ALINe Newsletter: July 2017

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Dear colleague,

Welcome to our second newsletter of 2017. In this edition, we're very pleased to be able to share the results of our three-year partnership with the GSMA Foundation. ALINe provided comprehensive monitoring, learning and evaluation technical support to the GSMA Foundation's six-country mNutrition initiative - which explored how mobile phones can be used to improve nutrition and increase agricultural production and incomes.

The ALINe team

mNutrition: Creating scalable, engaging mobile solutions for agriculture

For the past three years, ALINe has been working with GSMA as the monitoring, evaluation, and learning partner for the mNutrition initiative. Focusing on six countries - Pakistan, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Myanmar, and Bangladesh - to learn about how each service is enabling behaviour change and leading to changes in agricultural production, income and nutrition. We used a range of qualitative and quantitative methods including Rapid Feedback Surveys to identify opportunities for product iteration, and a quasi-experimental design to examine impact in each of the six countries. Read more here.

Recommended reading

What do researchers owe their participants?

Too often, MLE is focused on extracting insights - without much consideration given to meaningfully engaging the owners of these insights in the process, or considering the impact of our work. This short blog post highlights a group of oft-studied Nairobi sex workers who want to establish a Code of Conduct for researchers.  Read more here.

Gender-Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT)

We have been supporting the GREAT initiative on developing their monitoring, evaluation, and learning system to track the impact of their training course. Last month, we participated in a planning and review meeting held at Cornell University to reflect on lessons learned and achievements over the past year of the program. Elizabeth Asiimwe, of the GREAT Project Management Team, has written a blog about the session here.

Using logic models and theories of change better in evaluation

We often focus on Theories of Change (ToC) in our work - from designing and implementing a ToC in collaboration with programme experts and organisations, through to evaluating whether or not interventions have had the desired impact set out in a ToC at the outset of the project. This blog from BetterEvaluation is a useful collection of ToC resources covering developing, representing and implementing a ToC. Read more here.

Is your project gender transformative?

This USAID checklist can be used to reflect on a programme’s gender transformative and positive youth development practices. It provides guiding questions and advice around programme design, implementation and evaluation. Read more here. (PDF)

News and developments

The African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) received a record 750 abstracts for its 8th biennial conference at the end of March. More information here.

Earlier this year, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs held its annual Global Food Security Symposium in Washington D.C. It focused on the importance of global food security for peace and prosperity. An interactive version of the Council's report is here

CGIAR’s Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) has created a Mendeley Group for discovering and sharing online resources in the fields of A4NH. You can contribute resources and join the discussion, along with over 300 others, here.

How should we handle the data that we collect? Many organisations and teams face this increasingly important question. Oxfam have developed a free training pack on responsible data management that is worth exploring. Access it here.

Feedback Labs will be hosting its third annual Feedback Summit on November 2-3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Registration and applications for session pitches are now open.

This New York Times article considers the links between climate change and women. It discusses the women caught on the front-lines of climate change. Read more here.

Jobs and opportunities

WorldFish is currently recruiting for a Research Program Leader (Sustainable Aquaculture) to be based in Penang, Malaysia.
In 2012 the ALINe team joined the strategy consulting company Firetail Limited, complementing Firetail's work with a dedicated practice stream.
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Originally sent on 20 July 2017.