News Release: Co-Leader, Decade of Evaluation for Action to Address Jamaican Diaspora Stakeholder Engagement for the National M & E System

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TORONTO, Canada – Khalil Bitar, Co-leader, Decade of Evaluation for Action and Chair, EvalYouth Global Network, Johannes (Jan) VOORDOUW, Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Design Consultant and  Andrea “Delcita” Wright, Actress and Guidance Counsellor will be guest speakers at the “Jamaican Diaspora Stakeholder Engagement for the National M & E System”  which will be held today, July 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm.

Mr. Bitar will bring greetings on behalf of the Co-leaders for the Decade of EVALUATION for Action, also known as the Eval4Action campaign. “The campaign is aligned with the UN Secretary-General’s Decade of Action to deliver the Global Goals (UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the SDGs).

The Eval4Action campaign “seeks to promote widespread recognition on evaluation being critical to, and a key accelerator for achieving the SDGs. It will mobilize commitments by different stakeholders – parliaments, governments, and evaluation associations – to invest in stronger evaluation systems to inform public policies, ensuring no one is left behind” (https://www.eval4action.org/)

The campaign also raises awareness about the lack of evaluation evidence in the Voluntary National Reviews presented to the United Nations High Level Political Forum by developed and developing countries.  It also champions the need for building evaluation capacity— including monitoring and evaluation systems, which are critical to the delivery of the goals.

Columbia, Mexico, and Venezuela were among the first 17 countries to present Voluntary National Reviews in 2016, and the only Latin American countries to do so (UN ECLAC). Canada, Jamaica, The Bahamas, and The Dominican Republic reported in 2018, the third round of reporting. While the United Kingdom submitted their first report in 2019. Fifty-one countries were preparing their reports in February 2020.

“Eval4Action is envisaged as a highly inclusive campaign that is led by civil society for the achievement of these objectives, with global coordination and support by the co-leaders”. UNFPA Evaluation Office, EvalYouth Global Network and Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation are the co-leaders. Local action for delivering the goals as well as for ensuring issues unique to countries and their citizenries such as unique challenges faced by Jamaica, and its diaspora both mutually and independently require actions and commitment by individual diasporans, businesses and diaspora organizations says, Meegan Scott of Magate Wildhorse Consulting event host and Eval4Action campaign partners.

Eval4Action aims to “revitalize global engagement and commitment on national evaluation capacities for timely delivery of the SDGs”. Today’s event aims to ensure all Jamaicans can own, contribute, and benefit from the process.

Diaspora organizations public and private must generate data and engage in evaluation so Jamaica and host countries can meet the “the key UN principles for constructing national reviews”. That requires “rigorous evaluations based on evidence,  and informed by data which is high-quality, accessible, timely, reliable and disaggregated by income, sex, age, race, ethnicity, migration status, disability and geographic location and other characteristics relevant to the context of the diaspora and beneficiaries of programmes it funds in Jamaica.

Johannes (Jan) VOORDOUW, the consultant engaged by the Government of Jamaica for delivering the M & E System will facilitate the stakeholder engagement session. He is also a Director of the Board of Caribbean Evaluators International (CEI), an international partner in the Eval4Action campaign.  The CEI is registered in Jamaica with chapters in other Caribbean countries.

Andrea “Delcita” Wright will bring humour as well as serious conversation through her session “ “Genderation Revue” . She will address Jamaica’s unique context and manifestations of the challenges related SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”; and SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Results-based strategy planning that is grounded in systems thinking and informed by evidence is also crucial to the delivering the goals. Dr. Karren Dunkley will present, North East Diaspora Strategic Planning: Ensuring Productivity & Success in a “ Soon Come” Mindset and Mentality Frame.

With just 10 years for fixing some of world’s most “wicked problems” , when both developed and developing countries were off target to varying degrees before and now dangerously off  track as a result of the COVID _19 pandemic the need for action is urgent.

Delivering the SDGs are crucial to improving the wellbeing of people, planet, and prosperity, but it requires  partnerships like we have never needed it before― if “no one is to be left behind”.

The event is hosted by Magate Wildhorse Consulting and The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs. Today’s event partners are the Co-leaders of Eval4Action,  the Jamaica Diaspora Northeast USA, Windsor West Indian Association, the Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta as well as several ethnic media outfits.

Magate Wildhorse is committed to partnering and delivering influential evaluations for the goals.

There is no charge for participating in the event. Individuals with no Jamaican roots but who identify as Jamaicans are welcome to participate in the event.

Pre-registration is required via the following link: https://forms.gle/5CWkWZyUekRcDAr28

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COVID 19 Opportunities — SDGs, Evaluation, Performance & Your Pivot

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Notice of misprint: Series 9 was held on Friday June 12, 2020 instead of Thursday the 11th.

Outride: COVID 19 Business Threat Seminar

“Embracing risk for driving vision and growth”

The series is grounded in risk intelligence (RI). RI is that process of embracing risks and putting it to work for ensuring your business can survive or thrive during a crisis and beyond. It is also about value creation and protection. About delivering your vision and mission in the face of crisis as well as during the “normal”.

We were delighted to present series nine (9) in the Outride: COVID 19 Business Threat Seminar series yesterday.  Originally scheduled for Thursday the 11, 2020, heavy rains in the USA, Internet woes in Jamaica and Canada sought to outride our participants.

We empathize with those who were still experiencing challenges and had to join by phone or to missed the session.

While we wanted to wait for you; we had to make the week’s delivery timeline, so we did yesterday, June 12, 2020. Nothing would stop our special edition in support of our commitment to The Decade of Evaluation for Action.   And we were richly rewarded by the responses and ease with which attendees stayed  for the event which was held 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, on a Friday evening.  For that we promise you workshops and discussions that expand on some of the topics touched on as you rollout plans and execute your COVID 19 recovery strategy and actions. Those sessions will also help those who joined the series in the later half,thus making it more difficult for them to complete the series assignment for strenghten their organizations because of the sessions missed.

When: June 11, 2020  |  Time: 3:00 PM EST  | Toronto & New York

Where: Online  | Registration detail below

Cost: Free

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Featured Sessions: 

The Decade of Evaluation for Action – What’s in It for Caribbean Communities presented by Meegan Scott. 

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Shared in that session were the campaign messages for the observation that were provided by conveners– UNFPAEvalYouth and the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation.  In addition, the what, whys, who, and how for delivering the intended and desires results of the Decade of was presented.

Meegan shared how evaluation helped to tell where we were in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 5 and 8 (No Poverty, Gender Equality, and Decent Work and Economic Growth).  The gathering examined why those goals were important and reflected on some of the associated indicators and targets. With greater success in delivering those goals globally the Black, Caribbean, Asian and other Minority Ethnic Groups (BCAME) would not  have been hit so hard by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Attendees found answers to the questions:

  • What is evaluation?
  • How it differs from data analysis?
  • How evaluation provides evidence for informing decision making versus data analysis by itself (especially as borrowed from research for another purpose)?
  • Why evaluation is critical to delivering the SDGs, pathways of transformation (broad and contextual).

Ten (10) evaluation approaches were presented; and of the ten, seven (7) were highlighted for significant increase in demand and use by community service organizations in the Jamaican and Caribbean diasporic markets.

Among the ten listed were utilization-focused evaluations, randomized control trials, gender-based, humanitarian and empowerment evaluations.  Types of evaluation generally applied at various stages in the life of an intervention, evaluation questions associated with each; the need for better evaluations and capacity building in evaluation was also shared.  Meegan, also shared the Magate Wildhorse commitment related to influential evaluations— facilitating the use of evaluations, partnerships for evaluation, accelerating the SDGs through evaluation, strategic planning, and critical friend evaluation support.

Also shared were four types of influential evaluations, features, utility and impacts of good influential evaluations.  Attendees were encouraged to join and commit to the Decade of Evaluation for Action. We are pleased to note that one attendee is in high gear with planning for the delivery of one action by next week; and another is moving to establish a supporting business..

That session was the second action delivered by Magate Wildhorse as a  committed North America organizational partner in the delivery of the global goals and expected results of the Decade for Evaluation for Action.

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Theo Chambers delivered another laughter extracting power treat, Joy Spot Motivational Session. He reminded participants that “knowledge was not power, but that power was what you do with knowledge”.  “Thank you Theo, Great reminder of how to live life” and  ” well said” were among the comments participants share in response to Theo’s message.

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Andrew Sharpe gifted us with “Bun and Cheese” for life in the session A Moment with Miss Lou.  Participants had the following comments for Andrew, “Enjoyable Love Ms. LOU”, “Great work Andrew”,  “ Nice piece of Jamaica culture @Andrew” and “He’s good, am sorry he did not pursue it as a career”. “I loved it”.  Andrew we at Magate Wildhorse was hearing “Bun and Cheese” by Miss Lou for the first time. Thank you for that treat.

Meegan Scott also delivered the fourth session, COVID 19 Opportunities — SDGs, Evaluation, Performance & Your Pivot (For profits & Non-profits) .

In this session we took a quick recap of the entrepreneurial skills gap of the Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs (See Fact or Fiction). Following the pre-COVID 19 capacity challenges of both for profit and non-profits, Scott challenged the gathering to become industry influencers. She emphasized the need to conduct needs assessment for entrepreneurship and other community development interventions, experiments, case studies, SMARTER and measurable indicators that would stretch and reward organizations and their leaders as they stepped to the COVID 19 challenge.  She also highlighted the need for capacity building in evaluation for both programme and business operations, for  Caribbean communities and the rest of BCAME.  The need to “do it ourselves” when it comes to business recovery as well as purpose and profit for driving the delivery of the SDGs in host and home countries was also stressed. The need for more and better evaluation, advocacy,  grey literature, and community finance was hammered home.

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From Session 4 , Getting ready for re-opened markets

Session four is where for-profit leaders got a deep dive into why BCAME did not benefit from stimulus monies and the fact that the writting was on the wall before the funding became available. The 5C’s and 5P’s methods of evaluating credit risk;  periodic cashflow red flag; indicators, results trees and how they were used to track changes in beneficiary outcomes and validate resilience or transformation was covered.  Given, the interest of several participants in the agriculture and food business sector the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) guidelines and examples referenced since the start of series  was expounded on in greater depth yesterday.

Not All Doom and Gloom – Pent Up Demand– Get Ready for Re-Opened Markets

Socio-economic trends globally, sustainable ocean economy (blue economy) opportunities by way of home countries were discussed as was tactics for tapping the COVID 19 BCAME legacy.  Meegan shared that many BCAME businesses thought to be dead in the service sectors will have significant opportunities for filling pent up demand; the need for new inventory by retailers; and heightened demand for variety, plus willingness to bargain shop and to try new things. She cautioned entrepreneurs to get ready to meet the demand, protect health and provide reassurance to clients related to the protection of their health. She left them with  ten tactics for seizing the opportunities presented by COVID 19. And a reminder to plan, execute, monitor, conduct ongoing environmental scans, evaluate, adjust, and update strategy and plans if they are to attain increased risk intelligence and resilience.

What participants had to say about the two sessions presented by Meegan Scott:

“The session was an informative one and there was valuable information shared that a I think that the Caribbean Diaspora could benefit from especially the group that is involved in non-profit organizations”.

“Excellent information”, “Informative session”, “Great presentation Meegan”, “Awesome presentation.  I felt like I was in a PHD class.  Thanks”

“Great point about able to do higher level analysis @ Meegan”.

As always the session ended with the gathering and chit chat among attendees.

Event Rapporteur, Dania Sammott will provide notes from the session report for attendees.

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Join us next Thursday at 2:00 PM Eastern for series 10.

If you’ve never been to one of the sessions and would like to join us, please pre-register at the link below.

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Please note that this event is not just for small and micro-businesses, big businesses and big nonprofits can benefit also.

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