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Measuring the effectiveness of social change programs is crucial for increasing project impact and demonstrating accountability to donors and communities. Sarah Miller Frazer, Global Studies MA Student and RTI Intern, led a discussion about the practical application of monitoring and evaluation (M&E). M&E is evidence-based decision making, and results measurement has gained importance in domestic and international efforts. In this discussion, students learned more about monitoring and evaluation, why it’s important, how it fits into the project cycle, and basic tools to help with M&E. The discussion included time to discuss challenges in measuring results, applying M&E in a variety of job roles, and how different types and sizes of organizations approach M&E.

The event was part of an ongoing collaboration between the UNC MA in Global Studies and the NCSU Master of International Studies programs.