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Women, migration and development: Investing in the future

ODI general feed - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:00

This two-day conference hosted by ODI and CARE International UK and funded by Big Lottery Fund will focus on two key thematic areas:  vulnerabilities faced by women migrant workers and challenges in developing lasting policy solutions.

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Women, migration and development: Investing in the future

ODI general feed - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:00
​The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and CARE International are hosting an international conference which aims to both highlight potential solutions for improving the protection of migrant’s rights, and to ensure that debates around migration are firmly located within the broader sustainable development agenda. The conference will focus on two key thematic areas: vulnerabilities faced by women migrant workers and challenges in developing lasting policy solutions. Drawing on findings from the EMPHASIS project in South Asia, funded by Big Lottery Fund, learnings from this project will help inform debates going forward.
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LAWG Week: Laureen Trainer on Enjoying Evaluation in the Moment

American Evaluation Association 365 Blog - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:15

My name is Laureen Trainer and in January I became Principal of Trainer Evaluation in Denver; to say the past six months have been a mixture of excitement and terror would be an understatement. But, the good news is that I love the decision to start my own business and I’m excited to begin the next phase of my evaluation career.

As a one-person company, I do all of the data collecting, which leads to some really cool moments. Recently I’ve been observing the new school experience at the Clyfford Still Museum. My past life includes a MA in art history, so I could tell you all about Still and Abstract Expressionism and his role in the pantheon of American art. Yet, I was never a big fan of his work. But these past few weeks, I’ve listened to a lot of kids trying to describe their thoughts and feelings when looking at his art, and it has been awesome! Truly.

For example, when looking at one abstract work of a large field of orange covering 2/3 of the work and a mixture of purple, gray and black vertical lines covering the remaining 1/3 of the work, one 8th grader commented that it reminded of him of day and night. His was a good start, and I could see that, but he went further. He said that the orange took up the majority of the canvas because we remember more and live more during the day, so it is bigger, and even though we sleep a lot, we don’t remember that part of our lives, so that is why the dark part covers less of the canvas. I could go on with other examples of zen, autumn, war, hope, despair…but there isn’t time.

Their ideas have made me take another look at some of the artwork and have led to a new appreciation of the Clyfford Still Museum. Plus, it has been wild to combine my two worlds of art history and evaluation.

Hot Tip: It’s okay to live in the moment and enjoy what you are observing. I know that as an evaluator, I am there to document certain aspects of the tour and the interaction between the students and gallery teachers. However, I have totally enjoyed listening to the kids during my observations. I’ve even gone back through the galleries at the end of a tour to take a new look at an old painting.

Rad Resource: For additional great modern and contemporary art when you’re in Denver (all are close to the Colorado Convention Center), visit Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Kirkland Museum and our great public art program, which includes mustangs, bears and brooms!

We’re thinking forward to October and the Evaluation 2014 annual conference all this week with our colleagues in the Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG). Registration will soon be open! 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 contribute to aea365? Review the contribution guidelines and send your draft post to aea365@eval.org.

Related posts:

  1. LAWG Week: Marley Steele-Inama on Collaboratively Building Evaluation Capacity
  2. LAWG Week: Antonio Olmos, Stephanie Fuentes, and Sheila Arens on Welcoming You to LAWG Week and Inviting You to Come to Evaluation 2014 in Denver this October
  3. Sheila B. Robinson on the Annual Call for Proposals – Evaluation 2014

Private sector - do good and make a profit

ODI general feed - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

New ODI research shows businesses are increasingly at the forefront of humanitarian response. But are they motivated by profit, public relations or the desire to do good – and does it matter?

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History of Humanitarianism in Africa

ODI general feed - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

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Call for abstracts – symposium on the history of humanitarianism in Africa

The symposium on the History of Humanitarianism in Africa, which forms a part of the Humanitarian Policy Group’s research project A global history of modern humanitarian action, aims to bring together different perspectives on the evolution of and influences on the concept and practice of humanitarianism on the African continent. The symposium is scheduled to be held in March 2015 in Africa (location to be determined), and will bring together academics, experts and practitioners in a discussion on how humanitarian action has been experienced and understood in various parts of Africa during the past century. It will aim to focus on what have been neglected African perspectives to allow for a greater understanding of how cultures of care and responsibility have been conceived and practiced in Africa.

HPG welcomes authors, preferably those based in Africa, to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by 15 August 2014 to hpgresearch@odi.org.uk. Authors of abstracts selected to proceed to full papers will be notified in September 2014.  

Abstracts should be submitted in English, French or Portuguese and should include an overview of the proposed topic and argument/angle presented, and basic author biography of no more than 100 words, including the author’s current affiliation/post.
Authors of selected papers will be asked to submit paper drafts (of no longer than 8,000 words) by 15 February 2015, and then present those drafts for discussion at the symposium in March 2015.  Travel costs will be reimbursed for those authors presenting their papers. 

Further details are provided here.

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Appel de résumés – le symposium sur l’histoire de l’humanitaire en Afrique

Le symposium sur l’histoire de l’humanitaire en Afrique, qui fait partie du projet de recherche L’histoire mondiale de l’action humanitaire moderne du Humanitarian Policy Group, vise à réunir différents points de vue sur l’évolution du concept et des pratiques humanitaires, ainsi que les influences de celles-ci sur le continent africain. Le symposium, qui se tiendra en mars 2015 (lieu à confirmer), rassemblera des chercheurs, spécialistes, et praticiens pour promouvoir un dialogue sur la manière dont l’action humanitaire a été observée et analysée dans diverses parties de l’Afrique au cours du siècle précédent. Ce dialogue mettra l’accent sur les perspectives africaines qui ont été négligées afin de permettre une meilleure compréhension de la manière dont les cultures de solidarité et de responsabilité ont étés conçues et mises en pratique en Afrique.

Cet appel de résumés invite des auteurs, de préférence résidant en Afrique, à soumettre un résumé de leur article, ne dépassant pas 300 mots, avant le 15 août 2014 par email à hpgresearch@odi.org.uk. Les auteurs sélectionnés pour fournir des articles complets seront avisés en septembre 2014.

Les propositions doivent être soumises en français, anglais ou portugais, et comprendre une synthèse portant sur le sujet proposé et l’argument ou l’angle présenté, ainsi qu’un bref curriculum vitae indiquant l’institution ou l’organisation auquel l’auteur est rattaché avec sa position. Les auteurs retenues seront appelés à soumettre leur article  (ne dépassant pas 8000 mots) avant le 15 février 2015 et à présenter au symposium en mars 2015. Les frais de voyage seront remboursés pour ceux invités à présenter.

Pour plus d'information, cliquez ici.

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Chamada de trabalhos – O simpósio sobre a história do humanitarismo na África

O simpósio sobre a história do humanitarismo na África, que faz parte do projeto de pesquisa A história global da acção humanitária moderna do Humanitarian Policy Group, pretende reunir diferentes perspectivas  da evolução e as influências sobre o conceito e as práticas do humanitarismo no continente Africano. Este será realizado em Março de 2015 (local a ser determinado) e reunirá acadêmicos, especialistas e profissionais em uma discussão sobre as formas em que a acção humanitária tem sido experimentada e compreendida em várias partes da África no século passado. Ele será focado em perspectivas africanas negligenciadas para fornecer uma melhor compreensão de como as culturas de cuidado e responsabilidade têm sido concebidas e implementadas na África.

Esta chamada de trabalhos convida autores, de preferência aqueles com sede na África, a submeter um resumo de não mais de 300 palavras até dia 15 de Agosto de 2014 por e-mail para hpgresearch@odi.org.uk. Os autores selecionados para avançar para trabalhos completos serão notificados em Setembro de 2014.

Os resumos devem ser apresentados em Português, Inglês, ou Francês, e devem também incluir uma visão geral do tópico proposto e do argumento/ângulo apresentado, além de uma biografia básica de não mais de 100 palavras indicando a filiação institucional ou a posição do autor. Os autores dos trabalhos selecionados serão convidados a apresentar os seus resumos (no máximo 8000 palavras) até 15 de Fevereiro de 2015 e a presentar esses projetos para discussão no simpósio em março 2015. As despesas de viagem serão reembolsadas para aqueles convidados a apresentar os rascunhos.

Veja aqui para detalhes.

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Centrally Managed Donor Funds and facilities to promote business engagement

ODI general feed - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
The potential benefit of engaging with business in order to achieve development objectives has long been recognised by donor organisations. One common response has been to launch initiatives managed centrally to promote business engagement – usually a fund or facility of some kind. This paper reviews a number of these centrally managed donor funds and facilities (CMDFFs), that are either currently existing or recently closed, and discusses their objectives and methods, as well as lessons learnt in relation to their implementation.
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Private sector - do good and make a profit

ODI general feed - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

New ODI research shows businesses are increasingly at the forefront of humanitarian response. But are they motivated by profit, public relations or the desire to do good – and does it matter?

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More and better jobs: Does everyone want the same?

ODI general feed - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
This paper reviews data from the My World global survey in five developing countries and the different priorities people have concerning their employment situation.
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Businesses and the future of humanitarian action

ODI general feed - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
​Businesses are increasingly at the forefront of humanitarian response. But are they motivated by profit, public relations or the desire to do good – and does it matter? This event will discuss how private companies have long supported – and continue to support – people during humanitarian crises in innovative ways.
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Advanced course on conflict, crisis and transitions - 2014

ODI general feed - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
​The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute and the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York are pleased to offer their fifth annual ‘Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions’. The week-long programme targeting mid-career and senior professionals will be held on the parkland campus of the University of York.
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Advanced course on conflict, crisis and transitions - 2014

ODI general feed - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
​The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute and the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York are pleased to offer their fifth annual ‘Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions’. The week-long programme targeting mid-career and senior professionals will be held on the parkland campus of the University of York.
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John Elkington interviewed on Classic FM South Africa

Volans - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:13
John Elkington was interviewed on Classic FM’s weekday business programme for a segment called Classic Polytonomy: New Forms of Capitalism. Listen for free here.
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LAWG Week: Mya Martin-Glenn & Lisa M. Jones on Evaluation in Public School Districts

American Evaluation Association 365 Blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 01:15

We are Mya Martin-Glenn and Lisa M. Jones, and we work in the Division of Accountability & Research at Aurora Public Schools in Colorado. We will be sharing how external evaluators can learn some of the nuances of requesting school data. We also will give you a few hot tips for attending the AEA conference in Denver this October.

Lesson Learned: Know the district policies as well as the federal laws governing student data sharing. There are specific federal laws and rules that govern student data sharing, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

FERPA protects student education records and COPPA requires online sites and services (such as Survey Monkey and others) to provide notice and obtain permission from a child’s parents (for kids 13 years and younger) before collecting personal information from that child.

Hot Tip: Talk with someone in the district prior to requesting student data even if the evaluation is being conducted as a requirement of a grant. See if there is a central research and evaluation division that oversees data sharing with external entities. Also, check with the state – often the data you need is readily available.

Lesson Learned: Be sure you understand data coding. School district personnel download student data from data management systems such as Infinite Campus (IC). Frequently, data are stored in these systems using programmatic codes specific to the school district. It often takes considerable time to download and “clean” the data file for distribution to external evaluators.

Hot Tip: Ask for a “data dictionary” to help with any coding that may be unfamiliar to you.

Rad Resources: Currently our district is working on revising the external data request process, but here are some examples of other school district requirements for collecting data in schools.

Hot Tips: AEA Annual Meeting in Denver

  • Drink plenty of water – Start a week or so before arriving in Denver so your body has a chance to acclimate to the altitude which can be dehydrating.
  • Wear sunscreen and lip balm – Even in October, the mile high city is closer to the sun.
  • Bring your walking shoes – There are a lot of fun places within walking distance of the conference hotels (as well as a Light Rail system)

o   Comedy Works, 1226 15th St.

o   Denver Performing Arts Complex, 950 13th St.

o   Mercury Café, 2199 California St.

o   Denver Microbrew Tour, Great Divide Brewing Company – 303-578-9548

o   Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th St, High tea is a lovely experienceor take a tour of the historic hotel

We’re thinking forward to October and the Evaluation 2014 annual conference all this week with our colleagues in the Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG). Registration will soon be open! 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 contribute to aea365? Review the contribution guidelines and send your draft post to aea365@eval.org.

Related posts:

  1. LAWG Week: Antonio Olmos, Stephanie Fuentes, and Sheila Arens on Welcoming You to LAWG Week and Inviting You to Come to Evaluation 2014 in Denver this October
  2. MNEA Week: Katherine Drake on Requesting Data from School Districts
  3. LAWG Week: Marley Steele-Inama on Collaboratively Building Evaluation Capacity

LGBT rights in Africa - time to act

ODI general feed - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:00
While gay rights are advancing in the world's richest countries, across much of Africa they are in retreat. Homosexuality is illegal in 36 of the region's 55 countries.
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The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?

ODI general feed - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:00
Distilling the 5,000+ pages of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on climate change into a more accessible format, CDKN and ODI have recently released a summary report highlighting the key findings of the IPCC for Africa.
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The effects of an HIV and AIDS project on migrants in Nepal, Bangladesh and India findings from a quasi-experimental study

ODI general feed - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:00
This briefing presents findings from the study of an HIV and AIDS project on migrants at source and destination sites in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.
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Migration, health and dignity in South Asia

ODI general feed - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:00
This briefing presents lessons from the EMPHASIS (Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV and AIDS Services, Information and Support) project on migration, women’s empowerment and HIV in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
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Does it matter if firms profit from disaster?

ODI general feed - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:00
Mobile network operators such as Digicel and Safaricom have long been eager to sign up refugees and those affected by disasters, often giving away handsets or phone credit to earn brand loyalty.
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An integrated approach to address mobile people’s vulnerability to HIV and migration EMPHASIS experiences in a nutshell

ODI general feed - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:00
This briefing presents the key messages and experiences from the five year EMPHASIS (Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV and AIDS Services, Information and Support) project in Bangladesh, Nepal and India.
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Humanitarian crises, emergency preparedness and response: the role of business and the private sector - Final report

ODI general feed - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:00
This report examines how the private sector is responding to emergencies and explores how for-profit ventures have helped people survive in humanitarian crises.
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