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Results-Based Project Management: Monitoring and Evaluation

University of the Witwatersrand via edX


In this course, you will learn the basics of results-based project management. After an introduction to the results framework and its associated performance indicators, you will learn how monitoring systems and evaluations provide a crucial source of evidence for management decision-making.

This project management course is designed to address the growing demand for managers in Africa and around the world, who can use results-based approaches to design, implement and manage an ever growing range of programs and projects. Monitoring and evaluation (key results based management tools) are increasingly called upon within public service, non-governmental sectors and multi-lateral development agencies to help ensure that resources are put to optimum use and that citizens and beneficiaries are assured of receiving the benefits that are committed to them.

The course has been developed in partnership with CLEAR Anglophone Africa and draws upon the centers experience in promoting the use of evidence-based systems across Africa to enhance development practice.


Week 1: What are results and why are they important?
Week 2: Introduction to the Results Chain.
Week 3: Results statements.
Week 4: Performance indicators, baselines and targets.
Week 5: Identifying assumptions and risk.
Week 6: Monitoring systems.
Week 7: The role of evaluations.
Week 8: Wrap-up and Assessment

Taught by

Kieron Crawley Bsc, M Des (RCA), DIC, MM

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  • Emily Essi

    Emily Essi completed this course.

    I loved this course and paid to receive a certificate. I completed every assignment on time and with nearly perfect marks. I was traveling on the weekend of the last week of the course, and was an hour late to complete the final "post course" test, thus I was not able to submit it and they failed me. Due to this, I did not receive my certificate. There was absolutely no leeway and it seemed I received only robotic answers to my email inquiries. This showed me that these courses are just a profit hungry endeavor and I really doubt the university or professors truly care about our success. I am very upset and because of this I will probably never do another course on edX again.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was very useful. I has an opportunity to broaden my understanding on Monitoring and Evaluation Concepts in the first place and juxtaposing the same to see how they relate and complement. On the other hand, I have significantly learnt on the...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is one of the few MOOCs that I found to be very engaging. Delivering online courses using videos means that course designers and lecturers need to be creative. This course was well-designed and the delivery was equally great. The lecturer was NOT...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was quite enlightening.

    I really enjoyed the intellectually stimulating lectures.
    The course materials for further reading were also rich and relevant to the study. I was particularly impressed by the depth of the study materials and citing of current case studies in reinforcing practical application of the knowledge.

    Thank you very much EDX and University of the Witwatersrand for making this course available. I really look forward to reopening of the course so that I can earn a verified certificate.


  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The content is very clear and well presented. However, it is a very introductory and superficial course. For those who have no experience whatsoever with the topic it is a soft way in. For those with just a little experience I would say it is already too expensive for what it offers in terms of content and certification. I honestly don't see the value for my resume for this specific course. I would have prefered a nominal fee for this course which would then enable a denser training with a meaningful certification.
  • Sahar Hegazy completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is a good course for a beginner to learn everything you need to know about Results-Based Management. Why it's important for citizens as much as for Governments. It gives a good overview on how to build a results framework, based on a real case...
  • Alberto Piedra completed this course.

    The course is very interesting. The definition of the concepts is clear and the examples on the use of the methodologies to monitor and evaluate the projects allow to put into practice the conceptual framework. This base will allow me to develop an M & E system in my professional work.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course is refreshing, and in sequence for good learning. It has enhance my monitoring and evaluation skills, including issue-based management (IBM). I have recommended it to friends.

    I am eager to complete it on schedule for more experience.
  • Gofaone is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    i have just started the course and i am loving so far. it is answering long pending question about how to start monitoring. the facilitator is good and examples used are clear
  • Joao Fernando Dampua completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    It is a wonderful course and I learned a lot of Monitory and Evaluation. Unfortunately, I did not I get a certificate because I was only auditing due to the scarcity of resources.
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    David Fong

    David Fong completed this course.

    I did this course having already completed the MITx Micromasters in Data, Economics and Development Policy, which also covers theories of change and logical frameworks in the "Designing and Running Randomized Evaluations (DRRE)" unit. Although logical...
  • Egwudo Chidiebele G completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The course was very useful. It was an opportunity to broaden my understanding on Monitoring and Evaluation Concepts in the first place and again to see how they relate and complement. I have significantly learnt on the underpinning differences between...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was an eye opening course which is of great help to me as a researcher and health practitioner. It helped me understand the concept of balancing goals, targets, baselines and results, thus improving efficiency and effectiveness in rendering services. Videos...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is a very important and valuable prerequisite for all who want to work or is currently working in public health. It utilize a simple and interactive approach to introduce learners to the concept of result based project management and monitoring and evaluation.
    It made the concepts easy to grasp with the practical approaches embedded.

    I took the course to refresh my memory about RBM and M&E and was happy I did. I discovered more about some pertinent issues in M&E and appreciated better theory of change and logic model development.

    I will recommend to other colleagues and friends to take the course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I think the benefit of the course depends on the level of familiarity with the subject one has. As I worked before with projects, it was quite easy for me and then I did not dedicate that much attention and time to the course and "just finished it." I still leant some new things and I use the certificate in my current job search. For people who do not have experience with projects, however, it can be very useful. The course was very clear, all well explained, with real-life interesting examples. The presentations nicely done. To someone new to the subject, I would definitely recommend it!
  • Jack Oupa Marole

    Jack Oupa Marole completed this course.

    This course has equipped me very well, it is the information that lacks in most businesses and projects implementing teams especially where follow up for service rendered is not done, i can proudly say that i can start and complete a project through the information acquired on this course, keep the fire burning and through this kind of learning platforms South Africa can experience a drastic development that will benefit the masses.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course really changed the trajectory of my professional career. A month after completion, I landed a job as a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer on a USAID-funded project. I can say that everything I learnt during the course helped me at work. I was able to not only apply but also transfer the knowledge from the course to my other colleagues. I’d definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to build a career in project management.
  • Japheth Chanda

    Japheth Chanda completed this course.

    The course was very appropriate to my current work situation as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the Zambian Parliament. The videos from practitioners in the M&E field were helpful in learning how colleagues handle day to day situations. The examples and mode of delivery were good. Further, the stress on planning with results in mind provided a new dimension of looking at the results chain.
  • Arjun Mani Guragain

    Arjun Mani Guragain is taking this course right now.

    Thank you very much for providing the opportunity to join this course in a free of cost. This is a very interesting and beneficial course. Unfortunately, I could not complete the course yet but I am looking forward to completing it if I am allowed. I was in the field to select the girls to sponsor to continue their school. Thank you in advance for kind cooperation.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good all-around entry-level course to get your basics right to start M&E.

    The lectures are clear in content and in delivery, and it goes forwards with a nice set of straight forward examples. After you are done with this, you can continue with reading more on the real world challenges, which is usually having to monitor or evaluate with imperfect data.

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