This is the summary of conversation between Sana and Ricardo as part of the pre-workshop interaction. The responses depict views on issues related to evaluation of ICTs.

What constitutes credible evaluation and acceptable evidence in your context?

If you can evaluate your project objectives that would be credible evaluation in our context. We would want that to happen. Evidence? We are developing software in local language, deploying it in user communities, training end user communities, so at the end of the day if the end user can use the software, make use of the training provided, that would be an accomplishment and acceptable evidence for our project evaluation. We also want to build capacity our own project teams for the develeopment of local language software. Have teams with expertise to use the software, hold trainings, and the end users are empowered to access info in the web in their own languages would also be acceptable evidence for evaluation purpose.

How do you currently do M&E? What methods, approaches, etc. are you required / do you choose to use?

For the current Phase II of our project we are using OM for M&E. Also integrating GEM into the OM framework. How to do that will be of interest.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the way you currently do M&E?

Not sure if can comment yet, the combination is new. OM is very holistic, we think it is very powerful tool for M&E to gauge the behavioral change. Weakness to be known: later OM never been used in tech projects, nor has GEM been combined. One weakness: OM does not give hard and fast how to steps, not very explicit yet. And GEM: need to really make gender analysis more explicit and guided in theory so that it could be of more help to practitioners in adapting it in their own context.

How familiar you are with the following evaluation approaches?

GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology)

I have attended workshops and I am using parts of it.

What experience have you had in gender evaluation and gender training?


What experience have you had in gender evaluation and gender training?

We work at regional level, and have teams. And have done GEM with/for teams; constantly commenting on their reports. So she has this as an initial experience.

OM (Outcome Mapping)

I have attended workshops and use parts of it.

How would you differentiate between outputs and outcomes?

Outputs are more direct, cause-effect. In Phase I of the project, we focused on Outputs. Outcomes are about behaviour changes or changes that may also be implicit.

MSC (Most Significant Change)
Have heard about it.

Other approaches

What other approaches do you use?

We do not do any other in particular. But we track progress of projects through progress reports. In Phase I we evaluated on the basis of work reported. This time, with more attention on behaviour change.

How much attention do you want us to give to LogFrames?

Provide review and reference materials. I would like to see more, as it is a challenge with OM and it is a point of reference.

How much attention do you want us to give to ICT indicators?

It can be ignored during the workshop, I know enough about it and I feel confident on this.

Preference for the reference materials to take home:
Both hard copies and electronic. CD will be best, but IDRC will send stuff by post, printed materials would be nice as well.

Provide your three main expectations for this workshop.

  1. To be able to know what other people are doing in OM and GEM context, practical and problems arising.
  2. To learn about the expectations by IDRC regarding M&E of projects.

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