Resources

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...

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...

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...

End-of-Project Learning Meeting Template
May 11, 2018

An end-of-project learning meeting is a meeting, workshop, or other form of consultation that takes place at the end of a project or project year with the objective to reflect on successes and challenges and capture project learning to inform the program and/or future programs. You can use this template as a guide when planning […] Read more...

Choosing Data Collection Methods: 5 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 5 Steps for Choosing Data Collection Methods walks […] Read more...

Webinar – Program M&E: A Path Towards Program Improvement and Better Outcomes for Refugee Clients
April 21, 2016

In this webinar, originally hosted on March 14, 2016, we discuss the role that monitoring and evaluation (M&E) can play in achieving improved outcomes for refugee clients. Jaime Costigan, M&E Technical Adviser, first provides strategies for changing organizational culture around M&E, after which we hear practical examples from Erica Bouris, Deputy Director for Programs in […] Read more...

E-learning Module – Developing Logframes
October 3, 2017

This 20-minute module explains a key element of program design, monitoring and evaluation: the logical framework or logframe. After completing this module, you will understand what logframes are; know why they are important for strong program design, monitoring and evaluation; and be able to develop a logframe.   This module continues META’s series of introductory […] Read more...