Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I did a presentation on some ideas I have to define and measure learners' 21st Century Skills in the context of the ICT4RED project. I currently have more questions than answers, but I'm sure we will get there soon. Here is a link to a summary table comparing different Definitions of 21st Century Skills.
Other presentations I really enjoyed was
* Barbara Dale Jones on the role of Bridge and learning communities and knowledge management
* Fiona Wallace, on the CoZaCares model of ICT intervention
* John Thole on Edunova's programme to train and deploy youth to support ICT implementation in Schools
* Siobhan Thatcher from Edunova's presentation on Edunova's model for deploying Learning Centres in support of Schools
* Brett Simpson from Breadbin Interactive on the learning they've done on the deployment of their content repository.
*Ben Bredenkamp from Pendula ICT talking about their model for ICt integration and experience of the One Laptop per Child project in South Africa.
* Dylan Busa from Mindset speaking about the relaunch of their website content.
* Merryl Ford and Maggie Verster talking about the ICT4RED project
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Impact Evaluation Guidance Note and Webinar SeriesWith financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation, InterAction developed a four-part series of guidance notes and webinars on impact evaluation. The purpose of the series is to build the capacity of NGOs (and others) to demonstrate effectiveness by increasing their understanding of and ability to conduct high quality impact evaluation.
The four guidance notes in the series are:
Each guidance note is accompanied by two webinars. In the first webinar, the authors present an overview of their note. In the second webinar, two organizations - typically NGOs - present on their experiences with different aspects of impact evaluation. In addition, each guidance note has been translated into several languages, including Spanish and French. Webinar recordings, presentation slides and the translated versions of each note are provided on the website.
- Introduction to Impact Evaluation, by Patricia Rogers, Professor in Public Sector Evaluation, RMIT University
- Linking Monitoring & Evaluation to Impact Evaluation, by Burt Perrin, Independent Consultant
- Introduction to Mixed Methods in Impact Evaluation, by Michael Bamberger, Independent Consultant
- Use of Impact Evaluation Results, by David Bonbright, Chief Executive, Keystone Accountability
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
This post consolidates a list of impact evaluation resources that I usually refer to when I am asked about impact evaluations.
cute video explains the factors that distinguishes impact evaluation from other kinds of evaluation, in two minutes. Of course randomization isn't the only way of credibly attributing causes and effects - and this is a particularly hot evaluation methodology debate. For an example of why this is sometimes an irrelevant debate - see this write up on parachutes and Chris Lysy's cartoons on the topic.
The Impact Evaluation debate flared up after this report, titled "When will we ever learn" was released in 2006. In the States there also was a prominent funding mechanism which required programmes to include experimental evaluation methods in their design, or not get funding (from about 2003 or so).
The methods debate in Evaluation is really an old debate. Some really prominent evaluators decided to leave the AEA because they embarked on a position that they equated with "The flat earth movement" in geography. Here is a nice overview article, (The 2004 Claremont Debate: Lipsey vs. Scriven. DeterminingCausality in Program Evaluation and Applied Research: Should ExperimentalEvidence Be the Gold Standard?) to summarise some of it.
The South African Department for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation's guideline on Impact Evaluation is also relevant if you are interested in work in the South African Context.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
I just wanted to ask a quick question. Do I need to get permission from the relevant Provincial Department of Education to carry out research in schools if the schools are part of a project we’re running? In other words, the district is aware of us and probably interacting with us?
Of course approval by the Province and Research Ethics Boards are still not all that you need to do to ensure that you conduct your work ethically - Some fields (E.g. Marketing Research - see the ESOMAR guidelines), have guidelines about ethics... so it would be good to study these and make sure your practice remains above board.
And then this, of course, is also true:
Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
In a previous blogpost I reflected on how African values shape my practice of Evaluation.
This week I attended a seminar during which Gertjan Van Stam shared some provocative views on development in Africa. I started reading his book 'Placemark'. I love the way he gives voice to rural Africa. I find it interesting that this Dutch Engineer manages to give voice to Africa in a way that I can relate with.
His beautifully written take on Ubuntu:
I am, because You are
Is it possible that people in rural areas of Africa can connect with people in urban areas around the world?
That one can walk into a scene and meet someone who walks into the same scene, even if it is geographically separated?
That we explore and connect rural and urban worlds worldwide without anyone being forced into cultural suicide?
That we meet around the globe and relate, embrace, love, and build meaningful relationships?
That we find ways to be of significance and support to each other and together shuffle poverty and disease into the abyss?
That we encourage each other to withstand drunkenness and drugs, bullying, self harm, and greed?
That we share spiritual nutrition to deal with wealth, loss, alienation and pain in this generation?
That we unite through social networks, overcoming divides and separations?
That we share ancient, tested, and new resources, opportunities, visions, and dreams that lead to knowledge, understanding and wisdom?
That we collaborate to discuss, and engineer tools, taking into account the integral health of all systems?
That together, South and North, build capacity, mutual accountability, and progress, for justice and fairness?
That I am, because You are?