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...

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...

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...

Webinar Series – Learn to Easily and Accurately Collect Data with CommCare Mobile Technology
September 26, 2016

This series of webinars, hosted in September 2016, teach attendees to use mobile phones or tablets equipped with the platform CommCare to more easily and accurately capture client data. View this series of recordings to walk through this process of creating your own application for use in your programs! For more on CommCare, watch this one-minute video! […] 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...

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...

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...

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...

Webinar – Using Data to Tell the Stories of Our Immigration Programs

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...