For those readers interested in humanitarian assessment and evaluation, this webinar that I am co-hosting may be of interest:
Webinar – Humanitarian Standards – too much of a good thing? on Feb 28, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
Are you interested in driving up the quality and accountability of humanitarian action? The Joint Standards Initiative (JSI) is an exciting collaboration between HAP International, the Sphere Project and People In Aid to work out how to improve standards coherence and in turn to improve the quality of humanitarian programmes. This webinar is part of a series of stakeholder consultation events to hear the humanitarian communities views on the use, utility and relevance of humanitarian standards. John Cosgrave will present highlights from two related papers he has written for JSI on this subject and Robert Schofield (JSI Coordinator) and Glenn O’Neil (JSI Consultant) will facilitate a discussion with webinar participants.
Register here for the webinar:
Download John Cosgrave’s thinkpiece (pdf): Humanitarian Standards – too much of a good thing?
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Visualising Information for Advocacy(pdf): An Introduction to Information Design is a manual aimed at helping NGOs and advocates strengthen their campaigns and projects through communicating vital information with greater impact. This project aims to raise awareness, introduce concepts, and promote good practice in information design – a powerful tool for advocacy, outreach, research, organisation and education. Through examples, the booklet demonstrates how to use innovative visual graphics to tell a complex and powerful story in a snapshot.
The US-based Innovation Network has published a very interesting study on the State of Evaluation in US non-profit organisations.
The study, based on a survey of some 550 non-profits in the US produced some interesting findings, including the headline above, which is admittedly the more pessimistic of the following:
- 90% of organizations report evaluating their work (up from 85% in 2010)
- 100% (!) of organizations reported using and communicating their evaluation findings
- Budgeting for evaluation is still low. More than 70% of organizations are spending less than 5% of organizational budgets on evaluation
- On average, evaluation-and its close relation, research, continue to be the lowest priorities (compared to fundraising, financial management, communications, etc.)
I find it incredible that 100% report using and communicating their evaluations – If only this would be “significant” usage then we would all be happy…