M&E approaches during COVID-19

Topics Ethical research and evaluation | Evidence-based practice | Research and evaluation methods | Innovation and technology | Tools & Guidance

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.

 

 

Rethinking MEL: A Digital Action Research

Rethinking MEL: A Digital Action Research

Slides from Delvin Varghese on Rethinking MEL: A Digital Action Research

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What must we do differently to overcome MEL challenges in a post-COVID world?

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?

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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:

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!