Practice Areas

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA)

Applying a comprehensive approach to improve international development and research initiatives worldwide

MERLA is the intentional application of results-focused monitoring, evaluation, and research to inform continuous learning and adaptation for improved program effectiveness, impact, and evidence-based policy decisions.

We strive to go beyond program monitoring and evaluation (M&E) by filling gaps in evidence through quantitative and qualitative research. By incorporating collaborating, learning, and adapting best practices into M&E and research, we ensure that progress toward program objectives is guided by continuous learning and iterative adaptation.

RTI successfully applies MERLA in international development and research programs in dozens of countries globally, cutting across various technical sectors—including agriculture, economic development, education, energy, food security, governance, health, natural resource management, and resilience.

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