“Impact 2.0: Collaborative technologies connecting research and policy”

“Impact 2.0: Collaborative technologies connecting research and policy” is a two-year research project that seeks to develop a body of knowledge about the use of Web 2.0 in policy-oriented research and design in Latin America and to identify, document and promote good practices and emerging opportunities related to the use of collaborative technologies for linking research to policy.

In order to achieve this goal Impact 2.0 has two components. The first involves three pilot projects that seek to combine to combine current theory on the relationship between research, policy and advocacy with advances in Web 2.0/Social networking technologies and practices. The second is a fund to support research into the use of Web 2.0 tools and behaviours to link research and policy.

The research fund will consider two types of proposals: Type 1 projects will involve both implementing a specific intervention using Web 2.0 to link policy and analyzing, documentating and evaluating the intervention while Type 2 projects will document and evaluate one or more current or recent projects making use of Web 2.0 to link policy and research. A maximum of US$15,000 is available for Type 1 projects and US$7,500 for Type 2.

Independent researchers and organisations (universities, government agencies, NGOs, research centres) are invited to apply. Applicants must reside in Latin America and the projects to be performed and analyzed must also be located in and relevant to the region.

Full details are available in the attached CFPs or in Spanish at http://impacto2.comunica.org and in English at http://impacto2.comunica.org/?page_id=23

Impacto 2.0 is a project of Fundaci�n Comunica, with the financial support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the participation of APC, DIRSI, PRODIC of the University of the Republic of Uruguay and CIESPAL.


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trainings in Evaluation of Humanitarian Action

Date: 14-16 June, 2010 and 17-18 June, 2010
Venue: near Brussels

Evaluation of Humanitarian Action with ALNAP (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action)

14-16 June, 2010

This course is an introductory-to- intermediate level course and has the overall aim of making evaluations of humanitarian action more effective in contributing to the improved performance of interventions and to improve the quality of the evaluation process. This 3-day training course is based on an update of the ALNAP training modules. The course will also introduce some new material, specifically:

  • on joint evaluations: the rationale, experience and learning to date, interwoven throughout the training programme
  • on evaluating policy as well as projects and programmes
  • on innovative learning processes as part of the evaluation process.

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The Implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness: Where do We Stand and How to Move Forward?

Date: 15th -16th April 2010
Venue: Martin’s Central Park Hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne 80, Brussels:

The Paris Declaration (PD), adopted in 2005, lays down principles and procedures for enhancing the effectiveness of aid and specifies them in twelve targets supplied with monitorable indicators and to be achieved by 2010. The quantitative assessment by the OECD of the progress towards 2010 reveals considerable delays of donors and partner countries. With the global economic crisis and growing concern about climate change the targets of the PD have become a great challenge.

EADI in cooperation with the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) will hold a 2 days intensive training workshop in Brussels for development professionals and practitioners. This training workshop is part of the EADI Masterclasses. Continue reading “The Implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness: Where do We Stand and How to Move Forward?”

NETWORKING: CURRENT MODALITIES AND FUTURE SCENARIOS

Final Report, October 2007, Hanne Lund Madsen, h.lund.madsen@email.dk

For The Danish Child & Youth NGO Network, The Danish NGO Education Network, Thematic Forum, Gendernet, Aidsnet

The overall aim of this study is to:

  • Provide a solid basis for discussion of the future perspectives for NGO Networks including a synthesis and analysis of experiences regarding NGO networks in Denmark and aboard
  • Discuss the networking concept on the basis of the study and create a framework for common positioning and decision among Danish NGO Networks regarding possible scenario for future networking cooperation.

A Reference Group appointed by the Networks involved has been engaged in the study and has provided input and reflection during the process, including participation in a mini-scenario workshop. Continue reading “NETWORKING: CURRENT MODALITIES AND FUTURE SCENARIOS”

International Development Evaluation: Foundations and Practices

Date: 5 – 9 July 2010 (5 full days)
Venue: King’s College London

Course Director: Robert Picciotto, Visiting Professor, King’s College London

International development evaluation is increasingly called upon to support evidence based policy making in the management of development programmes. Growing public pressure to secure better results from poverty reduction initiatives have generated a high demand for quality and independent assessments aimed at improved decision making in different countries, contexts and cultures. Consequently, expectations regarding evaluators’ capabilities are rising.

This summer institute course explores core concepts and emerging issues within the rapidly expanding field of development evaluation. It aims at laying solid foundations for the professional growth of development evaluators, managers and commissioners. It addresses:
– The conceptual foundations and basic principles of development evaluation; its purposes, products and uses
– The analytical and policy implications of development trends for evaluation policies, programmes and projects
– The available tool kits of evaluation methods and techniques
– The emerging guidelines and standards for shaping development evaluation policies and practice
– The governance and management arrangements for development evaluation and their implications

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VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ON METHODOLOGY IN PROGRAMME EVALUATION

7th to 9th April, 2010Date:
Venue: Internet

Overall Conference Theme

International Trends in Programme Evaluation Methodology.

Conference Aims

The School of Human and Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) aims to bring together contributions from programme evaluation theorists and practitioners working in both developed and developing country contexts.

The virtual conference focuses on the following general areas as relevant to the development of common approaches to programme evaluation internationally:

  • Theory and paradigms of programme evaluation
  • Programme evaluation methodology
  • Teaching, training and instruction in programme evaluation
  • Applications of programme evaluation theory and models, and the practice of programme evaluation.

Ways of Participation

The conference is a virtual conference, hosted on the internet. It focuses on contributions in electronic format of three kinds:
* Papers on programme evaluation theory and/or methodology. These should be written and presented in such a way as to be useful to others on both conceptual and/or methodological levels.
* Workshop materials in the form of PowerPoint presentations supported by written handouts. These should be written and presented in such a way as to be useful to others who teach programme evaluation, for teaching, training and/or instructional purposes.
* Short case studies of completed evaluations. These should be written and presented in such a way as to be useful to others in documenting applications and the practice of programme evaluation, as applied in specific local, national or international contexts.

To participate in the conference, draft contributions and abstracts relative to these three types of contribution need to be uploaded to the conference website between April 7th and 9th, 2010.

Information on deadlines relative to the timing of different stages in the conference upload and reviewing process is provided below. Additional information, instructions for authors and reviewers, and templates, are provided on the conference website at the following address: http://wpeg.wits.ac.za

Fit for the Future Conference: Measuring Impact, Communicating Results

Fit for the Future Conference: Measuring Impact, Communicating Results,
Date: 28 April 2010
Venue: London.
Find out more and book here: http://www.charitycomms.org.uk/measuring_impact

It’s not enough for charity communicators to simply tell the world about the great work their organisation does. Today charities are expected to demonstrate their impact. Knowing how well your charity performs will help it to improve, develop, inspire and influence the right people. Join us at this one day conference to learn about the nuts and bolts of measuring and communicating impact.

On the agenda:

* Practical guides on how to measure impact
* ‘How we did it’ case studies from other charities including The National Trust, RNID, and WRVS
* Advice on bringing results information to life
* Learn how to attach financial value to your impact using SROI
* Hear from City Bridge Trust’s Chief Grants Officer on what results information they look for in grant applications
* NCVO explores how to effectively evaluate campaigns

2010 ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATORS NETWORKING FORUM

Environmental Evaluation: Quality in an Era of Results-Based Performance
Date: June 7-8, 2010
Venue: Washington, D.C.

The Environmental Evaluators Network (EEN) will host its 5th annual Forum in Washington DC at The George Washington University on June 7,8 2010. The purpose of the EEN is to advance the field of environmental program and policy evaluation through more systematic and collective learning among evaluators and evaluation users. The 5th annual EEN Forum will bring together evaluators and users of evaluation to explore and articulate the significance of the emerging era of results-based performance on the quality of environmental evaluations.

The Issue:

Growing awareness of the interdependencies of our social, economic, and ecological systems requires more efficient use of scarce resources to evaluate complex problems. In this heightened era of accountability, recipients and funders of environmental programs want evidence of what works, and what does not, and better mechanisms for using real time information for decision-making. How will the era of results-based performance affect the quality of environmental evaluations? What must be done to improve the quality of environmental evaluations to meet the requirements and desire for better and more accessible evidence of program and policy effectiveness? Continue reading “2010 ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATORS NETWORKING FORUM”

European Evaluation Society Conference – Evaluation in the Public Interest – Participation, Politics and Policy

Date: 6-8 October 2010
Venue: Prague, Czech Republic

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the EES Board of Directors we are pleased to announce that the next EES biennial conference will take place in Prague, Czech Republic on 6-8 October 2010, preceded by professional development training sessions on October 4-5. We have launched a new website www.ees2010prague.org where you can find all useful information in regards to the conference. The website will be regularly updated, for newest information please visit section Home – News.

Please find attached a Call for abstract brochure with all information regarding the abstract submission and programme strands.
We want to encourage a wide range of contributions to the conference. Therefore we offer different types of presentation formats, which should be indicated while submitting your abstract. All abstracts are welcome and the best ones are likely to be published or otherwise disseminated by EES. But in addition participants can make use of a wide spectrum of possibilities (panels and symposia, round tables, posters, etc). We also invite creative and original vehicles using the performing arts, film, music, etc.

The Conference topic „Evaluation in the Public Interest – Participation, Politics and Policy“  will be discussed in five strands you are welcome to submit the proposals. Submission strands are:

1.    Ethics, capabilities and transparency
2.    Evaluation and politics
3.    Evaluation producers, beneficiaries, users and decision makers
4.    Sector policy evaluation
5.    Evaluation in developing and transition economies

Please note the overarching theme “methodology, standards, impact and effects”.
As we would like to welcome as many presenters and attendees at this conference as possible, we need your assistance! So kindly pass on this mail to your colleagues and associates and encourage them to arrange for a contributio.

The Conference administration is undertaken by:

CZECH-IN s.r.o.
Professional Event & Congress Organiser
Prague Congress Centre
5. kvetna 65
140 21 Prague 4
Czech Republic

In case of any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at:

Tel: +420 261 174 304
Fax: +420 261 174 307
Email: info@ees2010prague.org, abstracts@ees2010prague.org

Abstract submission is to be open at 18 February 2010

Registration is to be open at 18 February 2010

For more information please visit www.ees2010prague.org

Thank you very much
Looking forward to welcoming you in Prague in October 2010

Conference Secretariat and EES Conference co-chairs Marie Kaufmann & Claudine Voyadzis

The 2010 International Program for Development Evaluation Training

Date: June 7, 2010 to July 2, 2010
Venue: Ottawa, Canada

“Information on the 2010 International Program for Development Evaluation Training is now available at www.ipdet.org and on-line registration is open.

This year marks IPDET’s tenth-year anniversary and we are very excited by the way this year’s program is taking shape. Once again this year, the Core program will offer eighty hours of instruction and learning in the fundamentals of development evaluation. Participants will also have more than 25 workshops to choose from in the two weeks that follow the Core, including several dynamic new workshops that will be of interest to you and your organization: Continue reading “The 2010 International Program for Development Evaluation Training”