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...

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...

E-learning Module – Developing Logframes
October 3, 2017

This 20-minute module explains a key element of program design, monitoring and evaluation: the logical framework or logframe. After completing this module, you will understand what logframes are; know why they are important for strong program design, monitoring and evaluation; and be able to develop a logframe.   This module continues META’s series of introductory […] Read more...

Webinar – Project Design: Providing a Foundation for Good M&E
May 24, 2016

Effective monitoring and evaluation begins with project design. During this webinar, held on May 20, 2016, M&E Technical Advisor Jaime Costigan proposes two M&E standards for refugee service providers to consider during project design. Kasia Kedzia, Director of Evaluation at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), then presents practical examples of how M&E is integrated into […] 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...

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...

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

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...

Indicator Matrix Template

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...

Templates for Illustrating your Project’s Theory of Change and Logical Framework

In some cases, donors provide the templates they want you to use for illustrating your project’s theory of change or describing your project’s performance monitoring and evaluation strategy. But when they don’t, these META templates may be useful. For example, you might use a theory of change template in the Logic Model section of a proposal, […] 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...