Trainings and Workshops
Learning from the Field: Case Studies in Sustainable Community Development- On April 13 Dr. Richard White, retired professor of Community Development at Portland State University, led a group of international development professionals through a collaborative session in which the group learned to develop and use case studies as a tool to depict a challenging situation requiring a decision with a human story. Dr. White also provided the participants the opportunity to work through a number of case studies. The presentation including the handouts is available here for download.
Diving Deeper in the Vast Sea of M&E- GlobalPDX members gathered together on March 9, 2018 for the opportunity to engage with International Public Health/WASH Development Consultant, Kay D. Mattson, MSW, MPH, on the how to’s of M&E focusing on the evaluation and assessment components. In addition, Health in Harmony's Program Director, Ashley Emerson, spoke about how the organization approaches M&E.
During the session, participants were introduced to the Goldilocks Toolkit which calls for the five types of monitoring data everyone should collect, regardless of their program. In addition, the presenters provided several qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting data and stressed the importance of sharing the results of project/program analysis publicly. Below is the PDF of their presentation:
Throughout the presentation, Kay and Ashley referred to numerous resources, all of which can be accessed here:
- Oregon Program Evaporators Network - https://oregoneval.org/
- Arammu -https://arammu.com
- World Bank Methods Guide for Participatory Assessments (this is focused on WASH - but can be related to other areas easily. The Pocket Voting methods is on page 40).
- Critical evaluation of international health programs: Reframing global health and evaluation (academic paper)
- DAC Criteria for Evaluating Development Assistance
- Focal Areas Relevant for Measuring Human Well-Being in the Conservation Context
Overcoming Administrative Challenges When Working in Multiple Countries- On Wednesday, July 26 GlobalPDX member blueEnergy hosted a workshop geared to small and medium nonprofits and start-up organizations who are struggling with questions of administration, process, and planning. There's much to learn from blueEnergy, who as a small organization, needed to adopt a robust and highly sophisticated administrative backend system in order to work in multiple countries across different languages conforming to compliance/reporting requirements, legal structures, accounting norms that varied significantly. They discussed the hurdles, tribulations, and pains they faced as they developed their approach to:
- CRM/Donor Management
- Accounting Platform
- Financial Reporting
- Organization and Management Structure
- Planning and Budgeting
You may view the presentation offered by Mathias Craig and Andrew Clark below:
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