We invite those attending the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen in May to participate in a partner event hosted by Palladium and the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation and Health Policy Plus (HP+) projects. This skills-building workshop is open to all Women Deliver participants and is particularly relevant for attendees from NGOs, universities, donor organizations, and governments engaged in designing, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating family planning and maternal, neonatal, and child health (FP/MNCH) policies and programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
This event will share findings related to FP/MNCH from the systematic review Transforming Gender Norms, Roles, and Power Dynamics for Better Health. Please note that spaces are limited so registration requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
I’m continuing in my introductions of those facilitating project finances and other operational aspects. Today we meet Mirella Augusto of Tulane.
Mirella was born and grew up in Rome. She worked there in clerical positions with the Italian Government (4 years) and the Italian Senate (3 years). She also lived in Tuscany for 2 years (click on the link to see some of the beauty of this region) and worked in Florence at the overseas branch of Stanford University as assistant to the Director of the Students Abroad Program. She loves to travel and has lived for extended periods in Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia, Germany and Belgium. In addition to English and Italian, Mirella speaks French, Spanish, and German. She has worked as a professional translator and interpreter, including some simultaneous interpretation (now THAT takes talent).
After seeing the world, Mirella sent down roots in New Orleans. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Tulane. She also took several college courses on New Orleans history and obtained a tour guide license. Her hobbies include walking and taking photos of houses and landscapes, and she is active in her neighborhood association. The books she enjoys reading are mostly non-fiction on history and politics. She stays connected to her Italian roots by participating in the Italian Women of New Orleans group with a focus on food, playing traditional card games, and socializing. Mirella’s family ties pull her out of New Orleans. Her siblings are in Europe and her daughter, Elisa, lives with her husband and Mirella’s two granddaughters in Ithaca, NY.
Mirella has been with Tulane since 1998 and with MEASURE Evaluation since 2006 (Phase II). She says she enjoys the challenge of tight deadlines, working with numbers and generally solving problems, and “I am always impressed by how well and efficiently such a large and complex project is set-up and runs at all levels.” That’s because of people like you, Mirella.
Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation: A practical approach
Bamberger, Michael; Vaessen, Jos and Raimondo, Estelle. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, 2016.
This book provides a framework for dealing with complexity in the field of development evaluations. Introductory chapters provide comprehensive overviews of common evaluation tools and methodologies. Recurrent methodological challenges when dealing with complexity are described and solutions are presented. The text then explores how emergent technologies and data can be utilized to strengthen evaluation design. The volume concludes with six case studies of real evaluations to illustrate how other evaluators have dealt with complexity.
Alec Moore is the Director of Finance and Administration for JSI. He started working with MEASURE Evaluation in 1998 as a project assistant.
Alec grew up in Utica, NY, with two brothers and two sisters. He says he hated math growing up so it was a surprise to eventually find out he was good with numbers. But first he avoided them. He studied Modern European History at Brown University in Rhode Island, followed by a masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies at American University. In between he worked briefly in publishing in New York.
Alec plays bar trivia with his friends every week (Quick, Alec: modern European history – who was the German Chancellor before Angela Merkel?). He loves going to restaurants and plays and to go out dancing. Reading histories and biographies is his favorite quiet pastime. He also admits to reading sci-fi and fantasy. And even though he didn’t go to UNC, he is a Tar Heels basketball fan.
In his notes to me, Alec described his first trip for MEASURE Evaluation. It was to Dakar in the early 2000s, to handle per diems and other logistics during one of the first courses MEASURE Evaluation did at CESAG. This was one of his first trips out of the US and definitely his first to Africa. Inexperienced and anxious, he strapped $10,000 in cash around his waist. But he arrived without a major mishap, and after meeting some of the Senegalese counterparts, he found them to be inspiring. They helped him see that the project does, indeed, have an impact.
USAID’s MEASURE Evaluation project is pleased to announce the international workshop on “Impact Evaluation of Population, Health and Nutrition Programs,” for English-speaking professionals.
The workshop is sponsored by the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, and MEASURE Evaluation, in collaboration with the Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health (GEMNet-Health). The two-week course will be held July 18–29, 2016 in Accra, Ghana.
Learn more and find out how to apply. Applications are due May 27.
In a pilot program, Bangladesh is transforming how rural health workers work—using digital tables to gather data in less time and with more accuracy that then is used for better policies and health services delivered to people. Learn more.
Next in our series on MEASURE Evaluation financial staff is Shannon Alderman. First some background: at UNC, all of our funds pass through the university’s Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). We came to know Shannon because she was the one at OSR who managed the MEASURE funds. OSR financial managers can have good or bad views of the projects they oversee, depending on the integrity and responsiveness of the project. Evidently she came to respect us so much that she came to work for us in 2013.
Shannon manages the finances of our associate awards in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. She enjoys contributing to something that is bigger than she is and building relationships with the people she is doing that with – that is, with the others on the MEASURE Evaluation team.
Shannon was born and raised in Creedmoor, North Carolina, about a 30 minute drive from the MEASURE Evaluation offices. She must’ve had a happy upbringing because she speaks with her family nearly every day. And she and her husband, Daniel, have dinner with his family every week.
Shannon started her graduate studies in nursing at UNC, but then found an opportunity (at OSR) and affinity for accounting. She and Daniel met about 10 years ago, and were married in 2012. Their son, Nolan, was born in August last year. She recently returned from maternity leave, and we are glad to have her back – not just for accounting acumen, but for her friendship.