Business Administration from Harvard University.

The last two weeks have been a pleasure both personally and professionally. The program targeted the content to the participants, and also showed a good balance of theory and practice.

Dominique Ambrose-Charles, MELD participant