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Seeing the World as a Network – Networking Examples

by on May 15, 2013

The description of the person I was going to share with you today isn’t quite ready. So, I am going to give you a window into the networking that happens in MEASURE Evaluation – three conversations happening this week.

On Monday we had our monthly conversation between the MEASURE Evaluation leadership and the USAID management team. The meeting happens both face-to-face and electronically. Those of us in Chapel Hill (usually the UNC senior management team, Scott Moreland [team lead for Future], and Scott McKeown [team lead for MSH]) gather in the basement room where we have two large video screens. One projects a video stream of the USAID team in Washington, and the other shows us what they see of us. Then, joining in on a phone line are the MEASURE Evaluation team leads not in Chapel Hill (usually Ani Hyslop [ICF], Stacey Gage [Tulane], and Stephanie Mullen [JSI]), and any of the USAID team that couldn’t make it to their conference room in Washington. The meeting is technologically complicated, but it usually works. And for those of us in a room with others and able to see the other group in a room, being able to see faces makes it a more rewarding conversation.

Today we are hosting visitors from the West African Health Organization (WAHO), with whom MEASURE Evaluation has collaborated in developing health information systems. The four visitors are in this not-very-good photo I took (I also blanked out some wifi connection info on the board behind them). The man on the far left is their Director General, Dr. Placido Cardoso. We talked in our meeting about our organizations and how we might help each other with our respective missions.

The third networking meeting takes place tomorrow. I will be on the phone with people from FHI 360 – especially the LIFT project that addresses food security – about a conference they are hosting and a presentation they have asked me to give on network analysis.

These are three examples in the span of one week of how the work we do depends heavily on the connections we make with others who are engaged in the same goal of improving global health.

Jim

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