Resources

Developing Theories of Change
August 18, 2017

This 20-minute module explains a key element of program design, monitoring and evaluation: developing strong theories of change. After completing this module, you will understand what theories of change are, why they are important for strong program design, and how to create a theory of change with your team. Visit META’s e-learning portal to take […] Read more...

Podcast – A Path to Food Security & Nutrition for Refugees & Immigrants in the U.S: Building an Evidence Base
July 27, 2017

What do we know and not know about how to improve food security and nutrition for refugees and immigrants in the U.S? On this episode of the META podcast, we explore this question with Rachel Dannefer, Director of Research & Evaluation for the Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Centers of the NYC Health Department, and Eugenia […] Read more...

Short-to Long-Term Economic Integration for Refugee Employment: Using Theories of Change to Design a Job Upgrade Program
July 13, 2017

This July 2017 webinar discussed steps you can take to develop new, evidence-based, data-driven programs that meet the longer-term employment goals of refugee clients. Watch the recording to learn about current opportunities to address clients’ short-term and longer-term employment goals, to learn how to use a theory of change to thoughtfully evolve your employment programs, […] Read more...

From Learning to Action
June 14, 2017

Watch this video to learn META’s answer to the American Evaluation Association’s question “What does ‘from learning to action’ mean to you?” Questions? Comments? Email us at META@Rescue.org! Read more...

7 Tips for Developing Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Programs
June 12, 2017

In designing programs to respond to the needs of refugees in the U.S., service providers have the opportunity to improve program planning processes and take steps towards becoming more data-driven and evidence-based. Data-driven programs are those where data shapes program design and informs decision making during the life of the program. Evidence-based programs are those […] Read more...

M&E Plan Template
May 30, 2017

M&E plans are intended to guide monitoring and evaluation processes throughout the life of a project or funding period.  But what are the components of a strong M&E plan? META’s Plan Template makes them easy to learn by walking step-by-step through a sample refugee program. M&E Plans are intended to strengthen M&E, and ultimately programming and outcomes for clients, […] Read more...

Podcast – Two Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Data Collection in Refugee Programs
May 8, 2017

On this episode of the META Podcast, we learn two new ways mobile data collection can support programs for refugees in the U.S. Hear from Rachel Factor of Refugee Services of Texas about Refugee Mobile, a project that gives clients smartphone technology and collects data through text message. Abigail Clarke-Sayer of the IRC also shares […] Read more...

E-Learning Module: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation
April 4, 2017

META has released its first interactive e-learning module: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation! This quick, 20-minute module reviews common M&E terminology and provides an introduction to a key M&E tool, the logic model. After completing this module, you will receive a certificate. Visit META’s e-learning portal to take this module! You will need to create an account if you […] Read more...

Choosing Data Collection Methods: 4 Steps, a Worksheet and a Quick Reference Table
February 27, 2017

To deliver data-driven, evidence-based programs for refugees, we need to ask the right questions and gather the right information. Data collection methods not only determine whether we can gather the information we need, but also influence data quality, affect the conclusions we’re able to draw, and have budget implications. META’s 4 Steps for Choosing Data Collection Methods walks […] Read more...

Webinar – Methods Matter: 4 Questions to Consider When Choosing Data Collection Methods
February 17, 2017

This February 2017 webinar discussed why methods matter and how to choose the right data collection methods. Watch the recording to learn four questions to ask yourself when choosing methods for your programs. You’ll also learn the basics of when and when not to use common methods like interviews, focus groups, observation and surveys. META was […] Read more...