MEAL for Development Professionals (MEAL DPro)

APMG certification course


MEAL D-PRO is targeted at practitioners at all levels that wish to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of MEAL systems and activities needed by all practitioners engaged in MEAL activities in humanitarian and development contexts. The Core MEAL Certification is designed for program and project management staff with MEAL-related responsibilities, as well as the first step for specialized MEAL staff pursuing the Advanced MEAL Certification.


By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

Understand the concept of monitoring and evaluation, build a project design and monitoring and evaluation system and framework, utilize appropriate indicators for measuring project goals, outcomes, and impacts/effectiveness, apply cost management approach, understand qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, use selected software to analyze collected data, communicate result effectively, monitoring progress towards results and resources consumed with the use of appropriate indicators and utilize Project Management Information Software (PMIS).








MEAL DPro workshops and online courses cover the key concepts, purposes, components, and ethical principles relevant to MEAL.

It includes the essential skills of NGO monitoring, NGO evaluation, accountability, and learning.


As you go through the course, you will interact with facilitators and other learners, exploring ideas and participating in conversations about the different skills and tools of project management.  Learning activities include course readings, instructional videos, and e-learning modules.


§  6 Live Sessions.

§  2 Contacts Weekly.

§  Exam.














Registration covers

·         Tea break &

·         Launch.


Duration: (3 Days) Thur – Fri.

Venue: Box Office, Central Business Districts CBD, FCT, Abuja.

Upcoming Courses – February, 2023 – December, 2023


Feb                   March            April                May                June

24-26                3-5                   7-9                   5-7                   2-4


Feb                   March            April                May                June

1-28                  1-31                 1-30                 1-31                 1-30




Module 1 Start with an overview of MEAL in projects.

·         Define the components, structure, and purpose of MEAL;

·         Explain the benefits of a strong MEAL system;

·         Describe the relationship between MEAL and project management;

·         Identify the five phases of MEAL;

·         Describe the ethical standards and principles relevant to MEAL;

·         understand the importance of participation and critical thinking in MEAL processes.

Module 2 Focus on designing Logic Models (Phase 1).

·         Describe how project logic models contribute to establishing a strong foundation for MEAL;

·         Compare and contrast the components, structure and purpose of theories of change, results frameworks and Log frames;

·         Explain the purpose of identifying assumptions in project logic models;

·         Interpret the vertical and horizontal logic of Log frames;

·         Understand the characteristics of a SMART indicator;

·         Identify the most common measurement methods and when they are used.

Module 3

Look at how to Plan MEAL activities (Phase 2)


·         Identify and describe the purpose, process and content of key MEAL planning tools: Performance management plan; Indicator Performance Tracking Table; Feedback-and-response mechanism flowchart; Learning plan; Planning tools for MEAL communications; Summary evaluation table; Evaluation terms of reference;

·         Understand the various types of evaluation and the purpose of each;

·         Explain why MEAL planning is important and understand its relationship to broader project

·         planning and project management.

Module 4

An overview of Collecting MEAL Data (Phase 3).


·         Explain the five elements of data quality;

·         Describe the components of a basic data collection tool outline;

·         Identify three primary methods of data collection and key characteristics of each (questionnaires, interviews and focus group discussions);

·         Explain the basic principles of sampling;

·         Describe key steps in preparing to implement data collection tools;

·         Identify generally accepted protocols and standards for responsible data management;

·         Understand the basics of selecting databases and associated data entry and cleaning practices.


Module 5

Analyzing MEAL Data (phase 4).


·         Explain how your MEAL planning documents guide data analysis, visualization and interpretation;

·         Describe the purpose and processes of quantitative data analysis;

·         Describe the purpose and processes of qualitative data analysis;

·         Describe the purpose and process of data visualization;

·         Explain how analysis leads to appropriate interpretation and the development of conclusions and recommendations.

Module 6

Using MEAL Data (Phase 5).


·         Identify the key principles of adaptive management, including how they are incorporated into the MEAL cycle;

·         Describe how data are used in reporting and communication with stakeholders.

·         Project Closure – Admin, financial & Contractual

·         Scope verification, schedule management, Project evaluations, Final report, Sustainability.


To download SABI PMDpro training modules, click here (Link on the resource menu)

Get the PMDPro 2nd Edition Guide here



Delivery days

Three (3) – Five (5) days

Format of delivery

Face to Face & Virtual


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