The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Hub is convened by the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) and includes members from a wide range of organizations interested in working on topics relevant to MEAL with faith actors.

The MEAL Hub aims to better understand how activities related to MEAL are conducted in international-local partnerships where the local partners are from a faith-inspired organization, from any faith and from anywhere in the world. Recognizing that there can be difficulties with MEAL in local-international partnerships, the MEAL Hub aims to compile good practice examples to be of use to a broad humanitarian and development audience.

Your case study contribution will be reviewed for inclusion in a compendium of good practices from a wide range of organizations. The compendium will be open access and publicly disseminated. The JLI and MEAL Hub members will use the compendium to showcase good practices in faith and MEAL in global and national meetings around the world. By submitting this case study, you agree that we can contact you if your case study is chosen to be included in the compendium. You will be able to review your case study in the compendium before publication.

Good practices are both externally defined by reports from organizations and donors and internally defined by discussions among staff about what went well. We broadly follow the MEAL DPro Guide description of MEAL good practices.

Good practices in MEAL:

  • Participation (contributions from a diverse range of stakeholders in initiating, defining parameters, and conducting MEAL, so that local actors feel ownership over M&E processes)
  • Maintaining ethical standards (representation, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, participant safety, data minimization, responsible data usage and data protection)
  • Feedback and responsiveness (channels for feedback established, ways to close feedback loop and demonstrate how feedback is informing the project)
  • Critical thinking (thinking that is open to different opinions and informed by evidence, a commitment to identifying and testing assumptions and biases)
  • Adaptation and adaptive management (analyzing M&E data promptly and frequently, actively seeking to understand project data, and using evidence to inform decisions and adjustments to project design, planning, and implementation)
  • Alignment with standards (demonstrate the project is aligned with minimum standards and donor requirements)
  • Transparency (sharing M&E information and results with communities, partners, donors, and other stakeholders)
  • Building a  learning environment (encouraging and rewarding learning, encourage asking questions and curiosity, embedding learning process such as learning questions in meetings)
  • Knowledge exchange (defining future good practices from learning and sharing that information widely with other organizations to inform sectoral good practices)

*Please use these criteria for question 1