The ECN will help those of us working in diverse ways to support the increased well being of children to build our toolboxes of strategies to more effectively mobilize knowledge.
How will it help to build evaluation capacity?
There is increasing demand from funders and the public for service providers to prove the impact and outcomes of their programs – this requires data, but it also requires thinking about what this data is telling us and how we can use it to make decisions based on evidence to amplify the impact of our work.
We often hear about “evidence-based practice” but exploring carefully what evidence matters and why; learning how to use it for different purposes; and, engaging our various stakeholders in the process is so important for a not-for profit working to support child and youth well-being.
How can the ECN benefit your own work?
A major priority for The MEHRIT Centre is building capacity for all levels of child and youth supporters and stakeholders. Building a common language understood by all practitioners, as well as re-framing “evaluation” from being an add-on piece at the end of the project to an integral and valuable component of all projects and service delivery, will allow organizations, like TMC, to ensure their actions are effective, and to adapt to changes in the landscape and their target population needs over time.
It Takes a Village to Build Evaluation Capacity!
What actions can organizations take towards building evaluation capacity? Btissam El Hassar, ECN trainee, share her thoughts.