Learning and future action: conference evaluation

May 20, 2009

A summary of findings from the conference evaluation

76% of particpants who completed the evalaution questionnaire from the Power of In-between conference felt the conference met or exceeded their expectations.  Participants thought that in one way or another the conference had helped them to:

•    Debate and discuss the role of intermediaries: Helping to define, understand, broaden, clarify, value and explore the challenges relating to the role of the intermediary/research broker

“[My understanding of intermediary roles] has been blown up! There are horizontal roles, vertical roles, one-way, two-way, multi-way, 360°”

•    Share lessons and experiences with other intermediaries and learn from others:  Particularly in relation to gaining new ideas, comparing experiences and setting their work in a wider context.

“[There was] A sense of connection with other people facing the same issues.”

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Evaluating research brokers and intermediaries: What is success? And how do we measure it?

July 21, 2008

Identifying outcomes and impact, monitoring and information of research brokering and intermediation

Led by: Anna Downie , Strategic Learning Initiative, IDS

Anna Downie began the session by summarising what funders want – “to know how we’re reducing world poverty through our websites”. When it’s put like that, it’s clear what a task that actually is.

In a round of introductions, participants shared why they were particularly interested in M & E and the challenges they face. Challenges ranged from wanting to develop indicators and frameworks to wanting to justify your existence and evaluate without doing yourself out of a job! One thing everyone had in common was wanting to know what influence they had.

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