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2013 SUMMER SYMPOSIUM SERIES

PSRT Centre is proud to introduce the 2013 Summer Symposium Series, a sequence of highly informative presentations, discussions and creative brainstorming sessions covering topical issues aimed at enhancing the efficiency ad effectiveness of development initiatives.

This year’s series offers a platform for learning and knowledge sharing amongst development practitioners (Project Managers, M&E Managers, and Directors etc), professional consultants, academics and donors with an interest in Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and (M&E) and ICT for Development (ICT4D).

Running under the theme “Optimising efficiency and effectiveness through Project Management and ICT”, each symposium will have a key note presentation from an expert in the field/topic and sessions will be led by highly experienced facilitators.

SYMPOSIUM DETAILS

SSS S1: MEASURING AND IMPROVING PROGRAMME EFFICIENCY

DATE: TBA

This symposium explores the concept of efficiency in development programmes. Focus is placed on the application of approaches and tools for the measurement of efficiency during routine monitoring and in an evaluation setting whilst makingreference to specific case studies. The discussions provide the framework for brainstorming and sharing of experiences on measures that can be instituted to enhance efficiency in projects. The topic has shown great relevanceto practitioners and consultants who in most cases are faced with the difficult task of determining and making recommendations around the cost effectiveness and/or the value for money (VfM) of interventions during evaluations and system strengthening efforts.

S2: EMPIRICAL APPROACHES TO OUTCOME AND IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

DATE: TBA

The global transition towards results based management has called for a more focused attention on the use of empirical approaches in measuring these results to provide the most accurate, credible and unbiased picture of the situation or performance. The measurement of the higher-level results of the results chain (outcomes and impact) has proved to be a challenge to programmers, researchers and funders in most cases. This symposium brings a fusion of sound techniques in academic research, operations research and M&E to define a set of “must have” tools and approaches for outcome and impact assessments.

S3: OUCTOME MEASUREMENT FOR GENDER AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES

DATE: TBA

This symposium places focus on applying the principles of measuring outcomes and impact to the Gender and Women’s Empowerment initiatives. This area has successfully been embraced and mainstreamed in most development programmes. A key gap has, however, continued to exist in determining whether the envisaged results from various gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment initiatives have been realised. Several milestones have been noted in applying qualitative tools and innovative quantitative measures such as the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) to provide credible findings of change. This symposium provides space to deliberate on these tools, approaches and how they blend with existing empowerment frameworks currently in use in development programmes.

S4: APPLYING ICT4D IN PROGRAMMING

DATE: TBA

ICT has positioned itself at the very core of business, organisational development and performance. Efforts to ensure that interventions are ever more relevant, efficient and effective would be limited in the absence of the consideration and application of ICT.  Experts come together in this one-day symposium to showcase the various ICT tools that organisations, practitioners and consultants can adopt in project management, data management, reporting and communication. Of special note is the use of Gantt Charts in planning, Smart Phones for data collection, cost effective database and data analysis software packages (e.g Epi Info), Geo-Information Sciences (GIS)/Mapping and use of social media. A combination of presentations with demonstrations, discussions and case study displays will allow for the identification of relevant ICT4D tools to suit our needs.

S5: COMMUNICATING AND REPORTING PEFORMANCE

DATE: TBA

This symposium is about how to enhance communication and reporting of monitoring and evaluation evidence. It places these important tasks of M&E in the context of organisational learning and allows for objective dissemination of findings as guided by results frameworks. The sessions are technique oriented focusing on the intricate fusion of reporting templates, communication skills and understanding of the users of information.  Participants will explore various communication and reporting tools and when to best apply these.

REGISTRATION OPENS 15 September 2013

  • Specific dates for the symposiums and line-up of Key Speakers and Moderators will be communicated by the 15th of September
  • Visit our website: www.psrtcentre.org for online registration or contact Thenjiwe, 2013 Summer Symposium Series Coordinator on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0773264332
  • Symposium Fees are $120 per person per Symposium.
  • Fees include teas, lunches and conference material (CD, Handbook)
  • Full series attendance  - awarded a 2013 SSS Certificate of attendance
  • Enjoy a DISCOUNT for:

a)    Full Series Payment - $450.00 per person

b)    Early Bird (2 Weeks Before Symposium Date) - 10% off Fees

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:40

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