Advanced Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation: Project Management for the UN, Government, and NGOs

Program Description:

The one-semester blended (mix of online and in-person) NYU-SPS Center for Global Affairs Advanced Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation: Project Management for the UN, Government, and NGOs provides students with a strong foundation in monitoring and evaluation program design and implementation. Students explore the variety of tools and techniques used to measure project progress and report outcomes to the appropriate internal and external stakeholders—including donors, funders, supervisors, or the population being served. Students design relevant and effective frameworks, and they learn the required methods to conduct effective data collection, statistical analysis, and reporting. Through these lessons and through exposure to real case studies drawn from relevant organizations students gain the skills needed to be able to conduct a monitoring and evaluation program for development organizations, NGOs, or private organizations in the development, peacebuilding, energy, gender studies, or transnational security sectors.

Program Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of what monitoring and evaluation mean
  • Build a project or program design and monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Develop and utilize appropriate indicators for measuring project or program goals, outcomes, outputs, and impacts/effectiveness
  • Demonstrate an understanding of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and they ability to use them in project or program monitoring and evaluation
  • Write reports and recommendations

Work Product:

This diploma will enable students to gain critical skills in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) across industries and sectors. Through incorporating a theory-practice approach, students will be able to gain rigorous theoretical and scientific knowledge into how to go about constructing a monitoring and evaluation program within the domain they are interested in. Students then will proceed to understand the various designs available to them to conduct such a program, leading to data collection, analysis, and insights. As a final product, students will develop an M&E program, including a data analysis and reporting plan. The framework format and components will be discussed in the introductory course to reflect what specific sectors and industries use. These M&E programs will be presented to a panel of industry experts and M&E professionals for feedback and evaluation.

Job Skills:

  • Research
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Project or program management
  • Report writing
  • Oral and written presentation skills

Jobs Titles:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • Program or Program Management Officer
  • Program or Business Development Specialist
  • Grants Manager
  • Research Analyst

Delivery Format Key:

Please be sure to check individual courses for delivery format specification.

  • In-Person: Lecture or lab on site in a classroom
  • Online Asynchronous: Faculty-led, self-paced, online course with content available during a set time frame
  • Online Synchronous: Online course with real-time virtual sessions with all participants logged in simultaneously
  • Blended: A mix of in-person and online asynchronous; may hold some synchronous sessions
  • Hybrid: Online course with a mix of asynchronous and synchronous

Provider - NYU School of Professional Studies

Format - Mix of online and In-person

Cost - $2,750

Duration - One-semester

Focus areas - Data Analysis

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