Monterey Institute of International Studies

META Lab

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.

Under the direction of Professor Fernando DePaolis and Professor Philip Murphy, the META Lab endeavors to position the Monterey Institute as a center of excellence in academic and professional practice of policy analysis and evaluation. The META Lab is enthusiastic about new project ideas and opportunities for collaboration.