IMAGE: Burnet Africa Program Manager, Mary-Ann Nicholas with workshop participants Zivanai Kapamurandu and Precious Wata from Zimbabwe
The development of new skills for the gathering of evidence and data is the focus of a special Burnet and Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) workshop for several of the Institute’s overseas-based project staff and collaborators.
Burnet project managers from Myanmar, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Zimbabwe are attending the workshop, Effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Data Management for Evidence-based Health Programs, in Melbourne from July 11-14.
The participants are engaged on projects ranging from malaria (PNG) and adolescent health and education (Myanmar), to maternal and child health (Zimbabwe).
Program Manager in the Centre for International Health, Amanda Benson, expects the workshop to assist the participants to integrate and demonstrate the results of their projects.
“It’s all about how to do a good project, how to make it sound and based in fact and evidence, rather than just relying on your previous experience or what other NGOs are doing,” Ms Benson said.
“It’s about making sure that we have the data and evidence to back up whatever we’re doing and in whatever context.
“It’s becoming more and more important to address how we measure the impact of what we’re doing and how we demonstrate that what we’re doing is working or not working, and these are the skills that our people will need to have.
“It’s around the basics that a lot of our researchers at Burnet take for granted, but which our on-the-ground project staff may not have had formal training in.”
Workshop topics include ethics policy and practice; data and evidence in program design; evidence-based program logic; and analysing, using and disseminating data.