M&E Thursday Talk – Thinking Through M&E in a Tech Enabled World – 02.25.16

On February 25 DME for Peace was pleased to host an M&E Thursday Talk with Linda Raftree and Michael Bamberger, who discussed Thinking Through M&E in a Tech Enabled World.

This Talk focused on supporting evaluators who are new to the use of technology as they think through potential biases and questions of safety, security, privacy, and accessibility. The discussion also addressed ethical implications of new technology in the field of M&E, particularly in complex and conflict environments.



M&E Thursday Talk: Thinking Through M&E in a Tech-Enabled World from DME for Peace on Vimeo.

Read a summary of the webinar, here.

About the Speakers: 

Linda Raftree has worked at the intersection of community development, participatory media, youth, gender, and information and communication technologies (ICT) since 1994. She advises The Rockefeller Foundation’s Evaluation Office on the use of ICTs in monitoring and evaluation and worked for many years with Plan International USA on youth engagement, innovation, transparency and overall strategy. She has conducted research on adolescent girls and ICTs for UNICEF and Girl Effect Mobile, the role of ICTs in child/youth migration for the Oak Foundation, mobile technologies and youth workforce development for the mEducation Alliance, ICT-enabled monitoring and evaluation for Rockefeller, and communications strategies for NYU’s Center on International Cooperation. Linda is a co-founder of Regarding Humanity, which encourages debate and dialogue around the portrayal of ‘the poor’ in the media, social impact work, and non-profit marketing. She runs Technology Salons in New York City and advocates for ethical approaches to ICT use and data privacy in the humanitarian and development space. Linda writes ‘Wait… What?,’ a blog about new technology and community development; and created (link is external), a commentary on techno-utopianism and privilege.

Michael Bamberger has a Ph.D in Sociology from the London School of Economics.  He has 45 years of experience in development evaluation including 13 years working with NGOs in Latin America.  During his 23 years with the World Bank he was coordinator for monitoring and evaluation in the Urban and Regional Development Department, training coordinator for the Asia region and Senior Sociologist in the Gender and Development Department. Since retiring from the Bank in 2001 he has worked as an independent consultant specializing in development evaluation with a focus on gender and equity-focused evaluation .  He has consulted with UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, UN Women, the African and Asian Development Banks,  the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, AusAID and EvalPartners.  He is currently an advisor on evaluation to the Evaluation Office of the Rockefeller Foundation, a member of the international advisory panel of the  Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP, and a member of UN Women’s evaluation advisory panel.

Recent publications include RealWorld Evaluation: Working under Budget, Time, Data and Political Constraints (2012 with Jim Rugh and Linda Mabry); Introduction to Mixed Methods in Impact Evaluation (InterAction 2012); Engendering M&E (World Bank 2013); How to Design and Manage Equity Focused Evaluations (2011 with Marco Segone (UNICEF); Emerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled World” (2014 with Linda Raftree) and Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation: A practical guide (with Jos Vaessen and Estelle Raimondo 2016).

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