BalanceD-MERL Maturity Summary
The term D-MERL refers to the often disjointed components of the program-cycle and discrete and/or overlapping activities in program design (D), monitoring (M), evaluation (E), research (R), or learning (L). The BalanceD-MERL consortium posits that the incorporation of four key principles (relevant, right-sized, trustworthy, and responsible) into D-MERL activities can result in more rapid learning, better use of findings, and improved program decision making. This matrix presents four levels of maturity for each principle. These descriptions aim to get you thinking about how balanced your D-MERL is, as well as what is required to create sustained improvements in D-MERL within your organization.