Resources

Budgeting for Research and Evaluation: Tipsheet & Checklist and T&E Calculator
May 11, 2018

To be successful, evaluation and research projects must be adequately resourced. Without sufficient funding to answer research or evaluation questions at a high level of quality, the project may not yield useful results. META’s Budgeting for Research/Evaluation Tipsheet & Checklist can be used to develop an appropriate budget for research and evaluation projects. The Research/Evaluation […] 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...

Choosing SMART Indicators: Checklist and a META Case Study
July 20, 2016

The SMART criteria are a well-accepted way to assess the quality of project indicators (the variables that are tracked to measure changes or achievements in connection with an intervention). That said, the letters of the acronym have been defined in different ways. Common terms used when explaining the SMART criteria include: Specific; Measurable; Attainable, Appropriate […] Read more...

Webinar – Using Data to Tell the Stories of Our Immigration Programs
December 8, 2017

Often, we talk about monitoring, evaluation and reporting as activities we do for donors. Originally held on December 7, 2017, this webinar offered guidance on reframing the discussion. Participants learned the benefits of reframing monitoring, evaluation and reporting as “telling a story” as well as five steps to begin using data to tell a story about […] Read more...

Podcast – Data Quality in Case Management
September 30, 2016

On this episode of the META Podcast, we discuss data quality in case management programs for resettled refugees. Hear common challenges and tips for improvement from Abigail Clarke-Sayer and Prospero Herrera of the IRC as well as Jennifer Malloy of the Washington State Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance. Subscribe to the META podcast feed […] Read more...

Podcast – Strategies for Supporting Refugee Families Enrolled in TANF and RCA
June 26, 2018

How are states and local systems serving refugees through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)? What innovative strategies are being used to coordinate services and help refugees obtain employment? Listen to this interview with Sam Elkin, a researcher for a new OPRE study exploring these questions and more! Want to […] Read more...

Organizational M&E Standards and Capacity Assessment
July 20, 2016

Program data can help us make informed decisions about the services we deliver to refugee clients in the U.S. But if we want to use it effectively, data need to be of good quality. And processes need to be in place that allow us to regularly analyze and act upon it. This ensures that we […] Read more...

Diagram: The Data-Driven & Evidence-Based Program Cycle
January 26, 2018

In designing programs to respond to the needs of refugees in the U.S, service providers have the opportunity to improve program 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...

Webinar – How to Ensure Data Quality in Case Management: 4 Practical Strategies
November 17, 2016

This November 2016 webinar offers four practical strategies for improving data quality in refugee case management programs. Data experts from the IRC and Church World Service discussed why data quality is so important, demonstrated time-saving tips and tricks in Excel, and shared the real-world implications of quality data. META was joined by Mia Witte, Associate […] 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...