Online networking event | Evidence-based practice: what’s next?

When: Wednesday 16 September 2020 4pm – 5.30pm AEST

Where: via Zoom

In a post COVID-19 world, budgets are tighter, grants and consultancies are (even) more competitive. The pressure to demonstrate ‘real-world impact’ and ‘reach’ is at odds with real-life time pressures and budget lines.

In policy, the Partnerships for Recovery is committed to “monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adaptation (MERLA),” but what does that actually mean?

Join the International Development Contractors Community (IDCC Australia) and the Research for Development Impact Network (RDI Network) as we host an interactive networking event on Zoom to address ‘the new normal’ and grapple with how independent consultants, contractors, and practitioners can time-efficiently deliver evidence-based practice, and communicate research (and M&E findings) more effectively.

Hear from a panel of thought leaders and experts offering diverse experiences and ideas for moving forwards, including: 

  • Lavinia Tyrrel, Practice Manager and Deputy Technical Lead, Governance and Development Practice from Abt Associates addressing the ‘Learning & Adaptation’ category in Monitoring, Evaulation, Research, Learning and Adaption (MERLA).
  • Sahar Mohy-Ud-Din, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and Managing Director of RADAF: Research and Development Africa on communicating research and evaluation impact effectively.
  • Whitney Yip, RDI Network Communication Coordinator on acknowledging the knowledge and skills gap in research communication, uptake and use in the sector.
  • David Goodwins, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and independent consultant on the use and integration of mixed methods for efficient and cost-effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
  • Host & MC: Dr. Bernadette Whitelum, Chief Executive Officer & Director of the Whitelum Group.

Please come prepared to ask questions, share ideas, learn and build your networks. Via Zoom, we will hear from panelists, have opportunities to ask questions, participate in group brainstorming activities and small, structured group work. To facilitate further networking after the event, guests will receive a list of attendees who have expressed interest in chatting further. 

Please download the flyer here. 

The event is free to attend and is limited to 40 attendees. Open to academics, students, NGO staff, private sector practitioners and consultants working in international development. 

Book here.

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