Challenges of measuring learning and behavior change with at-risk media practitioners

Session Number: 1775
Track: Democracy and Governance
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: democratic institutions, media
Session Facilitator: Charles Guedenet [Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor - IREX]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Erin Murrock [Program Officer - IREX]
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (09:45 AM - 10:30 AM)
Room: L506

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

IREX works in a variety of environments, some of which can create unique challenges for monitoring and evaluation (M&E). In 2015, IREX conducted an internal review of successful M&E methods and approaches applied in closed and closing spaces. This roundtable will introduce insights gained from the review and also share specific lessons learned from SAFE, an initiative that provides safety trainings for media practitioners and human rights defenders in five regional centers around the world.

SAFE faces the challenge of establishing indicators to measure an abstract construct – safety – and how that might be manifested digitally, physically and psychosocially across many different cultures. SAFE also works with at-risk participants who work in challenging environments and can be difficult to reach. This roundtable will discuss how SAFE is repurposing its methodologies and theory of change to accommodate the challenges of working in restrictive environments and how lessons can be applied elsewhere.