Resources

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 – 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...

Podcast – How Local Voices Can Help Us Understand Refugee Integration
April 24, 2018

How can we measure integration? Our latest podcast spotlights the interesting approach of the Refugees in Towns (RIT) project, an initiative of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. Stream below and subscribe on iTunes to ensure you don’t miss future episodes! For this podcast, META was joined by Karen Jacobsen, Professor at the Tufts University Fletcher […] Read more...

Podcast – Financial Capability for Refugees: Promising Practices for Upward Economic Mobility
September 15, 2017

What are the early financial experiences of New Americans? What promising practices may help accelerate their path to economic integration in the U.S.? For this podcast, META was joined by Kasra Movahedi of the International Rescue Committee to discuss a recent IRC study on financial capability programs, drawing on data from more than 2,400 refugee […] Read more...

ORR Annual Report to Congress – FY15
February 13, 2017

The Office of Refugee Resettlement recently released its FY15 Annual Report to Congress. As described on ORR’s website, the report “demonstrates the ways that ORR continues to identify innovative service delivery methods, apply effective monitoring approaches, and track trends to make data-driven decisions […].” It also reflects the agency’s continued focus on data quality: “ORR […] 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...

Podcast – A Path to Food Security & Nutrition for Refugees & Immigrants in the U.S: Building an Evidence Base
July 27, 2017

What do we know and not know about how to improve food security and nutrition for refugees and immigrants in the U.S? On this episode of the META podcast, we explore this question with Rachel Dannefer, Director of Research & Evaluation for the Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Centers of the NYC Health Department, and Eugenia […] Read more...

Find Data on Refugees in the U.S. through the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse
July 26, 2016

In the community of refugee service providers, partners and donors, there is increasing desire to move towards evidence-based programming. For instance, data-driven decision-making is one of the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s six guiding principles. But it can be hard to find the data and research most relevant to refugees in the U.S. One useful source […] 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 from the American Community Survey (ACS) to Understand the Social and Economic Outcomes of Refugee Resettlement
September 19, 2017

In this 9/19/17 webinar, Professor William Evans of the University of Notre Dame discussed his recent National Bureau of Economic Research working paper The Economic and Social Outcomes of Refugees in the United States: Evidence from the ACS. This study, conducted in collaboration with graduate student Daniel Fitzerald, uses data from the American Community Survey to […] Read more...