This toolkit, written by Anne Garbutt, is a concise guide to monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), intended specifically for use by small non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The toolkit is one of five produced as part of the Strengthening Small Organisations with Big Ambitions project (2021-22), which aimed to strengthen small UK-based NGOs working in international development. However, it can be used by any small NGO looking to develop their MEL practices.


Strengthening Small Organisations with Big Ambitions is a two-year project aiming to support small UK charities working internationally, to improve their resilience and provide more effective support to partner organisations and communities overseas. Funding is provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) through a Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) Capacity Development Grant.


This toolkit is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. You can view a copy of the license here.

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BA MEL Toolkit

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MEL tool stakeholder analysis

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MEL tool evaluation TORs

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MEL tool logframe

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MEL tool sample outline MEL plan

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MEL tool PEST analysis

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