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Monitoring, Evaluation, Resolution, Learning (MERL) Technical Note

Victoria Calderon, Catherine Nguyen, Jordan Teague, Elynn Walter (all of WASH Advocates) and Susan Davis (Improve International) present the MERL Technical Note!

MERL Technical Note coverOrganizations in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector have acknowledged challenges in how they learn from Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and integrate lessons into current and future programming. Furthermore, traditional M&E, whether during or after a program, rarely leads to organizations resolving issues identified.

The process of Monitoring, Evaluation, Resolution, and Learning (MERL) can contribute to improving past and future programs by examining and acting on factors of program success or failure. Through MERL, problems identified during monitoring or evaluation can be resolved and lessons incorporated into ongoing practices for improved development practice. This technical note presents an overview of MERL and highlights examples of “resolution” of problems in the WASH sector.

Download the MERL Technical Note.

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