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The CARE International MEL Community of Practice

The CI MEL Community of Practice is created as a space where MEL specialists and MEL enthusiasts from all CARE offices can:

  1. Regularly be informed on progress around the global MEL agenda
  2. Engage in sessions and activities focused on: sharing practices/tools/innovations, collectively addressing MEL challenges, training, technical assistance, etc. All with the ultimate goal of strengthening MEL capacities across CARE.

It is a semi-formal platform, facilitated by the CI MEL group, and its success is highly dependent on the extent to which its members are actively engaged, and able to share their experience and perspectives.

How to join the MEAL Community of Practice?

The engagement in the Community of Practice is open to colleagues in all CARE teams around the world (Project, Country, Region, Member or Affiliate, etc.). If you are interested in joining, please fill the following form (in English or Spanish) and you will automatically be incorporated to future communications.

sign up to the MEAL Community - IN ENGLISH
sign up to the MEAL Community - IN SPANISH

Why a capacity mapping?

Members of the Community of Practice are the core of CARE’s global capacity for monitoring programmatic actions, measuring impact and capturing and sharing leaning from our programming. Therefore, it is of great value to know how our MEL expertise is consolidated around the world, and the capacity building needs in different aspects of MEL.

To know more about MEL colleagues around the world and their MEL expertise, go here:

MEL capacity mapping in ENGLISH (wiki)

MEL capacity mapping in SPANISH


The agenda of the Community of Practice will be highly linked with the priorities that shape the CI MEL agenda. However, members are free to adjust its content or evolve to a wider range of working groups (e.g. in other languages) or other forms of interaction.

Terms of Reference in different languages

Learning Sessions

Monthly Learning Sessions

The CI MEL Community of Practice organizes monthly 1-2 hour sessions (in English or other languages) via teleconference and they normally follow this format:

  1. Brief update on CARE’s MEL agenda
  2. Focused dialogue: presentation, training, panel or other, on a topic of interest
  3. Open Discussion: open (but moderated) dialogue, where members are free to share their expertise, documents, resources, etc.

2020 Session 33 - June 11 - Qualitative analysis in evaluation practice

Agenda: Emory-CARE MEAL Capacity Strengthening Series

Speaker: Dr. Karen Andes, Associate Professor, Global Health

Learning Objectives:

Identify key tools of qualitative data analysis 2 Explain processes of analysis using various tools 3 Understand how the tools and processes fit together to determine an analysis plan

Recording Password: 0O@66m7?

2020 Session 32 - May 27- WEE Sensemaking

Agenda: Session to discuss and reflect on IMPACT and REACH data in relation to the Women’s Economic Empowerment global outcome. Review of recent data from PIIRS FY19, taking the opportunity to deep dive into the numbers and trends from previous years and highlight examples from the most recent financial year.

PPT presentationfy2019_sensemaking_wee_final.pptx

2020 Session 31 - April 30 - FNS Sensemaking

Agenda: Session to to discuss and reflect on the IMPACT and REACH data in relation to the Food and Nutrition Security global outcome. Dialogue around the recent data from PIIRS FY19 with a deep dive into the numbers and trends from past years.

Recordingno recording available
PPT presentationfy19_fns_data_sensemaking.pptx
FNS Power BI data visualization

2020 Session 30 - April 7 - Responsible Data, Data Ethics and Data Minimization

Agenda: A dialogue on Responsible Data, Data Ethics and Data Minimization

2020 Session 29 - April 6 - MEAL and COVID

Agenda: In light of the Covid-19 crisis, we are seeing an increasing demand for MEAL tools or guidance to support data collection, monitoring, evaluation, learning or decision making/adaptation in the context of the crisis, and different teams are already working on that. In this call we’d like to explore how can we bring all our efforts together and how can the MEAL group collectively support the integration of key elements of MEAL in the different actions to be implemented in the context of the crisis.

2020 Session 28 - March 26 - PIIRS FY19 - SRHR Sensemaking

Agenda: A review of global SRHR data on IMPACT, REACH, and elements of PROGRAM QUALITY, looking at the most recent data from PIIRS FY19 and some trends from past FYs.

PPT presentationpiirs_fy_19_sensemaking_srhr.pptx
SHRH Power BI data visualization

2020 Session 27 - March 18 and 19 - PIIRS FY19 - LFFV Sensemaking

Agenda: A dialogue on the IMPACT and REACH data of the Life Free From Violence global outcome

Session 1 - 18th March 2020 - for GMT and AP time zone colleagues (Start @8:28)]]

Session 2 - 19th March 2020 - for US and GMT time zone colleagues (Start @ 6:35)

2020 Session 26 - March 5 - PIIRS FY19 - Cash and Voucher Assistance Sensemaking

Agenda: A review of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) data in FY19, and dialogue on actions that we can collectively take in order to further advance CVA work and CVA reporting.

2020 Session 25 - March 3 and 4 - PIIRS FY19 - Global Sensemaking

Agenda: Sensemaking sessions of global data on IMPACT, REACH and elements of PROGRAM QUALITY, looking at the most recent data from PIIRS FY19 and some trends from past FYs. Two sessions with the same content, in different days/timezones.

Session 1 - March 3 Session 2 - March 4

2020 Session 24 - February 10 - PIIRS digitization

All materials related to the PIIRS digitization are available here: PIIRS Digitization

2019 Session 23 - November 26 - RCTs II: A dialogue with J-PAL

Agenda: An opportunity to know more about the work of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) around randomized impact evaluations, and also an opportunity for us to share our main questions, concerns or uncertainties when applying RCTs in the context of CARE projects or programs.

2019 Session 23 - November 13 - RCTs I: Our experience and main questions around RCTs

Agenda: Learning from projects that have applied Randomized Control Trials and the main questions/critical elements we need to consider when deciding if an RCT is the most appropriate approach.

Compilation of questions around RCTsrct_questions_-_care_-_nov_2019.docx

2019 Session 22 - November 6 - Responsible Data at CARE

Agenda: A session on responsible data, what it means and where it fits into your work. A deep dive into our ongoing responsible data work with Chomoka in Tanzania, some take-aways from our work in Mali. Dialogue on questions we should all be asking before embarking in exciting digital innovations.

2019 Session 21 - October 23 - Data systems at country level (MENA experiences)

Agenda: Systems that countries are using to track and consolidate data at country or program level (participant or other data coming from projects).

Jordan: The CARE Database System (CDS)
Turkey: System for the CVA program
CARE Lebanon’s beneficiary system using SQL coding and QR Codes

2019 Session 20 - October 1 - CARE and the SDGs

Agenda: Presentation and dialogue around different initiatives in which CARE is involved, around SDG progress, implementation or measurement.

- Report: CARE and Partners’ Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals
- The “Leave no One behind – Making voices heard and count” initiative in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya and Vietnam
- Partnerships for the SDGs: An introduction to the SDG advocacy approach
- From the sidelines of UNGA

2019 Session 19 - September 26 - PIIRS FY19 debriefing, Power BI visuals and MEAL package


- PIIRS FY19: debriefing on the first part of the process (status of data / learning & recommendations) and description of next steps (data validation with CARE countries)
- Demo of a Power BI visual for PIIRS, for your feedback
- Update on the development of the MEAL minimum package (online training modules addressing key elements of MEAL) and invitation for those who may want to test it in the next months

2019 Session 18 - September 17 - Results and learning from the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Programme (GEWEP) II

2019 Session 17 - August 19 - WEE impact and reach analysis and discussion

Agenda: A session focused on FY18 findings from PIIRS, in relation to WEE and sharing experiences from CARE Jordan and CARE Bangladesh on reporting agains the WEE Global Indicators.

2019 Session 16 - July 11 - Learning from FY18 Resilience Marker, Reach and Impact data

Agenda: A session focused on FY18 findings from PIIRS, in relation to resilience and Resilience Marker. We will be looking at REACH/IMPACT data, trends and what we can learn from it.

2019 Session 15 - July 9 - Learning from Failures Documented in Evaluations

Agenda: CARE recently completed a meta-analysis to draw lessons from what evaluators reported as challenges, gaps, and lessons learned across 114 project evaluations from 2015-2018. In this session, we will learn more about how the analysis was conducted (using MAXQDA) and what it’s telling us about the implications for future work.

General Presentationfailures_presentation_ci_mel_group.pptx
Failures codebook used for this meta-analysisfailures_codebook.docx
Notes from the session with suggested Actions and Q&A2019_july_9_mel_cop_learning_from_failure_in_evaluations.docx
CARE UK’s Evaluation Management Response Guidancecare_uk_evaluation_management_response_template_and_guidance.docx
Full report

2019 Session 14 - June 19 - Outcome Harvesting

Agenda: An overview of the fundamentals of Outcome Harvesting and examples of application in Guatemala, Mali, Bangladesh and other CARE countries.

2019 June 3 - Update on Preparations of PIIRS FY19 (session 1 and session 2)

A preliminary dialogue to share progress around the following:

- What is being prepared for the FY19 process (process tools): the incorporation of the recommendations that colleagues provided during and after PIIRS FY18, plus some new data needs that have emerged.

- The elements that we are not yet able to incorporate but are listed for a larger dialogue on further digitization and expansion of PIIRS Not yet be the formal launching of the FY19 data collection process (the process will be launched mid-July)

Recording and notes from the sessions are available in this link: PIIRS FY19 Preparations

Agenda:A dialogue around SHRH reach and impact, trends, gaps to fill and learning.

Agenda:A dialogue around LFFV reach and impact, trends, gaps to fill and learning.

2019 Session 11 - March 26 - Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs)

Agenda:A dialogue around what VOPES do; how they bring together evaluation practitioners with the objective of improving evaluation thinking and practice; and opportunities for CARE teams to connect with VOPEs in different countries/regions.

2019 Session 10 - January 26 - Reflecting on our evidence of Impact/Outcomes

Agenda:A dialogue on data/evidence of CARE’s contribution to impact/outcomes; progress toward CARE’s 2020 Impact Goals and what we are all learning from these global evidencing effort.

Session 1
Session 2

2019 Session 9 (two sessions in different timezones) - January 24 - Feedback and Complaints Mechanisms

Session 1

Agenda:A dialogue on basic principles of feedback and complaints mechanism, and practical experiences implementing them different countries.

Session 2

Agenda:A dialogue on basic principles of feedback and complaints mechanism, and practical experiences implementing them different countries.

General presentationmelcop_fcm_presentation_jan_2019.pdf
Q&A and Notes from session2019-01_mel_cop_call_fcm_notes.docx

2018 Session 8 - November 27 - Quality of Evaluations

Agenda: Session focused on quality of evaluations, looking at the quality of CARE’s evaluations currently (e.g. what we are good at, what we need to improve) and an example from CARE Madagascar applying tools and processes to ensure improved quality of evaluations.

General Presentation2018_november_27_community_of_practice_call_-_quality_of_evaluations.pptx
Evaluation quality review 2018 and the scoring criteriaevaluations_review_2018_1.docx
Tools from CARE Madagascar:
* TOR for evaluation
* Matrix to analyze evaluator´s offers
* Cheklist for quality control of the evaluation report
After Action Review (AAR) guidanceAAR

2018 Session 7 - October 25 - Digital data collection tools for MEL

Agenda: Session focused on experiences using Kobo toolbox in the Mano River region for both development and humanitarian projects; and using DHIS2 for an SRH in emergencies project.

2018 Session 6 - September 18 - Towards a Strategic Impact Inquiry on Gender in Emergencies

Agenda: Session focused on describing the main elements of a new Strategic Impact Inquiry on Gender in Emergencies; the main questions we want to answer; the connection with the MEL Community of Practice and the different roles members of the MEL CoP can play in this process.

General presentationci_melcop_and_the_sii_on_gender_in_emergencies.pptx
Want to get involved in the SII on Gender in Emergencies? Please visit the engagement survey and discover multiple ways in which you can participate in this process:

2018 Session 5 - June 6 - The L in MEL

Agenda: Session focused on LEARNING and linking the M&E to the L in MEL. An overview of key elements to consider when generating and using learning. Experiences shared from Honduras, Egypt and Mozambique.

Presentations/ Experiences from Honduras, Egypt and Mozambique and overview of key elements to consider when developing a learning agenda2018_june_ci_mel_cop_call_-_the_l_in_mel.pptx
iREFLECT and iLEARN tools from Mozambiqueireflect_tool_mozambique.doc ilearn_tool_mozambique.doc
Suggested readingCulture of learning and leadership buy-in

2018 Session 4 - May 15 - Measurement and learning around the CARE Outcomes

Agenda: Session focused on measurement and learning around the Program Strategy Outcomes: Humanitarian Assistance; Food and Nutrition Security & Climate Change Resilience; The Right to Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health & a Life Free From Violence; and Women's Economic Empowerment.

  • Overview on Global and Supplementary indicators to measure impact/outcomes around the Outcomes
  • Experiences applying the indicators in different scenarios: incorporating the indicators in MEL systems, in new proposals, etc.
General presentation on global and supplementary indicators2018_may_mel_cop_-_global_indicators.pptx
Experience - measuring and learning around the indicators - HUM2018-05-15_care-hpm_2016-17_mel-cop.pptx
Experience - measuring and learning around the indicators - FNS and CARE Ethiopiacop_session_presentation_care_eth_experience.pptx
Experience - measuring and learning around the indicators - SRMH & LFFVsrhr_lffv_mel_cop_prez_.pptx
Experience - measuring and learning around the indicators - SRMH & LFFVmel_cop_slides-_vsla_reach.pptx

2018 Session 3 - April 10 - Measurement and learning around the CARE Approach>

Agenda: Session focused on measurement and learning around the three elements of the CARE Approach: Gender Equality and Women’s Voice, Inclusive Governance and Resilience.

  • Application of the markers and how they help us assess the degree to which we are integration the CARE Approach in our work
  • Discussion on Global and Supplementary indicators to measure impact/outcomes around the CARE Approach


2018 Session 2 - March 21 - Using PIIRS for planning, learning and improving programming

Agenda: Using PIIRS data for planing, learning and improving programming.
Presentations from Mali, Southern Africa, Malawi, Bangladesh and Latin America & Caribbean


2018 Session 1 - February 6 - Introducing the MEL Community of Practice


  • Introducing everyone to the Community of Practice and the linkages with the global MEL agenda and MEL framework
  • Reviewing our current MEL capacities
  • Discussing on expectations, themes of interest and ways of working going forward


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