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Tool 5

Monitoring & Evaluation  Framework

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Tool 5: MEL Framework

The first stage of developing a participatory monitoring, evaluating and learning (MEL) framework is to decide on a research question for the PAR. To help us answer a MEL question, and document the activities of our PAR process, we need a combination of different methods. MEL are three distinct but related activities that together will contribute to documenting the activities of our PAR process.  Within PAR (as with all research), it is important to recognise that data generation is not neutral, and that particular methods carry values and theoretical standpoints. Building these different methods into the MEL framework is the first step towards collective analysis; the second stage will be to develop an analytical framework, that draws on a collective theory of change.  Tool 5 offers a start to engage with ways in which MEL are both distinct and connected.

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Principles & Steps of Participatory Action Research (PAR) 

Tool 5: MEL Framework

Further tool resources

'Acting' in PAR: Building meaningful change 

Carmen Martinez-Vargas, University of the Free State