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Focus 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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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adapting (MERLA) Course 101

The MERLA Course 101 is designed for individuals with varying levels of MERLA experience and teaches skills important for all levels of project management and technical contribution. The five modules build on each other but can be taken independently.

Learning and Adapting During COVID-19 | A Series of Webinars

These sessions focus on how the international development community is facing the challenges of COVID-19. View past webinars and sign up to receive information for upcoming events.

Illustration of a woman drawing a clock that says 'Time to Adapt.'
Illustration of a woman drawing a clock that says 'Time to Adapt.'

A New Normal

COVID-19 has provided the unique opportunity for our MERLA team to quickly learn and adapt as we work through the short- and long-term challenges of implementing projects during a pandemic.

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