Dr. Leonard Ndeki, Jhpiego, tells us about his experience partnering with MEASURE Evaluation and using maps to improve service delivery.
From June 7-21, 2014, Brown University (in Providence, RI, USA) will host an international residential institute designed to enhance the scholarship, research, methodological skills, training, and networks of early-career social scientists from less developed countries. Participants will receive tailored feedback on their research ideas and will meet and interact with more than 20 of the world’s leaders in population and development studies over the course of the 2-week institute. In addition to providing cutting-edge and personalized training, this institute aims to help foster collaborations between the Global North and Global South, as well as among scholars from different developing regions across the world.
The theme of the institute is Population and Development: New Approaches to Enduring Global Problems. With the world’s population officially surpassing 7 billion, this institute will address the crucial and interlinked issues of population and development, particularly as they affect people in the Global South. What are the most significant population issues in the 21st century? How do population dynamics and the policies designed to address them contribute to or detract from equitable development? How can theories and methods in the social sciences contribute to understanding the relationship between population and development, and how can this scholarship contribute to better policies and programs? Participants will engage with cutting-edge theory, innovative and tested research methods, and first-rate scholarship upon which to build their own research programs.
Review of applications begins December 16, 2013.
To apply for BIARI 2014, please visit the BIARI web site.
This Institute is part of Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes initiative (BIARI), which brings together young faculty and professionals from around the world to address pressing global issues through innovative research and pedagogy. Thanks to generous support from Santander Universities, all the costs of tuition, food and accommodation (in university housing) during BIARI, will be paid by the institute.
A USAID IMPACT Blog post during the 16 Days Against Gender Violence campaign focused on new evidence on child marriage (CM) prevention in Ethiopia. The post featured a recent MEASURE Evaluation study on the association of communication exposure and social influence on knowledge and attitudes about CM among parents and guardians in Amhara Region, Ethiopia.
An excerpt from the blog post describes some of the study’s findings:
Results from Gage’s study show that almost all parents were exposed to CM prevention messages from 1-2 communication channels. Social influence was important to parents. Parents who believed their communities disapproved of CM were more likely to believe that marriage before age 18 was too early and that their daughters had the right to choose their own partner. By addressing parental attitudes and perceptions, programs can change social norms around child marriage. .
State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?
Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities—from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets—but with so much labeled as “sustainable,” the term has become essentially sustainababble, at best indicating a practice or product slightly less damaging than the conventional alternative. Is it time to abandon the concept altogether, or can we find an accurate way to measure sustainability? If so, how can we achieve it? And if not, how can we best prepare for the coming ecological decline?
In the latest edition of Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World series, scientists, policy experts, and thought leaders tackle these questions, attempting to restore meaning to sustainability as more than just a marketing tool. In State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, experts define clear sustainability metrics and examine various policies and perspectives, including geoengineering, corporate transformation, and changes in agricultural policy, that could put us on the path to prosperity without diminishing the well-being of future generations. If these approaches fall short, the final chapters explore ways to prepare for drastic environmental change and resource depletion, such as strengthening democracy and societal resilience, protecting cultural heritage, and dealing with increased conflict and migration flows.
State of the World 2013 cuts through the rhetoric surrounding sustainability, offering a broad and realistic look at how close we are to fulfilling it today and which practices and policies will steer us in the right direction.
Preview State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? on the Worldwatch Institute web site.
The Operational Guidelines for Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV Programmes for Sex Workers, Men who have Sex with Men, and Transgender People address the unique monitoring and evaluation needs of settings where HIV affects men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, and transgender people. They apply to countries with low-level, concentrated, and generalized HIV epidemics.
The Guidelines assume three levels of monitoring and evaluation that require coordination – at national, sub-national and service delivery levels. Volume 1 addresses the national and sub-national levels, and Volume 2 is geared towards service delivery providers.
Have you used the Operational Guidelines for Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV Programmes for Sex Workers, Men who have Sex with Men, and Transgender People? Share your experience with us.
The MEASURE Evaluation Population and Reproductive Health project developed a results framework to assess efforts to reposition family planning services. The Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating Efforts to Reposition Family Planning can be used by international donors, governments, and health programs to evaluate their efforts; identify gaps in strategies to reposition family planning in countries; and inform funding decisions, program design, policy and advocacy, and program planning and improvement. The project also developed a simple decision support tool to accompany the framework and indicators. This tool provides a way for stakeholders to gather information about the indicators and to receive progress feedback to support decision making. Repositioning Family Planning: Decision Support Tool Manual provides background about the framework, as well as guidance about applying the framework and the decision support tool.