Resources

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. Take the module by following two easy steps: 1) Create an account at NonprofitReady.org, META’s partner in hosting this module. 2) Click here to access Introduction to […] 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...

ORR Annual Report to Congress – FY15
February 13, 2017

The Office of Refugee Resettlement recently released its FY15 Annual Report to Congress. As described on ORR’s website, the report “demonstrates the ways that ORR continues to identify innovative service delivery methods, apply effective monitoring approaches, and track trends to make data-driven decisions […].” It also reflects the agency’s continued focus on data quality: “ORR […] Read more...

About META Video
February 9, 2017

Watch this short video to learn more about META and the services we provide! Email META@Rescue.org to get one-on-one technical assistance. Read more...

Evaluation Resources from HealTorture.org
February 8, 2017

Evaluation is a priority for funders. It also allows you to demonstrate the results of your programs and communicate your results more powerfully to your supporters. But many programs lack a dedicated data analyst or evaluation specialist to lead this process of evaluation, so you need material communicated in an exceptionally clear, straightforward way. HealTorture.org’s […] Read more...