Monitoring & Evaluation

Getting More from Your ORR-6 Data: What’s the Value of ORR-6 Data to You?

This blog post accompanies a new toolkit developed by the Urban Institute as part of the Switchboard program: Data-Driven State Refugee Programs: Lessons from the field on managing, analyzing, and using data to improve refugee programs. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) recently delivered a series of webinar trainings on its updated ORR-6 report, which …

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How States Are Using Better Data to Help Refugees

This blog post was written by Jessica Shakesprere and Ian Hecker of the Urban Institute. It accompanies a new toolkit developed by the Urban Institute as part of the Switchboard program: Data-Driven State Refugee Programs: Lessons from the field on managing, analyzing, and using data to improve refugee programs.  Many states that welcome refugees lack …

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When’s that Report Due Again? How to Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Workplan

Have you been thinking about strengthening your monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes? It can be challenging to plan out who on your team will be involved in collecting, entering, quality-checking, analyzing, and reporting on your program data, not to mention using the data to make program decisions! M&E plans are intended to guide monitoring and …

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A Round-up of Resources on Project Design

Are you working to design a new project or refine the design of an existing program? Switchboard’s Resource Library hosts a variety of project design resources developed by the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance Project (META), a former ORR-funded technical assistance provider. If you’d like customized support for your specific project, consider submitting a technical …

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7 Tips for Supporting Staff Through a Database Transition

This blog post was written by the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. Transitioning to a new database can be a challenging process! While we know that every organization has staff with differing capacities and system roles, here are some general practices to …

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Interactive Data Sources for Refugee Service Providers #3: MPI Data Hub

This blog post was written by the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. Looking for more data on humanitarian immigrant populations? Check out the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Data Hub’s Humanitarian Protection Statistics, where you can find interactive maps and databases. The map pictured …

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Interactive Data Sources for Refugee Service Providers #2: IOM Migration Data Portal

This blog post was written by the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. Going beyond the data on refugee migration flows we spotlighted last time, you may be interested in more specific data related to global migration patterns, themes and topics. The International Organization …

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Interactive Data Sources for Refugee Service Providers #1: UNHCR Resettlement Data Finder

This blog post was written by the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. Interested in data on refugee population flows from countries of origin to countries of first asylum or countries of resettlement? The UNHCR Resettlement Data Finder allows you to explore UNHCR’s resettlement data …

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Data-Driven Job Upgrade Programs: 2 Questions to Ask when Measuring Changes in Client Income

This blog post was written by the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. If you’re a refugee employment specialist, you’re probably tracking your clients’ income. But of all the data you could collect, why measure this? And how exactly should you do it? …

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Is Your Data Tidy? Tips from the Experts to Speed Analysis and Save You Time

This blog post was written by the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. Too many of us have experienced a common M&E frustration: puzzling over an Excel spreadsheet that may contain all of the information we need, but that takes multiple time-consuming steps to clean …

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