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2006 IMPACT CONFERENCE

Conference Program

Friday, May 19th 2006

 

8:30 – 8:45a.m. WELCOME
Lynn Fritz
Director General, Fritz Institute, San Francisco

Conference Goals and Objectives
Anisya Thomas

Managing Director, Fritz Institute, San Francisco

Questions to think about:

  1. What is impact evaluation?
  2. Why do we evaluate impact?
  3. What do we need to do it well?
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. INTRODUCTIONS BY PARTICIPANTS
Moderator - Anisya Thomas

Participants are invited to come ready to introduce themselves by addressing the following question:

  • In your experience, what is the most frustrating or challenging aspect of assessing impact?

 

9:30 - 11:00a.m. LESSONS FROM THE TSUNAMI: CASE STUDIES IN IMPACT EVALUATION

1.  The tsunami Evaluation Coalition: What Worked and What Did Not?
Susanne Frueh

Chief, Evaluation and Studies Unit
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 

2. Beneficiary Perceptions of Aid Effectiveness: A Quantitative Study Across Organizations, Countries and Time
Anisya Thomas
Managing Director Fritz Institute 

3. Lessons from the Field: An Agency Perspective
Peter Medway
Director, International Operations International Medical Corps 

Discussion Questions: In this disaster when resource constraints were not an issue, what did we learn about impact measurement? What did we fail to learn? What did we assess? What did we fail to assess? 

11:10a.m.–12:30p.m. LET’S BE HONEST ABOUT IMPACT EVALUATIONS:
A DISCUSSION

Discussion Leaders
Peter Walker
Director, Feinstein International Famine Center
Tufts University 

Niels Dabelstein
Head, Evaluation Department
Danish International Development Agency

Discussion Questions: What is it we persistently ignore? How do we balance accountability to donors with accountability to beneficiaries? Do we sanitize impact evaluations?  Can agencies really measure themselves? How long can we afford not to have ‘real’ information about what worked and what did not?  Can evaluation information be used to improve institutions?

1:30 – 3:00p.m. TOOLS AND APPROACHES TO IMPACT EVALUATION 

1.  The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAPI)
Nick Stockton
International Director
HAPI

2.  The SMART Initiative
Nancy Mock
Director, Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance,
Tulane University

3.  The Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project Accountability and Impact Measurement Initiative
Jock Baker
Coordinator for Quality, Accountability & Standards
CARE

4.  Standardizing Program Impact Evaluations
P. Gregg Greenough
Research Director
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
(HHI has worked with Fritz Institute and the Kenya Red Cross Society to develop a standardized tool for measuring the impact of HIV/AIDS programs. Dr. Greenough described the draft tool and the development process)

Discussion Questions: Standardization, third party evaluations and quantitative methodologies are all ways to establish evidence of impact. Are there ways to collaborate further and develop a rigorous evidence base for the sector? How do we get stakeholders to pay attention?

3:15 – 3:30p.m. THE DONOR PERSPECTIVE

Per Byman
Head, Division for Humanitarian Assistance
Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency

3:30 - 4:15p.m. ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF DISASTER FUNDING AT THE WORLD BANK: A THREE-YEAR JOURNEY THROUGH TWENTY YEARS OF PROJECTS

Ron Parker
Lead Evaluation Officer, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank

Discussion Questions: Are agencies using the data they are collecting to learn lessons? Can they afford to? Once lessons are identified how can we institutionalize them?

6:00 – 9:00p.m. Dinner for all conference participants hosted by Fritz Institute 

Saturday, May 20th 2006

 

8:30 – 10:00a.m. IMPACT EVALUATIONS: THE WAY FORWARD

1.  Building Back Better and the tsunami Recovery Process
Robert Piper
Chief of Staff
Office of the Special Envoy for tsunami Recovery
United Nations

2.  The New African Partnership for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (NEPARC): Linking Organizational Capacity with Program Impact
Shimelis Adugna
President
Ethiopian Red Cross Society

Winnie Ngugi
Program Manager, NEPARC
Deputy Director for Africa
Fritz Institute

Discussion Questions: Are we serious about building evidence of impact? About capacity for impact evaluation in the South? How do we reach consensus about what ‘success’ means?

10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. NEXT STEPS & CONCLUSIONS

Whole Group Discussion

12:00p.m. Tour of the Winery

2006 Conference
Proceedings

Appendix B
Participants

 
 
 
 
Around the world over 800 million people go hungry every single day.
The unique structure and setting of the Humanitarian Impact Conference differentiated it from conventional conferences and I believe this was conducive both to a more open flow of views and ideas and to promoting a strong network for the future.
- Stefan Dahlgren,
Head, Evaluation Department
SIDA
 
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