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WDI, University of Michigan 2014 Webinar Series: Assessing Multidimensional Poverty Impacts
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WDI, University of Michigan 2014 Webinar Series: Assessing Multidimensional Poverty Impacts

What’s your organization’s true impact on poverty reduction? Are you capturing a complete picture of what’s happening, including positive and negative outcomes for all your local stakeholders? How can you prove to investors that your venture is in fact having the positive socio-economic effects that you promised?

5/28/2014
When: 5/28/2014
Contact: Heather Esper

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Assessing Multidimensional Poverty Impacts: Techniques that are Easy-to-Implement and Customizable

What’s your organization’s true impact on poverty reduction? Are you capturing a complete picture of what’s happening, including positive and negative outcomes for all your local stakeholders? How can you prove to investors that your venture is in fact having the positive socio-economic effects that you promised? 

If these questions are keeping you awake at night, this webinar series is for you! Measuring your venture’s impact in a timely fashion is crucial to its ultimate success. Robust assessment is necessary to enhance your venture’s positive impacts, sustain your business and gain more funding!

This webinar series is targeted to development practitioners, managers of social enterprises, impact investors, CSR managers, and evaluation officers. Over three webinar sessions, we will introduce the concept of measuring multiple dimensions of poverty alleviation through qualitative and quantitative methodologies. 

The first webinar will explain the importance of not only measuring the economic impact of a venture, but also changes in capabilities (i.e. knowledge, health, aspirations, self-esteem, empowerment, etc) and relationships well-being (status, social support, social networks, violence, local environment, etc) of local stakeholders including buyers, sellers, and communities.  Such assessments provide a complete picture of a venture’s impact. In the second and third webinars, we will discuss the finer, nuanced details of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to capture these multidimensional impacts using real-world project examples. These techniques can be used across many business sectors and geographies and have been successfully tested and executed by the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI) using The Base of the Pyramid Impact Assessment Framework (BoP IAF). The framework, developed by Dr. Ted London, was featured in the Harvard Business Review. Best practices and challenges will be shared and each webinar will leave adequate time for attendee questions and answers.

The three webinars will be followed by a hands-on Impact Assessment Workshop (location: TBD). In 2013, similar workshops were delivered successfully in New York and Johannesburg. This workshop is being offered again in 2014 due to continued interest and practitioner demand.  Workshop attendees can expect to leave with a customized, actionable plan to measure the multidimensional poverty impacts of their own venture.

Registration is FREE for all three webinars. A registration fee for the Impact Assessment Workshop is still to be determined. Though the webinar series and workshop are designed to fit together, it is not essential (nor required) to attend all of them!  You’re welcome to attend one, two or all of the webinars and hands-on workshop! Please register individually for each webinar that you would like to participate in.

Webinar #1


ENHANCING POVERTY ALLEVIATION PERFORMANCE: THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPLEMENTING MULTIDIMENSIONAL METRICS

May 28, 2014; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT



This webinar will review the importance of measuring your venture’s poverty alleviation effects on local stakeholders such as buyers, sellers, and communities, not just from an economic standpoint but also in terms of their capabilities well-being (i.e. knowledge, health, aspirations, self-esteem, empowerment, etc) and relationships well-being (status, social support, social networks, violence, local environment, etc). We will explain why managers should use a multi-dimensional lens to measure poverty alleviation, as well as share references and examples from other researchers including the Grameen Foundation. Questions from attendees will be addressed after the presentation.

Total running time: 60 minutes (5 min introductions; 20 min WDI; 20 min Grameen Foundation; 15 min Q&A)

Presenters:
  • Heather Esper, Program Manager for Impact Assessment – William Davidson Institute
  • Yaquta Kanchwala Fatehi, Research Associate- Impact Assessment- William Davidson Institute
  • Julie Peachey, Director of Social Performance Management - Grameen Foundation
Once registered, you will receive participation instructions by email. Register now and please feel free to forward this announcement widely.

Webinar #2


ENHANCING POVERTY ALLEVIATION PERFORMANCE: AMPLIFYING THE VOICE OF LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS

June 17, 201411:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT



This webinar will focus on qualitative methods to as
sess multidimensional impacts on all local stakeholders. We will share methods used to assess the poverty impacts of six different ventures including Patrimonio Hoy, Sanergy, SunnyMoney, Honey Care Africa, Villa Andina and Penda Health. We will identify the stakeholders interviewed and our data collection process. Additionally, we will share direct and indirect impacts and the importance of triangulation in this type of assessment. Attendees will learn about the qualitative coding technique and references used, as well as data saturation points. Most importantly, we will review how the framework allowed us to compare and contrast impacts among stakeholders, both within each venture and across multiple ventures. Our guest speaker, from SolarAid’s SunnyMoney, will review how the venture uses qualitative assessments in M&E processes and how the organization has used WDI’s findings to enhance their impacts. Questions from attendees will be addressed after the presentation.

Total running time: 60 minutes (5 min introductions; 30 min WDI; 10 min SunnyMoney; 15 min Q&A)

Presenters:
  • Heather Esper, Program Manager for Impact Assessment – William Davidson Institute
  • Yaquta Kanchwala Fatehi, Research Associate Impact Assessment – William Davidson Institute
  • Kat Harrison: Director of Research & Impact, SolarAid's SunnyMoney
Once registered, you will receive participation instructions by email. Register now and please feel free to forward this announcement widely.

Webinar #3


ENHANCING POVERTY ALLEVIATION PERFORMANCE: QUANTIFYING CHANGES EXPERIENCED BY LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS

Date/Time: TBD

This webinar will focus on quantitative methods to assess multidimensional impacts. We will detail how the Impact Assessment Framework was applied to develop a performance analysis for Danone Ecosystem Fund's Semilla. We will identify stakeholders interviewed and our data collection process. We will also review the methodology, highlighting quantitative survey development, cognitive testing during the pre-test phase, and survey features tested in the pilot. We will share field experiences and data collection best practices. A guest speaker will share his/her organizations’ quantitative assessment experiences. Questions from attendees will be addressed after the presentation.

Total running time: 60 minutes (5 min introductions; 40 min presentation; 15 min Q&A)

Presenters:
  • Heather Esper, Program Manager for Impact Assessment – William Davidson Institute
  • Yaquta Kanchwala Fatehi, Research Associate- Impact Assessment – William Davidson Institute
  • Guest Speaker: TBD
Once registered, you will receive participation instructions by email. Register now and please feel free to forward this announcement widely.

WORKSHOP:

HANDS-ON IMPACT ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP

Date/Time/Location: TBD

To wrap up the series, WDI will hold a two-day hands-on, case-study driven impact assessment workshop where attendees will learn how to measure the multi-dimensional impacts their organizations have on their stakeholders. Come join us for this proven one-of-its-kind workshop. Location and Date will be announced shortly.

The Workshop facilitators have implemented the BoP IAF with private, non-profit and development organizations across Africa, Latin America and Asia. Facilitators will utilize case studies, lead interactive activities, and engage in discussion-based lectures to help attendees gain a better understanding of what is involved in measuring more than just economic impact. Topics to be discussed include: Research design, selecting a sample, survey development, designing a data collection process and analyzing and interpreting data.

During the workshop participants will:
  • Perform an initial assessment of their own organization’s outcomes
  • Learn key issues to consider in implementing a robust and cost effective data collection
  • Leave with a customized, actionable Impact Assessment Plan to share with their team

Each session will build on the one prior. After each session attendees will apply the lessons they've learned, with guidance from the WDI Impact Assessment team.

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