The aim of the Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training and Analysis (META) Lab is to capitalize on the rising demand for evidence-based policy evaluation.
META Lab's Mission
The unprecedented availability of data from multiple sources, coupled with increased economic constraints, has led to more stringent evaluation processes in all sectors of public policy and philanthropy and therefore presents valuable opportunities for professional development at the Monterey Institute.
Academically, the META Lab strives to create a learning environment in which students and faculty share in cutting-edge approaches to research and evaluation, by providing a repository of expertise to support courses and collaborating with other research centers on campus. The META Lab offers students opportunities to gain professional work experience through participating in lab projects, while serving an important community service function, by collaborating with local, regional and national groups to provide high-level expertise in the form of student participation and expert advice and consultation.