Resources

E-learning Module – Data Analysis and Action Planning
August 21, 2018

To facilitate ongoing learning and project improvement, data analysis and action planning should be part of regular team meetings. After completing this 20-minute module, you will be able to explain why data analysis and action planning is useful; explain how to prepare for meaningful data analysis; and describe how to conduct data analysis and action […] Read more...

Monitoring and Evaluation Glossary
February 20, 2016

A lot of terminology can be associated with monitoring and evaluation, and vocabulary definitions can vary widely. Some terms seem to have overlapping definitions–for instance, in the different ways logic models, theories of change and logical frameworks (logframes) can be defined. You can use this glossary to clear up confusion and be sure you understand […] 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...

5 Steps for Planning Surveys
June 26, 2018

A survey is a data collection method that allows you to systematically gather information from a defined population. This tip sheet walks through five steps to take when planning surveys and provides additional resources that can help you in the process. Download the tip sheet below! Read more...

E-learning Module – Choosing Data Collection Methods
February 28, 2018

After completing this 20-minute module, you will be able to explain why data collection methods matter for your programs, ask yourself five questions to help choose appropriate methods, and determine when and when not to use certain methods, like individual in-depth interviews, focus groups, observation, and surveys.   This module continues META’s series of introductory […] Read more...

Research/Evaluation Roles and Responsibilities: 5 Steps for Productive Partnerships and a Useful Template
April 9, 2018

Does your organization aspire to do research? Going beyond routine program monitoring and evaluation, research is a systematic investigation conducted to contribute to or fill a gap in evidence or generalizable knowledge. A common reason organizations may conduct research is in the context of impact evaluation. But regardless of the motivation, research can be difficult […] Read more...

Webinar – Data Visualization in Excel Made Easy
August 20, 2018

This beginners-level webinar, originally held on August 21, 2018, is intended for staff in all roles who don’t work with data every day but who want to learn basic steps to get started using the tools you already have. See below for an Excel file that includes all of the examples shown in this webinar […] 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...

Webinar – Using Data from the American Community Survey (ACS) to Understand the Social and Economic Outcomes of Refugee Resettlement
September 19, 2017

In this 9/19/17 webinar, Professor William Evans of the University of Notre Dame discussed his recent National Bureau of Economic Research working paper The Economic and Social Outcomes of Refugees in the United States: Evidence from the ACS. This study, conducted in collaboration with graduate student Daniel Fitzerald, uses data from the American Community Survey to […] Read more...

Find Data on Refugees in the U.S. through the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse
July 26, 2016

In the community of refugee service providers, partners and donors, there is increasing desire to move towards evidence-based programming. For instance, data-driven decision-making is one of the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s six guiding principles. But it can be hard to find the data and research most relevant to refugees in the U.S. One useful source […] Read more...