Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA                                                 Swiss Agency for Development an...
Dgroups in the organizationWhen and how is Dgroups used? (Institutionalized) thematic networks communication Preparation...
Dgroups in the organizationTrends and highlights Established tool A high satisfaction by dgroups users (before next.dgro...
Example - SDC Employment andIncome Network I SDC e+i network with 2 sub-groups:  Private Sector Development discussion gr...
SDC e+i network, PSD discussion group                    Screenshot – dgroups SDC e+i network, PSD                    disc...
Structure of a thematic network atSDCdGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz
Example - SDC Employment andIncome Network II Purpose    info-channel (newsletter; messages)    thematic exchange and d...
Useful functionalities in Dgroups Mailing list function Overview of discussion group members Member profiles! Email dir...
What’s unique about e+i networkDgroups? Mixture of internal SDC collaborators and external  specialists from implementing...
How is the group managed?Moderated/non moderated? not censored -> Dgroups slang: non moderated - but  facilitated ;-)Are ...
ReflectionsChallenges More efficient use of the profile function The IT environment at SDC and cooperation offices as  s...
Take Away Message Usability for organizers/facilitators is key (and next.dgroups  has improved) Outsorced resources for ...
Questions for our Peers How do other groups practically use Dgroups? (e.g. online  profiles; archive) How do you use Dgr...
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Presentation by Carmen Eckter and Carsten Schultz (SDC) at the Dgroups Peer Exchange - 16 April 2013

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SDC & Dgroups

  1. 1. Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDCCarmen Eckert (Learning and Networking Processes, Dgroups coordinator)Carsten Schulz (Agridea International, Administrator/facilitator of Dgroup « e+i network, PrivateSector Development discussion group »)16.04.2013Dgroups at SDC
  2. 2. Dgroups in the organizationWhen and how is Dgroups used? (Institutionalized) thematic networks communication Preparation of F2F events (Logistics and Contents) Thematic discussions and exchange about common practices Intra network communication and exchange among network facilitators Institutional informations Creation of ad-hoc discussion groups of two networksdGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz 2
  3. 3. Dgroups in the organizationTrends and highlights Established tool A high satisfaction by dgroups users (before next.dgroups rather negative feedbacks) Trend to shorter and more spontaneaus messages -> work in progress; process orientation within networks Structured e-discussions as main use case -> Search for complementary instruments/innovationsdGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz 3
  4. 4. Example - SDC Employment andIncome Network I SDC e+i network with 2 sub-groups: Private Sector Development discussion group + Vocational Skills Development discussion groupdGroups at SDC| Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz 4
  5. 5. SDC e+i network, PSD discussion group Screenshot – dgroups SDC e+i network, PSD discussion group, 15.04.2013
  6. 6. Structure of a thematic network atSDCdGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz
  7. 7. Example - SDC Employment andIncome Network II Purpose  info-channel (newsletter; messages)  thematic exchange and discussion Membership  SDC collaborators + practitioners; academia, consultants & think tanks Development goal  learning  improvement of development interventions  sharing of good practicesdGroups at SDC| Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz 7
  8. 8. Useful functionalities in Dgroups Mailing list function Overview of discussion group members Member profiles! Email directory! Archive of discussion posts Upload of relevant documents (send by users) StatisticsdGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz
  9. 9. What’s unique about e+i networkDgroups? Mixture of internal SDC collaborators and external specialists from implementing partners, academia, think tanks and other NGOs Quite a big number of members (compared with other SDC Dgroups) Compliance by its members Trust by network focal point; focal point is not facilitating -> outsourcing to backstopping mandate A good team of online facilitators (backstopping mandate)dGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz
  10. 10. How is the group managed?Moderated/non moderated? not censored -> Dgroups slang: non moderated - but facilitated ;-)Are messages curated/translated/re-purposed? 100% authentic; not censored mixed experiences with translated discussions discussion is synthesised not summarisedDoes the discussion group work in combination withother online/offline services? shared website of the e+i network other network website outside SDC (M4P hub, etc.)dGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz
  11. 11. ReflectionsChallenges More efficient use of the profile function The IT environment at SDC and cooperation offices as such The future change on the IT environment at SDC and cooperation offices Suspicious thinking - Dgroups as tool: its from outside the federal admin system From multi-channel communication to a more focused communciation with maybe only 1 platformdGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz 11
  12. 12. Take Away Message Usability for organizers/facilitators is key (and next.dgroups has improved) Outsorced resources for facilitationdGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz 12
  13. 13. Questions for our Peers How do other groups practically use Dgroups? (e.g. online profiles; archive) How do you use Dgroups as community website?dGroups at SDC | Carmen Eckert/ Carsten Schulz 13

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