MEL Resources

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Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning Resources

You can find more information about the CARE 2020 Global Strategy, Global Indicators, Markers, and Supplementary Indicators on the CARE Global MEL Wiki

MEL Guidance Documents

Key M&E Competencies
This document outlines a checklist for project teams to assess their M&E capacity and support.

Pillars of M&E
This documents can serve as a checklist to consider the areas or "pillars" that are needed for a robust
and complete M&E system.

Budgeting for M&E
This document serves as a quick guide for thinking about how much budget should be included for monitoring and evaluation when writing project proposals and what purposes your M&E will serve in the project.

Monitoring with Progress Markers
This document provides an overview of how to develop Progress Markers, as well as exercises for developing Progress Markers, templates for Progress Marker data collection and organization, and sample Progress Markers for hard-to-measure stakeholders

Rolling Profiles
Rolling Profiles are similar to human interest stories and involve interviewing the same individuals across the life of an intervention. This document provides a guide on the steps to planning, setting up, and using Rolling Profiles.

Theory of Change: a brief discussion on what, when, how and who
This presentation by CARE Canada discusses theories of change, the organizational set up of CARE Canada's teams and projects, and how they fit together

This link provides a list of M&E guides which you may find useful:
Project Monitoring and Evaluation Guides

Impact Growth Strategy Complexity-Aware Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Guidance Note

This guidance aims to provide point on what must be covered in each IGS strategy in terms of M&E; to provoke a shift in thinking to include M&E beyond quantiative data for CARE global indicators, but also to consider context and systems, multipliers and our/their role in the system, and to create a balance between learning and adapting, and accountability. If offers a process, templates, and guidelines to ensure that elements of adaptive management and complexity and systems thinking are incorporated into IGS M&E plans.

Data Visualization and Data Presentation Resources

Excel time-saving tricks for data analysis and visualization

Data visualization checklist

For more information and examples specific to visualizing PIIRS data, you can look at our PIIRS FY16 Forms and Guidance page, specifically "Data Analysis and Visualization"

M&E Series

ActionAid and Leitmotiv

This series of evaluations conducted by ActionAid and Leitmotiv Social Consultants examined how ActionAid programs are shifting power in favor of women. The documents below give guidance on the methodology and tools used to conduct these evaluation, and the results of the evaluations themselves.

Meta Evaluation of ActionAid's work on Women's Rights, Summary
This document summarizes the findings and recommendations of a review of ten meta evaluations of women's rights programs at ActionAid

The methodological approach to measure shifts in power in favour of women in ActionAid's programmes (Presentation)

Description and analysis of the methodology applied to Evaluation of ActionAid work on women's rights

Guidelines to facilitate an evaluation of Shifts in Power in favour of women
This guide is intended for those who want to conduct an evaluation of how programmes are shifting power in favor of women

Final Report: Evaluation of ActionAid work on women's rights
This evaluation explored how ActionAid is shifting power in favor of women and focused specifically on Local Rights Programmes in Cambodia and Rwanda

Evaluation Report on Shifts in Power in Favour of Women in El Estor, Izabel, Guatemala
This document summarizes the methodology, findings, and recommendations from an evaluation carried out on empowerment and women's rights in the Local Rights Program of El Estor, Guatemala.

Informe de evaluación sobre dinámicas de poder en El Estor, Guatemala

Planned Evaluation Calendar

The Planned Evaluation Calendar is a list of all projects that reported planned evaluations on their PIIRS form for fiscal year 2017. The calendar includes details on the project name, country, contact information, and description of the planned evaluation (if provided).