In collaboration with ACFID’s MEL CoP, the Network brings together curated resources to foster reflection and innovation in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) by sharing learned experiences.
The resources below provide a showcase a selection to webinars, resources and tools that have been useful to utilise during the global COVID-19 crisis and subsequent travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines.
Rethinking the model of international MEL
ACFID MEL CoP’s first online webinar explores a fundamental topic of our times: What must we do differently to overcome MEL challenges in a post-COVID world?
This panel discussion brings together four different perspectives on the challenges we face. Panelists include:
- Patricia Rogers, CEO, Better Evaluation
- Delvin Varghese, Research Fellow, Department of Human-Centred Computing, Monash University
- Veronica Bell, Head of International Technical Services, Australian Red Cross
- Audra Blanchfield, Safe People and Data Initiative, SurveyCTO
The webinar provided an opportunity to delve into the issues and opportunities development practitioners face during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in continuing daily M&E work, study or research. The reflections and conversations restore optimism and confidence to try new methods towards understanding a greatly changed global development paradigm.
- Watch Part 1: Perspectives from Patricia Rogers, CEO, Better Evaluation
- Watch Part 2: Perspectives from Delvin Varghese, Research Fellow, Department of Human-Centred Computing, Monash University
- Watch Part 3: Perspectives from Veronica Bell, Head of International Technical Services, Australian Red Cross
- Watch Part 4: Perspectives from Audra Blanchfield, Safe People and Data Initiative, SurveyCTO
Rethinking MEL: A Digital Action Research
Slides from Delvin Varghese on Rethinking MEL: A Digital Action Research
What must we do differently to overcome MEL challenges in a post-COVID world?
Slides from Patricia Rogers on What must we do differently to overcome MEL challenges in a post-COVID world?
Online Survey Apps
What online survey apps does your organization use? Which ones work best within geographic contexts?
A recent article from Zapier.com listed these:
- SurveyPlanet for beginners
- Typeform for visually appealing surveys
- SurveyMonkey for creating surveys on a phone or tablet
- LimeSurvey for self-hosted surveys
- QuickTapSurvey for offline surveys
- YesInsights for one-click surveys
- Survey Anyplace for gamifying surveys
- Surveybot for chatbot surveys in Facebook
- SmartSurvey for collaborating on survey questions
- SurveyGizmo for optimizing your surveys
We would add:
- WhatsApp for long-form discussions for people without access to emails or computers
- Padlet for online workshops or card-sorting activities (smartphone & desktop access)
- MentiMeter for online polls and short-form survey questions (smartphone & desktop access)
We also came across this low-tech feedback tool called, Feedback Frames, that we think could easily be adapted in multiple languages and locally-delivered. Let us know if you’ve tried it!