Techniques and Tools

The team at ISF-UTS has curated a set of techniques and tools to support the curated approaches.

What are tools and techniques?

 

Techniques – Within this website, we refer to techniques as the ways in which MEL can be done. For example card sorting, participatory activities and generating insights.

Tools – Within this website, we refer to tools as both digital and physical items that support MEL. For example digital analysis platforms, cards, and checklists.

 

 

Personas

Personas

Coming Soon! Personas are representative yet fictional characters used for both evaluation and planning purposes.

Data Visualisation

Data Visualisation

Data visualisation is the process of bringing information to life through shape, colour, order and structure. We highlight two unique tools relevant for qualitative data. 

Digital Tools

Digital Tools

Digital tools expand opportunities for remote and collaborative MEL.

Theory of Change

Theory of Change

Theories of change track the types of outcomes that a program intends to achieve for different actors. 

Visioning

Visioning

Visioning allows participants to dream about what the future could look like. This helps them to create a strategy for change.

Daily Clock

Daily Clock

Daily clocks are a participatory way to explore the activities and tasks that individuals do during an average day. 

Journey Mapping

Journey Mapping

Journey mapping helps to identify the steps that the participant has taken to come to their current state.

Generating Insights

Generating Insights

Getting from data to short statements that summarise your findings is an important step in sharing information.

Sensemaking Workshops

Sensemaking Workshops

Sensemaking workshops allow teams to synthesis results, generate insights and identify recommendations. 

Mapping

Mapping

Mapping activities help to explore spatial norms, changes and outcomes for participants. Some common versions include mobility maps and resource mapping.

Thematic Analysis

Thematic Analysis

Thematic analysis is the process of identifying patterns, themes, commonalities, and divergences within textual data. 

Card Sorts

Card Sorts

Card sorts are a participatory tool to engage respondents in categorising, organising or ordering information. Cards often have visuals or text information. Card sorts can be used in interviews or focus groups.

Ladders

Ladders

Laddering activities help to identify how individuals perceive themselves within a range of behaviours, activities or viewpoints. Some common versions include participation, happiness, safety, wellbeing and confidence.

Matrices

Matrices

Matrices help to identify societal and household norms. Some common versions include roles, responsibilities, opportunities, decisions, access, and social capital.