Sign Up for MEL Professional Development Sessions 2019-2020

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

What is MEL?

MEL, or Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, starts with data – but it’s so much more than that! SWSG Pittsburgh uses MEL to learn detailed impact information about our programs and participants, and we use MEL reporting techniques to share it out with our community. We want to share our MEL expertise with you! Learn how data and evaluation can make a difference in your everyday life and how you can use it to be more effective, personally and professionally!

Sign up to attend all of our free MEL Professional Development Sessions this year!

How to Get Good Data and Who We’re Leaving Out 

Wednesday, November 6 | 3:00-4:30 p.m.

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Data is political and the ways that we collect data often leave some groups of people out which paints an inaccurate picture of our world. Before the 2016 election, non-response bias left out large groups of voters, and pollsters reported inaccurate predictions for the U.S. presidential election. For this year’s census, many experts have explained how a citizenship question would collect inaccurate data and could cause harm to immigrants in the U.S. In this session learn about how to get good data without leaving people out or causing harm to groups that are marginalized.

Telling a Compelling Story with Data to Clients, Funders & Community

Monday, December 2 | 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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Data is only as good as what we do with it! Learn how to use what you learn from data to encourage change and action within a team, with clients, funders, and with community members.

Creative & Innovative Data Collection with Arts

January 2020 (TBD)

Data is so much more than numbers in Excel spreadsheets; it is how we express ourselves and share our stories. Learn how creative data collection using visual, media, and performing arts is often a more appropriate and more fun way to get at the answer to our questions!

Impress Your Employer with Simple Excel Skills

Wednesday, March 25 | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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Excel is overwhelming to many of us, but with just a few simple tips and tricks you can impress your employer with your newfound skills. Learn how to work with larger datasets, filter, and create graphs in Excel that will make you stand out in any job!