Resources

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...

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...

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...

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...

Developing Theories of Change: 7 Steps and a META Case Study
July 25, 2016

A theory of change diagram is a type of logic model that explicitly illustrates the causal pathways between activities, outputs, outcomes, and objectives.  Illustrating your project’s theory of change can help you clearly articulate what you want to achieve and how you will do it.  META’s 7 Steps for Developing Theories of Change and Strong Proposals […] Read more...

5 Steps for Using Data to Tell Program Stories
December 8, 2017

Often, we talk about monitoring, evaluation and reporting as activities we do for donors. Consider reframing the discussion: data collected through monitoring and evaluation answers questions that enable us to tell factual stories about our programs, in order to facilitate decision-making and action. These five steps will help you get started in thinking and talking […] Read more...

Using Logic Models to Improve Project Design and M&E: 8 Tips and a META Case Study
July 25, 2016

You might be accustomed to attaching logic models to your donor proposals, but do you also use them as project design tools? META’s 8 Tips for Using Logic Models provides an overview of logic models, clarifying the purpose of and relationship between two important types of logic models: theories of change and logical frameworks, or logframes. […] 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...

Indicator Matrix Template
July 25, 2016

An indicator matrix (also referred to as an M&E framework) is ideally part of an M&E plan, though it is often developed at the start of the grant or program. Developing an indicator matrix can help ensure indicators are measurable, realistic and purposeful, improving use of program data down the line. It can help you […] Read more...