RiPPLE project communication and M&E

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Presentation given at IRC about the communication and monitoring aspects of the RiPPLE programme

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RiPPLE project communication and M&E

  1. 1. RiPPLE Comms M&E Making ducks and drakes & Measuring the effects
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Background information </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>M&E </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background information
  4. 4. Background information <ul><li>The RiPPLE riddle </li></ul><ul><li>The RiPPLE gospel </li></ul><ul><li>Ripples of comms and monitoring riddles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The liquid consortium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 = 1+3+3*2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And a sea of audiences </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Communication
  6. 6. Comms: context <ul><li>10% budget </li></ul><ul><li>A team </li></ul><ul><li>A local face </li></ul><ul><li>A communication strategy </li></ul>
  7. 7. Comms (2): Objectives <ul><li>Enhance learning </li></ul><ul><li>process within/ </li></ul><ul><li>between LPA platforms </li></ul><ul><li>2. Share knowledge to </li></ul><ul><li>influence policy and </li></ul><ul><li>implementation </li></ul><ul><li>3. Develop capacities for comms in the sector </li></ul>
  8. 8. Comms (3): Activities <ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling </li></ul>
  9. 9. Comms (4): results <ul><li>Good reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Wide visibility </li></ul><ul><li>Comms matters (they understood) </li></ul><ul><li>Good backstopping? Certainly good enough for a career move! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Comms (5): challenges <ul><li>Turnover... to our neighbours </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinating Comms & research </li></ul>
  11. 11. Comms (6): Good ideas & lessons learnt <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Early strategic birds </li></ul><ul><li>The team rocks and is a rock </li></ul><ul><li>RiPPLE look and feel, pubs </li></ul><ul><li>Intranet & bulletin </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki’ed up </li></ul><ul><li>Having the coordinator in the team </li></ul>
  12. 12. Monitoring (and learning)
  13. 13. M&E: context <ul><li>A logframe </li></ul><ul><li>No M&E </li></ul><ul><li>Starting the works (1 year later!) </li></ul><ul><li>The : : accountability & learning </li></ul>
  14. 14. M&E (2): Objectives <ul><li>Monitor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LPAs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outputs / Outcomes (Impact) </li></ul><ul><li>M & E go their way, so does R </li></ul>Defined as OVIs/ examples MoV Outputs: Outputs are the tangible deliverables (products or services) that programme activities provide directly, based on inputs (time and money). Case studies and papers written, website published, networks established, training courses provided etc. Measured through Logframe. Outcomes Outcomes are understood as intermediate results from the activities that are beyond the direct control of the programme. In RiPPLE they are related to the three strategic objectives of the programme. Changes in policy and practice, increasing cooperative attitudes between practitioners, improved transparency in financing flows to the sector. Measured through additional tools such as outcome mapping, network analysis etc. Impacts Impacts are understood as the indirect and longer-term results related to the overall goal of the programme. Increased WASH coverage, and WASH facilities implemented are sustainable and affect the living conditions of the poor in the long run. Not measured by RiPPLE.
  15. 15. M&E (3): Activities <ul><li>From logical to monitoring framework </li></ul><ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection </li></ul><ul><li>Compilation </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-term review & evaluation </li></ul>
  16. 16. M&E (4): results <ul><li>First report June 09 </li></ul><ul><li>Good tools for LPA facilitators </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative power </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence-based </li></ul><ul><li>recommendations (YES) </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity built </li></ul>
  17. 17. M&E (5): challenges <ul><li>Turnover </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of support / interest </li></ul><ul><li>in M&E? </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking culture? </li></ul><ul><li>It takes 2 to tango and a lot more to monitor </li></ul>
  18. 18. M&E (6): Good ideas & lessons learnt <ul><li>The team again </li></ul><ul><li>OM: Overly manageable </li></ul><ul><li>The method mix: Pick and choose </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership of M&E? </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination with director and office manager; </li></ul><ul><li>Narratives / stories of change </li></ul><ul><li>The soft effect of process doc </li></ul>

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