Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Policy and Standards

Monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) are all vital to the ambition of our Global Strategy​ to support 100 million girls to be able to learn, lead, decide and thrive.

MERL underpins Plan International’s delivery of effective and accountable gender-​transformative programmes and influencing.

The MERL standards document defines the standards that Plan International commits to follow within each step of our Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) work. It outlines five standards, each with multiple indicators which enable assessment of progress towards that standard.

The global Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Policy is derived from the Programme and Influence Quality Policy, and articulates the importance of MERL to Plan International, defines each of the four components and outlines the approach that Plan International will take. 

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