Monitoring and Evaluation in Development

Subject DEVT90035 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students enrolled in this subject must be enrolled in a Masters by coursework degree.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Lan Anh Hoang


Dr. Lan Anh Hoang

Subject Overview:

The indispensability of monitoring and evaluation (M & E) in the management of projects and program has been recognised within the development sector. Effective monitoring and evaluation acts as an anchor to keep the project moving in the right direction towards the goals and targets set at the planning stage. Historically, M & E was seen exclusively as a tool to make development organizations accountable to donors and conducted by foreign consultants who were largely unfamiliar with project sites where development interventions took place. This has hampered development agencies' efforts to obtain the right kind of information for effective M & E. Within new M & E paradigms that have emerged since the 1990's, M & E is intended to serve the purposes of not only accountability but also empowerment and capacity building of local communities. This subject aims to offer comparative insights into different approaches to M & E in development as well as to impart practical skills to students so that they may develop the technical proficiency in project/program M & E. The emphasis will be on development projects and programs rather than policies or public sector management. Practical exercises will be an essential part of the subject.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this subject, students are expected to:

  • understand key terms and approaches in Monitoring and Evaluation in Development.
  • be able to design and implement an effective M&E plan and/or M&E system for development organisations.
  • be able to think critically and independently about issues relating to M&E in developmet.
  • be able to make written and oral presentations.
  • be aware of and sensitive to cross-cultural diversity.


A 1000 word group project (10%) due during semester, a 2000 word M & E plan (45%) due during the semester, and a 2000 word essay (45%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be provided at the start of semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies
100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Development Studies
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
150 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of Development Studies
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
200 Point Master of Social Policy
Gender and Development Specialisation - 150 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 200 Point Program

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