About the Framework
The Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (DMERL) Framework provides the principles, guidelines, tools, and resources for DMERL practices in the project management cycle. The site also links to recommended e-learning courses to build competencies in DMERL and project management. These resources were developed and curated primarily for American Red Cross staff and partners, but they are also relevant to staff and volunteers working throughout the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and the humanitarian sector.
The Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework was developed by the American Red Cross in 2020. After a year of piloting, the Framework was revised to be streamlined and linked to the program management cycle, so that users can quickly access the most relevant guidance or tool for the program management task at hand.
Key Principles Guiding the DMERL Framework
How to Use the Framework
Navigate through each phase of the Project Management Cycle
The Framework supports the entire project management cycle, from concept to close-out. DMERL is essential to good project management, because it gives you the knowledge you need to build, implement, and improve your project. We have identified a role for DMERL in four project management phases - or as we are calling them: Design, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. We also emphasize that Knowledge Management and Learning are at the center of the project management cycle and should be integrated throughout.
Take advantage of its curated inventory of resources
The Framework provides practical guidelines, tools, and templates to help with your DMERL activities throughout the project management cycle. It is a knowledge management repository for the proven approaches and strongest tools already available in the industry, including from the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC), USAID and other leading sources.
Follow its step by step guides
The framework provides best practice standards for how to do DMERL in the project management cycle. The standards are part of a step-by-step guide to practical approaches you can take to improving your project through DMERL.
Use its shared language, practices, and goals
The purpose of the Framework is to create a common vision and shared language for DMERL practice in humanitarian work, clearly articulating why we engage in specific areas of work and what we hope to achieve.