Welcome to MERL Tech

MERL Tech is a platform and space for discussion, learning and sharing experiences and challenges with the use of technologies for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) in the social impact and humanitarian and international development fields.

Through MERL Tech, we aim to strengthen understanding of the value, impact and risks of digital technology in MERL and to support learning and discussion on new approaches and tools for MERL work.

This includes:

  • how newer technologies and digital data are being used in MERL
  • how new approaches and ways of thinking are changing MERL and what this means for how development and social impact work happen
  • how participation and voice can be enhanced through new technologies
  • how digitized processes of data collection, use and sharing can increase risk and ways we can be more responsible throughout the data lifecycle

We focus holistically on MERL Tech, with consideration for five key areas that require attention: organizational, methodological, technological, operational and ethical.

We strive to be a dynamic and inclusive space where researchers, evaluators, development practitioners, HQ and management, humanitarian aid workers, technology developers, data analysts/scientists, funders and others involved in this emerging field can come together for multidisciplinary conversations, learning and collaboration.

MERL Tech was started by Linda Raftree and Wayan Vota in 2014 with the M&E Tech Conference and Deep Dive, supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, the GSMA and FHI360. Annual MERL Tech conferences are held in Washington DC and London.

Follow MERL Tech news or join the MERL Tech forum to ask questions about digital data and the role of technology in MERL and to share and learn about opportunities, resources, events and experiences.

Contact us at linda[at]kurante.com or wayan[at]kurante.com.