• What we'll do
We will be discussing how best your charity can use technology for monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) purposes. This is ahead of the MERLtech conference on March 19-20 (http://merltech.org/) - an annual conference that explores how social sector organisations are embracing digital approaches to MERL. Think of our meetup as a taster session!
We'll hear from Nissa Ramsey, founder of Think Social Tech (http://www.thinksocialtech.org/) and former Tech for Good grants manager at Comic Relief, about some of the free tools that can help you carry out effective monitoring and evaluation, and how you can choose them.
Our second speaker is James Noble, Impact Management Lead at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC - https://www.thinknpc.org/). He'll be talking about some of the opportunities digital opens up in MERL, and the different approaches they recommend.
We'll also open up to the group to hear about any tools and techniques you're using that you'd like to share.
• What to bring
An open mind and maybe a notebook and pen to make notes, though we'll also share the presentations afterwards. Also be ready to share your own experiences - we're a friendly bunch and welcome contributions from all attendees.
• Important to know
There will be food and drink kindly sponsored by GoFreeRange, a small co-operative web development agency (http://gofreerange.com/). Huge thanks also to our sponsors Outlandish (https://outlandish.com/) for hosting us at their co-op co-working space, Space4. We'll start with drinks and networking, with talks kicking off at 6.30pm.