Workshop 1: Planning and assessing impact

What is impact? Why is it important to plan for impact and assess the impact of diaconal interventions? Some hints for planning and assessing impact in context with resource constraints (financial, human resources, time, data availability).

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  1. Estimada Julia, muchas gracias por las excelentes pistas para identificar el impacto y poder se más específicos en la implementación de los proyectos.
    • Estimado Jairo, muchas gracias por su participación en la conferencia y por su comentario.
  2. You now have the opportunity to choose between two presentations that are case studies from our LWF member churches. Workshop 2 is based on a study from the LWF member church in Jordan and the Holy Land and Workshop 3 is based on a case study from our member church in Brazil
  3. Comment Julia thank you for the presentation what is the reason the churhes did not gone for impact study assessment or evaluation ?
    • hi Kishore, wait a second and Julia will answer in a moment
    • Dear Kishore, thank you for your question and for having listened to my presentation. I think the main reason why not many churches do impact studies is because they are not having the resources required. Some of them may also not know what an “impact study” is.
      Many of the churches – at least of the LWF/DMD supported member church projects – nowadays do evaluations. But not many of those evaluations look at “impact” in a systematic and “rigorous” manner…
  4. Thank you Julia and Maike for the presentation
  5. Thank you Julia for the information on impact assessment. I may have missed the aspect on how one can “control for contamination”, in other words how would one control for non-sharing of information or books between the intervention (group being trained on reading and writing) and the control group (no education programme), especially in community-based programmes as people are free to interact and share information?
  6. In about 7 minutes we will have two more workshops, meanwhile let us have your comments, feedback and questions on Ms Julia Brummer’s presentation
  7. I hope you all enjoyed the presentation and have learned some key issues on how to plan for impact in our projects.
  8. Many thanks Julia and Maike for the live presentation
  9. I was involved in a randomised control trial to assess the effectiveness of peer education in reducing new HIV infections among factory workers where we had two groups, an intervention group that had a structured peer education programme and a control group without the programme. Both groups had access to HIV testing and counselling and treatment of STIs. The only difference was the peer education programme.
    • Julia please respond to Venah’s question
    • Dear Venah, I am happy you have joined this session. Thank you for sharing this example. The kind of study you are describing is exactly what I was talking about. Randomized control trials are seen by some as the most rigorous way of establishing a “counterfactual”.
  10. yes thank you! and I wish it was interesting for other participants too.
  11. Dear Julia, thank you for your answer, it is very useful.
  12. A lot of you have already some experience with impact studies, according to our poll. If you like, feel free to share your experiences, good practices, challenges, also for the other participants.
  13. Thank you dear Julia.
    How will one determine whether or not an assumption is good/appropriate?
  14. Nadia and Monika, I hope Julia’s has answered your question?
    • Thank you, Julia, that was very helpful!
  15. Thank you very much Julia. I would like to know in which cases it is useful or recommended to conduct an impact assessment and in which cases it is not. You said it is useful when there is significant impact to orientate future and other projects, can you give some examples?
  16. 1. What is the difference between “assessing impact“ and conducting an evaluation of a project?
    • Thank you for your question, Monika! Julia will address it following her presentation.
    • Thank you Monika for the question. Julia will respond to all questions after her presentation. Her presentation is live.
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