Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

We live in a complex world that demands innovative and collaborative responses to the challenges of non-profit management. Leaders must understand real-world problems and work toward transformative change that promises a more resilient and just future. Program planning, monitoring and evaluation lie at the heart of this work. The old paradigm of a linear, sequential cycle where programs are designed, implemented and then evaluated for their success no longer works.

In this course, you will explore the theory, methods and practices for effective and responsive program planning that involves multi-stakeholder collaboration and ongoing evaluation. Effective design and delivery require sophisticated planning approaches that embed iterative and continuous evaluation processes. They also require monitoring and measuring quantitative and summative data.

Effective program planning creates a need for learning-focused, flexible, adaptive and process-oriented approaches that harness the nuances of change. Strategies for involving community- and private-sector stakeholders are becoming integral to planning and evaluation processes, and are leading to larger-scale social impact where several interventions create meaningful and sustained change. At the same time, high demands for accountability and transparency necessitate systems that also inform funding agencies, governing agencies and other stakeholders on the impact and progress of projects and programs.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - $855.00 32 Register

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Examine systems thinking using new and emerging theories to respond to complexity with practical methodologies
  • Design and implement effective programs that embed continuous monitoring and integrated evaluation processes
  • Generate and implement effective stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Compose clear, coherent program goals, objectives, work plans and monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to support ongoing planning, learning and doing
  • Write reports documenting stories of transformative change
  • Measure and communicate the contributions of your programs using evidence-informed distribution designs and methodologies
  • Delineate and articulate the new knowledge you create from practice
  • Identify evaluation standards, principles and codes of behaviour relevant to non-profit management
  • Locate and explain new and emerging organizational structures that position planning, monitoring and evaluation as a leadership function

How will I learn?

  • You will work within scheduled start and end dates, as well as assignment timelines.
  • Your study schedule will be entirely up to you. In some cases, we may ask you to meet online with your class and your instructor or a guest at a specific time, but these sessions will be recorded for future viewing if you are unable to attend.
  • Expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on reading, online discussions, course work and supplementary activities, such as viewing assigned videos.

How will I be evaluated?

This course is assessed on a competency-based scale of Pass or Fail. You will be evaluated based on a variety of methods, such as online participation, individual assignments, journals, project-based work and course papers. Assignments build upon the significant level of real-world experience that most participants bring to the course. You must successfully complete all Non-Profit Management courses to receive a full program certificate. 

Textbooks and learning materials

You will access all course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

English language requirements

To meet course demands, you should have an advanced level of English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.

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