Evaluation 2019: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

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Lessons Learned in Harnessing Data and Technology for Improved Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, and Development Outcomes

Session Number: 1782
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Tags: Data Visualization, international development evaluation, Technology and Evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Eric Benschoter [Director of Strategic Markets - The QED Group, LLC]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heiwote Aberra [The QED Group, LLC]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 83

Abstract 1 Title: Improved Development Outcomes with Data Visualization
Presentation Abstract 1:

Neal Myrick, Global Head for Tableau Foundation, will explain how smart analytics are empowering new methodologies, fostering collaboration, and making it easier to do good in the world. Data has traditionally been an extraction industry in the global South but Tableau and others are working to change that. Neal will talk about the global capacity gap in data visualization but also the “imagination gap” that he has found, and which must be addressed for countries to truly benefit from the increased availability of data.


Presentation 1 Other Authors: Neal Myrick is the Global Head of the Tableau Foundation, a philanthropic initiative led by the employees of Tableau Software that encourages the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world's problems. Tableau Foundation grants combine Tableau's two most valuable resources – its people and its products – with financial support to non-profits that are using data to reshape communities around the globe. Over the next six years, Tableau Foundation will grant $100M to build the data and analytics capacity of organizations and public-private partnerships to address global health, poverty, gender inequality and climate action.
Abstract 2 Title: Harnessing the research power of universities to create sustainable impact for international aid programs
Presentation Abstract 2:

Brian Bingham, Team Lead for Research, Innovation and Technology at US Agency for International Development’s Center for Development Research (CDR) will speak on ways CDR is harnessing the research power of universities to create sustainable impact on international aid programs in developing countries.  Through a combination of monitoring and evaluation, advances in technology, and cross-collaboration among stakeholders, CDR is working to increase the effectiveness of international development programs.


Presentation 2 Other Authors: Brian Bingham serves as the team lead for Research, Innovation, and Technology within the Center for Development Research (CDR) at US Agency for International Development (USAID). In this role, he works to create and implement programs that harness the ingenuity and research of universities towards development advances that will improve the impact of international aid projects in developing countries. Prior to joining CDR, he led the monitoring and evaluation team for a $90 million assistance portfolio focused on university engagement in international development, within the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID.
Abstract 3 Title: Building data visualization capacity and strengthening a culture of data use in international development
Presentation Abstract 3:

Neelima Grover, CEO and Founder of the QED Group, will talk about QED’s Center for Global Data Visualization (CGDV), an initiative that brings together students, universities and the private sector to build data visualization capacity and strengthen a culture of data use in international development. CGDV provides a unique online platform for collaboration, offering opportunities for training, networking, publishing and professional development in data analytics and visualization. CGDV aims to mobilize the power of university students to offer insights into some of the greatest challenges facing many low- and middle-income countries today. Some of CGDV’s key collaborators include Georgetown University Department of Data Science, Boston University School of Public Health, Delhi University Hansraj College, and Addis Ababa University.


Presentation 3 Other Authors: Neelima Grover is the CEO and Founder of The QED Group. Founded in 1998, QED has grown into an internationally renowned organization known for its work in monitoring and evaluation, performance management and learning. A social scientist by training, Neelima is a thought leader and innovator who brings a passion and vision for exploring new solutions to improve the impact, efficiency, and reach of global development programs. Branching out beyond traditional monitoring and evaluation approaches, Neelima has developed successful new methods for harnessing the power of technology to increase transparency, accountability and organizational learning, contributing to and helping shape U.S. Government development assistance policy.
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

One of the most powerful tools for accelerating progress in international development is the rapid growth in data for monitoring and evaluation. There are many more opportunities to use technology to more effectively create and communicate data as information. In this session, Neal Myrick, Global Health for Tableau Foundation, will discuss what he describes as an “imagination gap”, among professionals working with international development data. Brian Bingham, with USAID’s Center for Development Research will discuss how USAID is working to utilize a growth in data and the research power of universities to improve monitoring and evaluation and learning in international development. And finally, QED Group’s Neelima Grover will share the latest updates on the Center for Global Data Visualization (CGDV), an initiative to build data visualization capacity and strengthen a culture of data use in international development, collaborating with universities around the world.



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