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A BetterEvaluation seminar presented by Ricardo RamÃrez and Dal Brodhead, Canada.
There is increasing recognition that developing evaluation capacity requires more than just offering training courses including technical assistance, mentoring and supporting networks of practice. This seminar will share experiences and lessons learned from the DECI project (Developing Evaluation Capacity in ICTD – Information and Communication Technology for Development) – a 2 year project funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre which provided technical assistance, training and mentoring in the use of the Utilization-Focused Evaluation approach. The UFE Primer summarizes the learning and profiles examples from five evaluations completed in Asia with research partners in the field of ICTD.
The seminar will also discuss the design and progress of DECI-2, the second phase of the project, which integrates mentoring in both UFE and Research Communication. The presenters will share their approach to mentoring and capacity development, and the use of action research to guide the process. They will relate our work to June Lenne and Jo Tacchi’s recent book Evaluating Communication for Development: A framework for social change (Lennie & Tacchi, 2012).
- researchers and practitioners of evaluation, especially participatory approaches
- researchers and practitioners of communication for development
- researchers and practitioners in research communication, knowledge mobilization, knowledge translation, research to policy (a meeting of disciplines also known as K*)
- research funders and research project managers
- researchers and practitioners of interdisciplinary work
Ricardo Ramírez is an independent researcher and consultant based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His consulting and research work includes communication planning, participatory evaluation and capacity development. Ricardo began his career in agricultural sciences that he followed with demonstration farm projects in South America. He switched to the field of adult education and community development. His doctoral work focused on how rural and remote communities harness information and communication technology. He has worked with the Communication for Development group at FAO, Rome, with non-governmental organizations, and with consulting firms. For two years he was professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph where remains as adjunct. Together with Wendy Quarry they published the book Communication for another development: Listening before telling (Zed Books, London 2009) .
Dal Brodhead has variously been an activist community development worker, senior manager in the Federal Government and for the last 25 years has operated a consulting firm based in Ottawa. The focus of his work has been on community- driven approaches to marginalization and poverty alleviation. His participatory approach has drawn him into developmental evaluation work in Canada and abroad in Asia, Africa, and recently South America. He worked as the overall project manager of a large micro-credit project in the early 1990's in Bangladesh and has continued to balance his interest in community focused international development with active involvement in Canadian urban and rural anti- poverty work. In Canada, his firm, the New Economy Development Group has had extensive involvement with First Nations, Aboriginal and Inuit communities.