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Why IERD

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Impact Evaluation Research for Development is a consortium established to bridge the capacity gap between the academia and the actual level of monitoring and evaluation skill sets, competencies and expertise required to transform M&E graduates to M&E experts with practical skills and innovative solutions to generate quality data for better decision making which guarantees achievement of targets and objectives for projects. Through innovative training approaches, IERD provides a unique opportunity for networking to both upcoming and skilled M&E experts dealing with different projects.

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In line with its mission of increasing the use of evidence in Monitoring and Evaluation and Policy Analysis for better decision making,

IERD is pleased to invite interested participants for a methodology workshop which will introduce them to evidence based decision making, Research Transparency and systematic review and mapping techniques.

 

 

 Date: 15th December, 2017

 

Venue: Mount Kenya University Rwanda

 

Time: 9 am to 1pm

 

RESEARCH TRANSPARENCY AND EVIDENCE PROGRAMME

 

 

Time Activity Facilitator
08:30– 09:00 Arrival and Registration  
09:00– 09:10 Welcome Address  
09:10– 10.10 Introduction to Evidence Based Decision Making Dr. Kasim Ggombe, a consultant with International Growth Centre
10:10– 10.40 Coffee Break  
10.40 – 11:40 Systematic Reviews and Systematic Mapping Techniques Dr. Sylivia Nalubenga – MKUR School of Nursing and Public Health
11.40 – 12.40 Introduction to Research transparency techniques Dr. Mercyline Kamande – IERD Executive Director
12.40– 13.20 Questions and Answers  
13:20– 15:00 Working Lunch for the team participating in systematic mapping project Dr. Mercyline Kamande - IERD Executive Director

 

 

For more information contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website on www.ierdglobal.org

 

                      

 

This event is funded by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) Catalyst Program, an initiative of the Center for Effective Global Action at UC , sign up for the BITSS blog, and follow BITSS on Twitter @UCBITSS.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Expression of Interest from Individual Junior Researchers to participate in Systematic Mapping of Impact Evaluation Evidence on policy issues in Africa


Overview

Impact Evaluation Research for Development (IERD) is a consortium that is committed to promote evidence-based research through capacity development in quality data collection and analysis, and integrate lessons learned into M&E models and in the policy making process. IERD strives to equip M&E experts and policy analysts with practical skills and innovative solutions to generate quality data for better decision making which guarantee achievement of targets. Through innovative training approaches, IERD provides a unique opportunity for networking to both upcoming and skilled M&E experts and policy analysts dealing with different projects and in different policy environments.

Inlinewiththismission,IERDis looking for competent individuals interested in participating in systematic mapping of existing evidence generated using rigorous evaluation research methods which is relevant for African development agenda. This will involve a scientific search of research that has been conducted in Africa and making a summary of the research problems under investigation, the methodologies used, the evidence generated and the policy relevance of the research in the African context.

We are looking for individuals who have good understanding of the research process preferably with a master’s degree or undergraduates with verifiable research experience. Successful applicants are required to attend a number of methodology workshop which will introduce them to the reasoning behind evidence based decision making, utilization of evidence in Monitoring and Evaluation, the need for open and reproducible research for policy making as well as systematic review and mapping techniques.

In addition, the successful applicants will have an opportunity to work with senior researchers as mentors and receive IERD support in accessing the required academic search databases and extract evidence from published papers.

As an output to this project, every successful applicant will be required to submit a write-up of not more than 20 pages (Single spaced, 12 fonts and New Times Roman) with a complete reference list and the following sub-headings

  • Introduction to the underlying basic theory behind that topic – Not exceeding 2 pages

  • Systematic mapping of available evidence in that area – Not exceeding 7 pages

  • Policy Relevance in Africa – Not exceeding 2 pages

  • Case studies of what policy interventions have worked or failed in Africa - Not exceeding 4 pages

  • Student workbooks – featuring practical policy contexts/scenarios where the theory can be applied in research led teaching in a classroom setting– Not exceeding 3 pages. A format will be provided for this

This project hopes to go beyond mentoring the participants to influencing how economics teaching can be made more responsive to African problems by using African case studies. To achieve this, all submitted work will be reviewed by a team of reviewers and high quality articles will be featured as a (or part of a) book chapter in an upcoming book titled ‘Applied Microeconomic Theory: Lessons from Africa’ which is intended to make the teaching of microeconomics more relevant to the African context.

The outputsshouldfocusononeormoreofthefollowing broad topics

  • Risk mitigation in cases of uncertainty

  • Technology adoption to improve agriculture and health outcomes in Africa

    Production Efficiency for small scale enterprises in Africa

  • Market Participation

  • Inter-temporal Choice

  • Investment behaviour under uncertainty

  • Information economics and its application in solving African health problems and other social economic problems

  • An exploration of publication bias in Rwanda – this theme will require mapping of research done in Rwanda by scholars and researchers affiliated to research institutions with reasons why this research remains unpublished. The research included must be high quality research which applies credible scientific methods.

  • Case study research that tells success or failure stories of policy interventions tested in Rwanda or other African countries by any organization. This however, requires evidence of permission to publish an anonymous version of the case studies from the respective organizations for teaching purposes.

  • Sectoral report of how rigorous research has influenced policy in Rwanda or other African countries.

Interested applicants are requested to submit a two page expression of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5th December, 2017 indicating the topics they wish to work on and the methodology they propose to use with a short bio indicating their training and experience in research. Selected applicants will be invited to attend a methodology workshop to be held on Friday, 15th December, 2017 during which they will receive guidance on the next steps.

The aim of this project is professional development for junior researchers in Rwanda. Therefore researchers living and working in Rwanda and are able to attend the methodology workshops are strongly encouraged to apply. A cash reward of Rwf.10,000 (tax inclusive) per page will be paid to authors of accepted papers.

For any clarification, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This project is made possible through a grant by Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). University of California, Berkeley

Selectiontimetableandprocess

Callforexpression of interest (EOI):                    20th November,2017

Submissiondeadline for EOI:                              5th December, 2017

Notification of Acceptance of EOI:                      10th December,2017

Methodology Workshop 1:                                  15th December,2017

Submissiondeadline for completed drafts:             15th February,2018

Methodology Workshop 2:                                  23rd February, 2018

Notification of Acceptance of drafts:                    28th February, 2018

Submissionoffinal drafts:                                   16th March, 2018

IERD Plagiarism Policy:

IERD adheres to very high ethical standard and therefore authors should avoid any appearance of plagiarism. Any text of five or more consecutive words that is borrowed from another source should be marked with quotation marks and properly referenced including the page number after such a quotation. Copying large texts from one source is also not acceptable. All submissions will be subjected to a plagiarism checker before acceptance.

Research Transparency and Evidence Workshop

 Categorical Data Analysis

IERD has the following capacity building courses on offer for the next quarter

Click on the link for details

 Call for Expression of interest for junior researchers

Call for Expression of interest for junior researchers

 

Research Transparency and Evidence Workshop

 

Results Oriented Monitoring and Evaluation

Objectives: This course is designed help participants to bring theories into practice using real time information from ongoing projects. Participants will understand the different kind of data they collect and how each can be analyzed to produce results which contribute to strategic decision making of their organizations. Participants are expected to have some working knowledge with SPSS or Stata

Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, participants will learn how to

  • plan a project using the logical framework

  • develop measurable indicators and targets

  • design data collection tools

  • analyze monitoring data using statistical software to produce useful evidence

Course Content
 
Day Activity Description
Day 1 Fundamentals of M&E
  • Outputs, outcomes and impact
  • Understand the M&E function in your organization
  • Understanding your project/programme cycle
  • Working with different stakeholders
Day 2 Developing M&E frameworks
  • Developing and understanding Logframes
  • Beyond Logframes
  • Working with Theory of Change
  • Developing and verifying project indicators
Day 3 Gathering and analyzing data for M&E
  • Understand the different data needed for M&E
  • How to design baseline, evaluation and impact studies
  • Participatory data collection methods
  • Data organization and analysis
3 coaching sessions

At the end of day three of in-house training, the participants will agree on areas that they need coaching and set the objectives for coaching and expected outcomes as well as the coaching calendar

Coaching sessions will be I hour each

 
 

Methodology: This course adopts mixed approaches to learning which include a three days in-house training and 3 post training coaching sessions at the workplace

The in-house training will be an Instructor-led training using presentations, guided sessions, practical exercises, and group work. 

Target Audience: This course is designed for monitoring and evaluation practitioners involved in the day to day planning and implement of M&E activities in their projects and programmes.

Class size: In order to maximize the learning experience, we accept a maximum of 20 participants per session

Certification: Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued
with a certificate of completion

Dates: 18th to 20th October, 2017

Venue: All our trainings will be conducted at Mount Kenya University Rwanda premises

Your investment: Rwf. 200,000 which includes training materials, meals and a six months Stata 15 license. Participants are expected to bring their own laptops and can purchase their own perpetual Stata 15 licences

Mode of Payment: Please make your payment through our bank account Access Bank A/C No. 1002100104021301. For Logistics purposes, kindly book your space by 10th October, 2017 by sending your payment confirmation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Coaching and Mentorship for specific aspects of this course is available at Rwf. 50,000/= for three 1-hour sessions. Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details

A negotiated package is available for tailor-made and group training

 

The IERD Online Resource Centre provides online access to training materials from

both local and international research mentors

How to write a literature Review

 

Unethical Practices in Research

 

Tips to avoid Plagialism

 

Tips on writing a grant proposal

 

Develop your bold ideas

 

Build your path to scale

Think like an entrepreneur about your global health innovation, then develop and communicate a plan to bring your innovation to scale. Also view our value proposition exercise,

Learn more
 

Plan your ideas

Get tips on grant writing from mentors and learn effective writing from experts,

Learn more
 

Melba Gomes

Melba Gomes is a scientist at the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) at the World Health Organization in Geneva and a recipient of a grant from Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Brains program.

In this video, Melba says, “Don’t be shy: seek advice on your grant proposal from experts in the field.”

 

Aisha Yousafzai

Aisha Yousafzai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, whose work is supported by Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Brains program.

In this video, Aisha advises that grant writers seek feedback on their ideas and proposal from every available source, including fieldworkers and the funder themselves.

 

Fredros Okumu

Fredros Okumu is a researcher at the Ifakara Health Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the recipient of an award from Grand Challenges Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations program.

At a March 2012 Proposal Development Workshop in Dar es Salaam, which was designed to help applicants improve their full grant proposals, Fredros shares lessons from his team’s successful grant proposal.

 

Tim Geary and Eliane Ubalijoro

At a October 2011 Proposal Development Workshop in Ottawa, which was designed to help applicants to Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Brains initiatives improve their full grant proposals, Tim and Eliane discussed how they developed their project plan and chose which material to include in their grant.

Tim Geary is Canada Research Chair in parasite biotechnology and Director of McGill University’s Institute of Parasitology in Montreal, Canada. Eliane Ubalijoro is an Adjunct Professor at McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development. They are the recipients of a grant jointly awarded by Grand Challenges Canada, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

 

Keith Jerome

Keith Jerome is Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle, U.S.A., and a member of the Vaccine Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. He is a recipient of an award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations program.

At an April 2011 Proposal Development Workshop in Delhi, which was designed to help prospective applicants to Phase 2 of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations program, Keith discussed his view of the most critical aspects of grant writing, based on his 20 years of experience in writing funding proposals.

 

Pradip Rathod

Pradip Rathod is Professor of Chemistry and an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, in Seattle, U.S.A. He is a recipient of an award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations program.

At a September 2010 Proposal Development Workshop in Toronto for Grand Challenge Canada’s Point-of-Care Diagnostics joint initiative with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Phase 2 of the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations program, Pradip discussed how his team developed their project plan and put together their successful application.

 

IERD Main Components

  • Learn from the best
    Learn from the best

    IERD Coaching and mentorship model is build around real M&E challenges after several years of interaction with project staff. We translate theoretical aspects into practice by engaging with you at your workplace.

  • Peer Learning
    Peer Learning

    Coaching and mentoring is very effective techniques to enhance the skills, knowledge and performance of your employees. The pear learning approach that IERD uses has helped me to benchmark with other M&E professionals, Mentee

  • Why do I need a mentor
    Why do I need a mentor

    A mentor is someone who is willing to invest time in you. He is the kind of a person you can turn to when you are unsure of your next move in your career.

     IERD matches you with professionals in your field who can champion you to the next level

  • From a personal Experience
    From a personal Experience

    I am a product of professional coaching. Having a professional coach walk with you is a journey worth taking. You will never regret. This is the experience IERD is offering to you. You can’t miss this opportunity.

    You need a dedicated coach to get you here

    Dr. Mercyline Kamande,PhD;  Executive Director IERD

  • How to build a research career
    How to build a research career

    In class you learn the theories. At IERD we train you through practice. The best learning mode is Learning by Doing

    This is what got me here and I want to walk with you all the way.

    Dr. Mercyline Kamande,PhD;  Executive Director IERD