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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

We provide MEAL training for international development practitioners to build capacity and increase positive social change.  Using logic models and log frames, learn how to implement MEAL practices on our Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) training. Build confidence in how to define, collect, analyse and use information for results, accountability, and learning, and how to illustrate your organisational impact. 

We address MEAL for the entire results chain to demonstrate the importance of using information and knowledge for learning and evidence-based decision making. Find out how to develop a learning M&E system, use new digital technologies, and explore techniques for monitoring remotely. Transform your learning to reality with guidance using your skills in a real-life context. 


8 weeks or 5-10 days


Online and Face-to-Face


Starting at £980

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Why choose this course?

Do you need help with your MEAL plan? Do you want to refresh your knowledge, learn techniques and approaches, or develop a Log Frame? We will help you and your organization become more effective by enhancing MEAL practices. Find out how you can advocate for an effective MEAL system so your organization can become more responsive, strategic, and effective by using information and knowledge for evidence-based decision making.

Join us online or face-to-face for MEAL training for international development

We deliver our MEAL training for international development practitioners both online and face-to-face, so you can choose the course that's right for you and that will help you learn best. Our online course is 8 weeks long and covers the content of our 5-day face-to-face course. If you want even more MEAL training, you can join our 10-day face to face, or attend days 6-10 after completing our MEAL online course. This second week gives you the opportunity to put your new MEAL learning into practice, working with a live case study and further learning about Theory of Change, Knowledge Management and more. Want to find out more about our MEAL course options? Contact Us, and our team can help. 

Travel without the visa stress!

We know that travelling can come with the difficult process of visa applications. That’s why we are holding our training in Brighton, Cape Town and Bangkok – so you can get to the easiest place for you (and reduce your carbon footprint too!). The process to obtain a visa to enter certain countries, particularly the UK, is often lengthy and cannot be guaranteed. We are happy to provide support and assistance during the process however we would recommend that you attend our training in the location that will be easiest for you.

Through a mix of practical activities, theory and case examples, you will learn how to:
• Clarify key results with learning, and logical frameworks

• Combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to gather and interpret data

• Develop and work with a practical M&E system


MEAL fundamentals
• Results approaches: outputs, outcomes and impact
• Relate M&E to your programme and project cycle
• Identify stakeholders and their differing needs and roles
Results framework
• Work with and beyond Log Frames
Theory of Change
• Develop different types of logic models
• Approaches to Theory of Change
Log Frames and Results frameworks
• Develop indicators at different results levels
• Define your assumptions and risks
• Identify means of verification
Gathering data and information
• Quantitative and qualitative approaches and instruments
• Data organisation, quality assurance and analysis
• Design baseline, evaluation and impact studies
• Participatory data collection methodologies
• Digital and remote MEAL
Reviews and evaluations
• How to use reviews for agile decision making
• Using baseline data
• Evaluation types and methods
• Developing a ToR (Terms of Reference)
MEAL systems and plans
• Prepare a tailored MEAL plan
• The complete MEAL system
The learning organisation
• Use M&E information and evidence for decision-making
• Identify ways to foster a learning culture
• Become M&E change agents and champions

Learn in a way that suits your situation.

Find out more about our delivery methods:
Face to face learning
Online learning
Blended learning
"I would absolutely recommend this M&E training program for everybody in the development industry. Especially good for those who want to build their career in M&E, they wouldn’t regret it."
"This course was so rich, fulfilling and eye opening. The emphasis on learning in MEAL has really stood out for me and will be my take home message."
This course has a 5-day and ten day option for face-to-face training.
The online course has six 90 minute webinars.

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This course is also available as a tailored training for organizations. Please get in touch to find out more!

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Your questions answered

Are there any discount available?

Yes. Please see our fees and discounts page for the latest details and please get in touch if you have further questions.

Will I get certification?

You will receive a certificate on completion of the course, having fulfilled all the course requirements.

Are our training courses accredited?

As a training provider our trainings are accredited by HPass. We are also a member of The Continuing Professional Development Certification Service. Find out more by visiting our accreditation page.

What experience do I need to join one of your courses?

Nearly all our training participants work in international development. This includes working for a government, a private company, a non-government organisation, multilateral organisation, a smaller local projects or programme, or as a freelance consultant.

What level of English do I need for your courses?

All our open courses are delivered in English. You need good spoken English to work effectively with your facilitators and other participants. As much of our course content is technical and we use a participatory approach, you need to be an effective communicator in English. This means an IELTS score of six or above, a paper TOEFL score of 550, or a computer TOEFL score of 210.

Who are your facilitators?

Our course facilitators are expert development practitioners. Their skills and experience come from doing training and consultancy work around the world with different organisations. With expertise grounded in practical experience, we guarantee our training is relevant and up-to-date to the needs of our participants.

What is the IMA training style?

IMA’s training style is participatory and interactive using a blend of short informative lectures and group work. Throughout the courses we give participants opportunities to share experiences, exchange ideas and network with other development practitioners.

How do I enrol on a face-to-face IMA course?

Application Process:

1. Complete your application form
2. IMA reviews your application
3. Your Sponsor confirms budget
4. IMA receives your payment
5. Course is confirmed and you receive your Welcome Pack.
6. Book your flights and accommodation
7. Course starts


If you have any questions regarding your application or sponsorship, please call IMA International on +44 1273 833030.

1. Once you have chosen your course, fill in our online application, please e-mail us if you have any problems.

2. We will assess your application within 3 days.

3. If you have a sponsor, we will contact them.

4. Once we receive the Confirmation of Sponsorship, we will send the invoice, acceptance letter and visa support letter.

5. The invoice is paid.

6. We will confirm your course at least four weeks before the start date. Then send a Welcome Pack for you to go ahead and book flights and accommodation. If we have to cancel the course and you have already paid, we will refund the amount in full.

How do I enrol on an online IMA course?

1: Go to ’’Courses’’ , select a course: you can read more about the specific course here and you can find the application form by clicking on ’’Apply”

2: Send in your application form.

3: IMA’s team will process this within 3 days and send you a confirmation email and invoice, Learning Needs Statement form for you to return before the course starts (this helps our facilitators understand your learning needs) and the Terms and Conditions.

4: Pay your course fee according to the sent invoice.

5: The course is confirmed and the joining instructions are sent one week before the training starts.

Who is the sponsor?

Your sponsor is the person who authorises payment of the course fees. This is usually your manager or training manager. You need to put their contact details on our application form so we know your organisation has authorised your course fees and supports your application. Once we have reviewed your application, your sponsor will need to send us official confirmation of sponsorship.

I don’t have a sponsor or funding. What should I do?

Most of our participants are sponsored by their organisation. If you do not have a sponsor, you will need to find what funding streams are available to you. Although we look for ways to help participants with the course fees, we regret we are currently not able to offer any form of sponsorship or funding.

What is included in the face to face course fees?

Included in the course fee is: tuition (presentations, group activities and one-to-one support throughout), a field visit (where practical) on courses more than five days, a hard copy of training materials (and on USB), course certificate and participant group photo, light refreshments throughout, a social and cultural programme which includes an evening dinner and a 1 to 1 coaching session with a certified coach on our fifteen day courses.

What is included in the online course fees?

Included in the course fee is: tuition (online learning platform, group work, one-to one support throughout), resources and training materials that can be downloaded from our online learning platform, 1 to 1 mentoring session with your trainers 3 months after the training, access to the course and materials for 6 months.

Have a Question?
Why not call and speak to a member of our team. We are always delighted to talk with past or potential clients, and we can talk with you about your specific interests and questions.
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