Today I would like to showcase some of the work I do with my partners of Evaluation & Co on Visual outcome mapping and harvesting. Please find below our UpdateOne:
Why using Outcome mapping?
The organisations we work with on Visual Outcome Mapping have programmes with specific characteristics: They involve a broad range of actors, their objectives focus on changing behaviours, policies and practices of another range of actors, while at the same time it is not clear what exactly could work and how, and the programmes are facing rapidly changing environments. Good old Logframe planning and simple monitoring methods are not particularly helpful in these cases. For these problems dynamic, flexible design, monitoring and evaluation methods are needed that pay heed to the uncertainty of ‘not knowing’ and to the different perspectives on solutions and problems. Outcome mapping is such a method. Read more
Does one image say more than a thousands words?
In many organisations written words are the lifeline of policies, practices, learning, reporting and communications. This is how we have been educated. But there are other, and sometimes more effective or relevant, ways of sharing lessons, ideas and results for example through visuals. A large group of people learn better through seeing things. Visuals like pictures and videos provide information that words and texts alone cannot, like attitudes, images of situations, spheres etc.. Read more
Monitoring is the new ‘evaluation’
Currently, we are supporting an advocacy organisation in The Netherlands in their efforts to monitor and learn from one of their programmes. Their problem was that they were so hooked up in their daily work that even a simple joint reflection on what has been achieved was postponed time and again. So they have beautiful plans but no time to look back, reflect and take stock. Sounds familiar, isn’t it?
Fortunately the team leader realised that they would loose many opportunities for learning and asked us to facilitate the monitoring process. This was also something relatively new for us: We were educated with the notion that monitoring is for internal learning and reflection and is best done by the organisations themselves, while outsiders (evaluators like us) conduct mid- and end-term evaluations. Read more
Wemos – Visual Outcome Mapping for the HRH Alliance
In 2012 we supported Wemos – a Dutch Health NGO – in developing a 3-year planning and monitoring trajectory (2013-2015) for one of their networks ‘the Human Resources for Health Alliance’. This alliance attempts to promote – within the Netherlands – the WHO Code of Practice on ethical international recruitment of health personnel and to facilitate the strengthening of health systems.
Currently the Netherlands has a health workers surplus. However, in the next decade, the demand is expected to increase sharply as the population ages. This will have consequences for the number of health workers needed, their skills and competences. To avoid shortages of health workers in the future, policy measures have to be developed now. Read more