As much as we love designing your monitoring and evaluation frameworks, we understand self-sufficiency is the key to enable organisations to deliver positive and lasting impact. That’s why we offer an extensive range of training courses in design, program logic, monitoring and evaluation as well as mentoring services.

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Our highly regarded face-to-face training courses will give you the skills and the confidence to design a program, build a monitoring plan and manage your own evaluation studies. We’ll empower you with the latest tools and techniques to drive successful programs and influence local or international policy at the highest level.

We take you out of the classroom and into the real world.

As soon as you have the basics covered we’ll move beyond the theory and straight into the real world, where it counts. All our courses will teach you how to apply cutting edge design and evaluation principles to your programs and projects. Plus, as innovative leaders in our field, we’ll freely share our own evaluation techniques and ‘tricks of the trade’ that you won’t find in text books.

We offer public training for people with beginner to advanced level of knowledge and experience. The training is held in various capital cities throughout the year, check our calendar for a training event near you. 

If you have a larger team of people or you'd just like us to tailor our content to match your specific industry and focus area then we also offer customised in-house training. Our passionate trainers will ensure you have all the tools you need to continue to deliver world class projects and programs.

Access trainers with strong facilitation and adult learning skills

Our trainers have extensive experience of facilitating training that delivers strong learning outcomes. We are all evaluation and design practitioners first, so bring real-world examples and stories from the field into the training room. You can be confident your trainers and mentors will have extensive and current field experience across a range of sectors. 

18 Mar 2019
9:00AM - 5:00PM
19 Mar 2019
9:00AM - 5:00PM
20 Mar 2019
9:00AM - 5:00PM
21 Mar 2019
9:00AM - 5:00PM
22 Mar 2019
9:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) is Clear Horizon’s blue ribbon offering. It is our most extensive and comprehensive training in which participants get an opportunity to develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation and learning (MEL) plan for real world contexts. The material is updated annually with new trends and fresh learnings from the literature and our practice. It is without doubt an intense (but practical) course that takes you through all the twists and turns of doing MEL today.

The 5-days cover scoping out the conceptual framework for an MEL plan; clarifying your theory of change; designing a monitoring system; how to attribute results to your program, and; how to produce persuasive reports. We lace techniques for bringing people along in your MEL journey and using evidence for program adaptation throughout.  Throughout the week you will be invited to develop an MEL plan for a project or program of your choosing (we can provide case studies but we encourage participants to work on their own projects). By the end of the week participants will present their MEL plan and choose an aspect to implement over the next three months. Participants will be invited to a mentoring session after 3 months help apply these concepts in the work place.



Book Now ($2,800.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

01 May 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM
02 May 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

People Centered logic is a particular style of program logic, developed by Clear Horizon that adopts a systems approach by placing people at the centre of the logic. It places a focus on interactions between people and how they contribute to desired outcomes. It provides a structured process from clarifying outcomes, unpacking networks of influence, and identifying the key strategies to activate outcomes.

The course commences with a practical introduction to program logic using a hypothetical exercise and an overview of the various uses of and approaches to developing program logic. After which, participants will walk through the steps for developing a people-centered model for a real life example and we invite you to bring along your own examples.

This course is particularly relevant to those whose programs or projects have social outcomes and several layers of stakeholders.


Book Now ($1,050.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

03 May 2019
10:00AM - 4:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

There has been a slow shift in emphasis on outcomes across most sectors, which has recently culminated, for the public sector at least, in changes to the way budgeting is undertaken. Various state and local governments have moved to an outcomes budgeting approach, mapping state spending across state outcomes. In concert with this is the shift from a reliance on activity and output monitoring and reporting towards the development of outcomes measurement frameworks across government, with outcome indicators.

In this environment, where budgeting is based on performance at an outcomes level, there is a stronger need than ever to pitch outcomes at the ‘right’ level and develop measures that are as equally well pitched. Come along to this masterclass to both learn and share your experiences of the challenges that outcomes budgeting brings for defining outcomes, pitching outcomes at the right level and determining appropriate outcomes measurement. 


Book Now ($350.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

30 Jul 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

Place-based approaches such as collective impact are sweeping across Australia. Due to their long-term nature and the multiple-stakeholders involved (as well as a host of other reasons) they can be tricky to evaluate.  In this training, we’ll explore the challenges of evaluating place-based approaches as well as insights from practice. We’ll look at how theory of change and ‘tranche models’ can help stakeholders set expectations around progress over time, share some practical tools for measuring change in the initial years and look at some emerging tools for capturing systems change outcomes. We’ll also look at how “shared measurement” and evaluation differ and how they can work together. 

**This course is part of our "Evaluating social innovation series". Participants who choose to book multiple courses in our “Evaluating social innovation series” will be eligible for multi course discount.  Course costs will be $1050 for 2 topics, $1575 for 3 topics and $2100 for the 4 topics.


Book Now ($600.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

31 Jul 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

Many programs include an engagement component or use engagement as their primary means for creating change. It is important that evaluation pays attention to the engagement processes when this is the case. This training will demonstrate the unique dilemmas of evaluating engagement and help participants explore solutions for these dilemmas.  While the logic of evaluating engagement is entirely consistent with that of evaluation more broadly, there are some unique challenges. This workshop-style training offer practical steps, as well as a set of principles, for evaluating engagement processes. 

**This course is part of our "Evaluating social innovation series". Participants who choose to book multiple courses in our “Evaluating social innovation series” will be eligible for multi course discount.  Course costs will be $1050 for 2 topics, $1575 for 3 topics and $2100 for the 4 topics.


Book Now ($600.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

01 Aug 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

Human-centered design and evaluation both have the potential to help us tackle ‘sticky’ complex issues. Together they can be extremely powerful.

The integration of evaluation with design thinking is powerful in concept yet tricky in practice! It requires bringing evaluative thinking and tools into an agile and dynamic design process. It also often requires evaluators to take up a different role and work in rapidly changing processes. 

This workshop follows the design process and looks at the role of evaluation and techniques that can be applied at each stage. In particular, we will explore how to:

  • Use evaluative thinking in the early phases of discovery
  • Use iterative theory of change through the design cycle
  •  Raise, classify and test assumptions
  • Evaluate prototypes and pilots

 This workshop is aimed at people wanted to explore and learn how to integrate evaluation and design thinking – we welcome evaluators, designers and practitioners. It will be led by Dr Jess Dart, founder of Clear Horizon.

**This course is part of our "Evaluating social innovation series". Participants who choose to book multiple courses in our “Evaluating social innovation series” will be eligible for multi course discount.  Course costs will be $1050 for 2 topics, $1575 for 3 topics and $2100 for the 4 topics.


Book Now ($600.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

02 Aug 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

In many situations, it is not possible or even necessary to prove that your program (on its own) caused an outcome - especially when there are multiple factors, in addition to your own work, likely to have caused the observed change. Examples include when you are working as one part of a coalition for change, are but one partner in a collective impact process, or simply working in a crowded space with many actors contributing to the same outcome.

In these cases, we recommend you seek to understand the contribution your work had in achieving the change. In this training we will explore several different approaches to evaluating contribution, from basic to more in-depth approaches, and look at the cutting edge in this field. 

**This course is part of our "Evaluating social innovation series". Participants who choose to book multiple courses in our “Evaluating social innovation series” will be eligible for multi course discount.  Course costs will be $1050 for 2 topics, $1575 for 3 topics and $2100 for the 4 topics.


Book Now ($600.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

14 Aug 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM
15 Aug 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

Most Significant Change (MSC) is a powerful tool for monitoring, evaluation and organisational learning. MSC goes beyond merely capturing and documenting participants’ stories of impact, by offering a means of engaging in effective dialogue. The MSC process offers an opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders to enter into a dialogue about program intention, impact and ultimately future direction. MSC was first conceived by Dr Rick Davies and together he and Jess Dart wrote the MSC User Guide now translated into 12 different languages. 

This workshop style course will begin by providing participants with an understanding of MSC’s theoretical foundations, key elements and possible applications.  Participants will then be mentored through the development of a real life MSC process using a staged approach to the scoping, planning and implementation of the technique. By the end of the course, you should be ready to plan and facilitate a MSC process across your organisation.


Book Now ($1,050.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

21 Oct 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM
22 Oct 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM
23 Oct 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM
24 Oct 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM
25 Oct 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) is Clear Horizon’s blue ribbon offering. It is our most extensive and comprehensive training in which participants get an opportunity to develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation and learning (MEL) plan for real world contexts. The material is updated annually with new trends and fresh learnings from the literature and our practice. It is without doubt an intense (but practical) course that takes you through all the twists and turns of doing MEL today.

The 5-days cover scoping out the conceptual framework for an MEL plan; clarifying your theory of change; designing a monitoring system; how to attribute results to your program, and; how to produce persuasive reports. We lace techniques for bringing people along in your MEL journey and using evidence for program adaptation throughout.  Throughout the week you will be invited to develop an MEL plan for a project or program of your choosing (we can provide case studies but we encourage participants to work on their own projects). By the end of the week participants will present their MEL plan and choose an aspect to implement over the next three months. Participants will be invited to a mentoring session after 3 months help apply these concepts in the work place.



Book Now ($2,800.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

29 Oct 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM
30 Oct 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

This workshop style training course explores the different ways in which Theory of Change can support design teams to develop new investments from programs to social innovation initiatives.

Theory of Change is a powerful tool that helps design teams to:

·         Think big about how a problem might be solved

·         Narrow down to key intervention points

·         Clarify boundaries and scope

·         Surface key assumptions

·         Provide a canvas for your design with line of sight to end-outcomes.

The course commences with a practical introduction to the key concepts of a Theory of Change using a hypothetical exercise and an overview of the various uses of and approaches to developing a Theory of Change through the design cycle.  Later, participants will walk through the steps for developing two different levels of Theory of Change:

·         Global Theory of Change to identify likely intervention points and scope boundaries

·         Theory of change for narrowing down the design window to the level of prototypes, pilots, service model or programs to tighten ideas into an effective structure including the theory of action.

This course is particularly relevant to those in the designing new of a new or refresh of an existing program. 


Book Now ($1,050.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

14 Nov 2019
09:00AM - 5:00PM

Airlie Conference Centre
South Yarra
Victoria, 3141

This workshop style training course introduces participants to the broad concept of value for money to evaluate programs and projects.  The course is designed for people with some familiarity to evaluation, though are seeking to delve further into designing and implementing value-for-money evaluations.  An introduction to the concept of value for money and its varied definitions is provided, highlighting the core components that constitute value for money evaluations.  A range of techniques and methods are presented from a practical perspective, with examples of how they can be used for evaluating complex programs and projects.  This course will refer to economic methodologies such as cost benefit analysis, though will emphasise the practical application of tools particularly in data-scarce environments where the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods are more useful. 



Book Now ($600.00)

* AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount

Already have the M&E basics covered? Are you facing significant challenges implementing monitoring and evaluation into your program cycle? Mentoring could be the support you need.

Your mentor will not only develop your professional expertise but they’ll work with you to develop highly effective and creative solutions to any challenges as they arise… as they invariably always do!

  • Choose your mentor from our roster of thought leaders in the evaluation space
  • Receive a customised plan for your professional development
  • Have unlimited access to our mentoring hotline
  • Receive tailored and practical solutions for any challenges that arise
  • Become an expert in monitoring, evaluation and design

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