Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Evaluation Conclave 2013

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"Evaluation should ultimately make a difference in the life of the people." 
- The tag-line of Evaluation Conclave 2013
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Keynote Address at EC 2013
Organizations all over the world put efforts into doing research, planning, mobilizing scarce resources, executing the activities on site, and doing other demanding tasks. But none of these make complete sense until they are evaluated. Every activity has a contribution and evaluating that contribution opens the door to improvement and feedback. Donors and funder invest a whopping sum of money in projects worldwide with the expectation that their money will help improve people’s lives. And so is the case with those who provide quality expertise in these projects. It also becomes the concern of the host country and other authorities who monitor the conditions of the subjects being addressed by the projects. Hence, evaluating them on various grounds and then passing on the evaluation reports to all the stakeholders to let them assess the value of their investments emerges as an important issue today. This process of assessment is simply called Evaluation & is done by Evaluators.

The Evaluation Conclave 2013, a meetup of evaluators and relevant people from around the world, was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 26 Feb to 1 March, 2013 at Hyatt Regency. The conclave had the presence of distinguished delegates from organizations like The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), The Rockefeller Foundation, The Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA), Sambodhi, EvalPartners, The Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR), The World Bank and UNICEF among others. And participants mainly from South Asia & other countries attended the program, learning from the experiences and insights shared by the experts and other participants.

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Participants at EC 2013
Sparrow SMS managed the social media broadcasting of the conclave trying to amplify its impact and reach to people around the world who can learn from such programs. The social media broadcast of the program through Facebook and Twitter connected people from all over the world who couldn't attend in person and who would find content of the program useful in any manner. Sparrow SMS has been recently trying to focus its CSR initiatives on social and development sector in Nepal by providing its rugged and powerful platform to organizations working actively in the field. Sparrow SMS services are helping them send & collect data, opinions & information in form of short text messages over any cellular network across Nepal. This makes the process of communication almost real-time, widely reachable and extremely cost effective.
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Speakers & Panelists 
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Sparrow SMS team at EC 2013

Today, the Evaluation Conclave is being seen as a valuable and exclusive platform for the stakeholders of all kinds of projects going on around the world to share findings, learn new ways and improve on their efforts for a better impact. And Sparrow SMS expresses its commitment to always support such platforms, now & in future, which can ultimately make a difference in the lives of people.

To know more about the event, watch a short video here.


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