Resources

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...

5 Tips for M&E Culture Change
July 20, 2016

Creating an organizational culture committed to monitoring and evaluation is a common challenge. This tip sheet gives five action steps you can take to make M&E a priority at your organization, get buy-in from staff and leaders, and ensure that the phrase “monitoring and evaluation” elicits fewer sighs and more enthusiasm at your next team […] Read more...

Data Analysis and Action Planning Meeting Template
February 22, 2018

Going beyond tracking indicators for donor compliance, it’s critical to regularly analyze and act on project data in order to make informed decisions to guide implementation. To facilitate ongoing learning and project improvement, project teams should hold regular data analysis and action planning meetings throughout the project cycle. This Data Analysis and Action Planning Meeting […] Read more...

Improving Data Quality in Case Management: 4 Tips, a META Case Study, and a Useful Template
November 17, 2016

We all collect a range of data for our refugee case management programs. We use data to determine and document client eligibility, to ensure the quality and timeliness of services, to track program progress and outcomes, and to inform decision making.  These three new resources will help you ensure that the data collected as part of case […] Read more...

5 Steps for Planning Focus Group Discussions
June 26, 2018

A focus group discussion (FGD) is a data collection method that involves a structured interview with a small group of 6-12 people. A moderator asks respondents both standardized and follow-up questions to collect information about their experiences, feelings, and preferences. This tip sheet walks through five steps to take when planning FGDs and provides additional […] 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...

Podcast – Monitoring & Evaluation for Economic Empowerment Programs
July 20, 2016

On this first episode of the META Podcast, we hear from experts in economic empowerment programs for refugees. Kate Nelson from Jannus and Kasra Movahedi and Jon Vosper from IRC share tips for improving M&E in economic programs. For future episodes, be sure to subscribe to the META podcast feed by searching “META Monitoring” on iTunes, or by finding us on […] Read more...

Quick Tips on Data Quality – Animated Excerpt from the META Podcast
December 26, 2016

Watch an animated excerpt of the META Podcast on data quality in refugee case management programs! Learn about common challenges and hear helpful tips for data quality 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. To listen to […] Read more...

Webinar – How to Design and Measure a Successful Career Advancement Program
June 27, 2018

Originally held on 6/26/18, this webinar was offered in collaboration with Higher Advantage (LIRS) and included a guest speaker from USCRI of North Carolina. Learn more about Higher at www.HigherAdvantage.org and about USCRI at www.refugees.org. After viewing this webinar recording, you will be able to: Name the key outcomes and activities of a successful career […] Read more...

Webinar – 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...