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Development & Climate days

ODI general feed - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 01:00
​For the first time in history, an opportunity exists to integrate global efforts to tackle climate change and poverty, setting the world on a path to achieve zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions within a generation.

The frameworks to be agreed in 2015 must work together to this end. But how can climate and poverty agendas be best connected?

Join us at COP20 in Lima for two days of innovative approaches and incisive dialogue, focused on bringing zero-zero within reach.

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CAPE conference

ODI general feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:00
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The 2014 CAPE conference: Does money matter? The role of finance in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

ODI general feed - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 01:00

Will money matter for the future of development? When much of the wider discourse is focused on how to raise more money, the 2014 CAPE conference will ask what sort of difference that money can make in practice.

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Conflict and disaster reporting: Does the public still care?

ODI general feed - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:00

On 23 October 1984, the BBC aired a landmark report on the famine in Ethiopia. Describing the crisis as a ‘biblical famine’, the report galvanised the public, spurred the UK government into action and prompted the creation of the infamous Live Aid concert. Join us at The Frontline Club as we examine the current state of conflict and disaster reporting and how humanitarian agencies can work with the media to raise awareness and much-needed funds.

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Launch of World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on culture and risk

ODI general feed - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00

Join us for the launch of the 2014 World Disasters Report – Focus on culture and risk, with the British Red Cross, where a panel of experts will discuss how culture and disaster risk management can work together.

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Launch of World Disasters Report: Focus on culture and risk

ODI general feed - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00
This British Red Cross World Disasters Report launch, with Director of HPG Sara Pantuliano on the panel, will explore the different ways in which culture affects disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and how disasters and risks influence culture. 
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Finding ‘evidence’ for what works in security and justice programming

ODI general feed - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:00
​​This session will discuss the struggle with the notion of ‘evidence’ in justice and security programming. Using the categories of proof, principle and plausibility, the session will reframe the question of ‘what works’ by broadening it to the question of ‘why something might plausibly work’ and why on some issues neither research nor practice seems to be able to learn.
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Professional Course on Disaster Management in Asia and the Pacific

ODI general feed - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:00
​The Professional Course on Disaster Management in Asia and the Pacific in Beijing is aimed at professionals from government agencies, international organisations, NGOs, charities and the private sector who are interested in learning about managing disasters and other crises in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Professional Course on Disaster Management in Asia and the Pacific

ODI general feed - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:00
​The Professional Course on Disaster Management in Asia and the Pacific in Beijing is aimed at professionals from government agencies, international organisations, NGOs, charities and the private sector who are interested in learning about managing disasters and other crises in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Raising Productivity in African agriculture

ODI general feed - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:00
​Progress on raising yields per hectare and per agricultural worker in Africa has been slow, so that many farmers lag behind their counterparts in much of Asia and Latin on these two measures of productivity.
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Launch of the OECD Development Co-operation Report (DCR) 2014

ODI general feed - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:00

As formal talks on a development finance framework to accompany the Sustainable Development Goals begin at the UN, this launch event will explore key themes in the OECD Development Co-operation Report 2014: Mobilising resources for sustainable development (DCR 2014).

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Launch of the OECD Development Cooperation Report (DCR) 2014

ODI general feed - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:00

As formal talks on a development finance framework to accompany the Sustainable Development Goals begin at the UN, this launch event will explore key themes in the OECD Development Co-operation Report 2014.

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Resilience: uncensored

ODI general feed - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:00
​It’s a human instinct to count things. But can everything be measured? Join us at the pub on 8 October from 4pm in the Rose and Crown for a heated (but friendly) debate on quantifying resilience.
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Putting affected people at the centre of humanitarian response: Rhetoric or reality?

ODI general feed - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:00
​​Engaging with and being accountable to affected people should be part of any humanitarian worker’s DNA. But what does accountability and engagement mean when working on the ground? How do we make sure we're thinking of affected people when responding to crises and disasters?
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Connecting the dots: Why and how to engage with people affected by crises and disaster

ODI general feed - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:00
​​Engaging with and being accountable to affected people should be part of any humanitarian worker’s DNA. But what does accountability and engagement mean when working on the ground? How do we make sure we're thinking of affected people when responding to crises and disasters?
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Creating a ‘Smart Network’ for Climate Knowledge

ODI general feed - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 00:00
​An open session to learn what climate knowledge brokers are doing to connect up climate knowledge, and discuss how your organisation can benefit and ‘plug in’ to the network.
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Rural wages in Asia

ODI general feed - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:00

Thursday sees the launch of the ‘Rural wages in Asia’ report. Duncan Green and ODIs Steve Wiggins discuss how rural wages are changing for countries in Asia, look at potential causes, and consider the implications for rural poverty, food prices & security, economic growth, in Asia and in Africa.

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NPF TIG Week: Kamilah Henderson on Working with Nonprofits to Maximize Evaluation Capacity

Hi, I’m Kamilah Henderson, Evaluation Fellow at Skillman Foundation in Detroit. I work with Foundation staff and partners to create learning opportunities that inform the work of improving conditions for Detroit kids.

Skillman provided a social innovation grant to the Detroit Bus Company to develop the Youth Transit Alliance (YTA), creating a long-term transportation solution for youth in Southwest Detroit. YTA’s work has required nimbleness and creative agility to respond to shifts in the volatile ecosystem in which the project is embedded. As an internal evaluator, I used rapid learning to complement the spirit and energy of the YTA’s work to 1) highlight and track tangible changes in program strategy, 2), develop a rigorous data collection system, 3) surface solutions in a way that fosters continued mutual responsiveness and collaboration.

Lesson Learned:

Social innovators work fast solving seemingly intractable problems. Rapid learning allows foundations to match the pace of social innovators who need data to inform their swift responses to systems level changes.

Hot Tip #1: Demonstrate Values of Collaboration through Action. Developing evaluation relationships early in project planning ensures that rapid learning addresses the concerns of the grantee and Foundation. Starting with this value has made for stronger learning questions. As implementers of the work, YTA learned from the rapid learning cycles about moving key levers in systems change for kids, and Skillman’s Social Innovation team learned about providing technical assistance resources for core grantees.

Hot Tip #2: Use Tried and True Tools. Beverly Parsons developed a framework to assess program development as it moves toward sustainability and scaling. The framework helped me identify strategy changes the YTA employed during their pilot year. Parsons’ tool was beneficial in the absence of a logic model, which is sometimes the case with social innovation projects versus traditional nonprofit programs.

Hot Tip #3: Faster is Better. Instead of year-end reports, YTA has appreciated getting the results of data analyses within months so that they could more quickly shift the direction of their work toward better outcomes for kids. Skillman has valued learning as the work progresses rather than after a grant cycle has ended. Melanie Hwalek’s memo format is a helpful tool for presenting critical analyses without the long wait.

Rad Resource: Evaluating Social Innovation, by Preskill and Beer.

Rad Resource: The Real-Time Evaluation Memo, by Melanie Hwalek.

Rad Resource: Developing a Framework for Systems-Oriented Evaluation, by Beverly Parsons.

Get Involved: I would love to hear from others who are doing similar work. I will be presenting with a panel of colleagues at the AEA Conference. Please join Marie Colombo, Sara Plachta Elliott, Nancy Latham and me at Learning about Rapid Learning: Identifying Approaches that Increase Evaluation Use in System-Building.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Nonprofits and Foundations Topical Interest Group (NPFTIG) Week. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our NPFTIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

 

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Ebola: What more can be done?

ODI general feed - 4 hours 47 min ago
This year's Ebola outbreak has so far claimed the lives of thousands in West Africa. The rate of contamination is snowballing with some predicting that more than 500,000 could be infected by the end of January. What can be done to destroy Ebola and are we doing enough? Will the international community learn from this response and be better prepared for future epidemics?
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NPF TIG Week: Patti Patrizi on Using Existing Data in New Ways

American Evaluation Association 365 Blog - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 01:15

I am Patti Patrizi an evaluation consultant working primarily with foundations helping them develop evaluation and learning systems. After working at The Pew Charitable Trusts, I founded The Evaluation Roundtable. My tip is an approach I used to help a large foundation develop a learning system that fosters internal learning about their strategies as an antidote to years of producing reports about results and outcomes.

Hot Tips:

  • Assessing the current reporting system: We used a modified “post action review” (http://www.fireleadership.gov/documents/Learning_AAR.pdf ) with a 16 person representative staff group asking them to describe their experience with their current system (this included asking about: audience, process, questions, actual use–by whom, gaps and positives) and to describe their hopes. The process took 2 meetings at 1.5 hours each.
  • Providing quick feedback: We quickly provided their comments back on a single Excel sheet sent to them for comments.
  • Plotting out the new system: Using the information, we generated a rough outline of the major elements of a new reporting system, which they reviewed in one group meeting, and then via email. We then selected four members of the larger group, to help detail mechanics, rules, and flows for the new system.
  • The core of the process: The system builds exchange between officers and their directors on each strategy. The exchange is teed up by responses to a set of questions developed to stimulated thinking and discussion on issues. Each officer writes a note; their director reads it, and convenes the group of officers working on a strategy, and then writes his/her own note.   Each note represents each person’s own perspective; there are no “corrections” in the process.   The group then meets with their program VP to discuss implications.
  • Developing good learning questions: The old system focused on listing accomplishments. The new system drives on questions that challenge officers to think critically about the strategy, and about why something happened or not. Using data of some kind (qualitative or quantitative) is a requirement. So as an example:

“Are you finding that you need to rethink the assumptions behind your theory of change, including:

  • Time needed to achieve outcomes envisioned
  • The extent of partnership and interest delivered by key stakeholders
  • Availability or nature of resources needed to make a difference
  • Levels of interest from external stakeholders—such as policy makers, NGOs etc.
  • Unanticipated changes in policy
  • The level of capacity that exists within relevant field/s in order to carry out the work, or as it relates to the key approaches
  • Other assumptions that have not materialized as you hoped?”

Last thought: This process will be only as good as the thinking it produces in the organization.

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Nonprofits and Foundations Topical Interest Group (NPFTIG) Week. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our NPFTIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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