27-28 June 2018, New York, USA - Evidence for Children Roundtable

#EvidenceForChildren (incorporating the launch of the Campbell Collaboration-UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti Megamap on Child Welfare in Low and Middle Income Countries)

When: 27-28 June 2018

Where: Ford Foundation, 1440 Broadway, New York City

Registration: Please write to [email protected] 

Event is open to all. Download program pdf here.

Wednesday 27th June (focus on advocacy for more evidence synthesis for children)

08.30-09.00          Registration                                                             

09.00-09.15

 

-Welcome and housekeeping

 

 

- Kerry Albright, Chief Research Facilitation & Knowledge Management, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti (5 mins)

 

 

-Welcome Remarks- the importance of evidence informed decision-making for children in the SDG era

 

- Shahida Azfar, Deputy Executive Director-Partnerships, UNICEF (10 mins)

09.15-09.45

 

Session Theme: The Need for Better Evidence for Children

 

Chair: Laurence Chandy, Director- Division of Data, Research and Policy, UNICEF

 

 

-Why evidence matters in aid agencies today

 

 

- Jodi Nelson, Senior Vice President, Policy & Practice, International Rescue Committee (10 mins)

 

 

 

- The need for an improved evidence architecture for int. development -Q&A incl. Shahida Azfar (10 mins)

 

- Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration (10 mins)

 

09.45-10.15

 

Session Theme: How UNICEF is working to build an evidence culture within the organization

 

Chair: Jeannie Annan, Director of Research & Evaluation, International Rescue Committee 

 

 

-A Vision for Evidence at UNICEF (where we’ve come from and where we hope to go)

 

- Laurence Chandy, Director- Division of Data, Research and Policy, UNICEF (10 mins)

 

 

 

-Why UNICEF co-funded the MegaMap

-Q&A (10 mins)

 

 

- Kerry Albright, Chief Research Facilitation & Knowledge Management, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti (10 mins)

 

10.15- 10.45         Refreshment Break                                              

10.45-12.00

 

Session Theme: Improved Evidence Synthesis, Mapping and Coordination for Children

 

Chair: Ellen Piwoz, Senior Program Officer-Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

 

 

-Launch of the Megamap for Child Welfare in Low and Middle Income Countries 

-Key findings and next steps

 

- Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration (30 mins)

 

 

 

Discussant - IRC reaction and reflections on potential use and complementary initiatives at IRC, particularly in humanitarian contexts

 

- Nicole Behnam, Senior Technical Director of Violence Prevention and Response Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee (15 mins)

 

 

 

Discussant - ECFG reaction and reflections on similarities and differences to ECFG’s own mapping exercise on evidence for children

-Q&A (15 mins)

 

- Ghazal Keshavarzian, Director-Elevate Children Funders Group (15 mins)

 

12.00-13.00  

 

Session Theme: Pioneering evidenceinformed decision-making in government and NGOs’

 

Chair: Priscilla Idele, Deputy Director, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti

 

 

- The need for user-centric approaches.  IRC organizational experiences with evidence mapping approaches to improve programs – using both impact, cost and implementation research

 

- Jeannie Annan, Director of Research & Evaluation, International Rescue Committee

(20 mins)

 

 

 

-Building capacity for evidence synthesis and use in LMIC settings

 

 

- Racha Fadlallah, Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative/Centre for Systematic Reviews of Health Policy and Systems Research (10 mins)

 

 

 

-Working with NGOs and governments in low -income and conflict-affected countries to develop and evaluate innovative approaches  Q&A/Discussion (20 mins)

 

- Lawrence Aber, Global TIES for Children

(10 mins)

 

13.00- 14.00         Lunch                                                                             

14.00-14.45

 

 

Groupwork and interactive session

 -Group Task: How do we stimulate better uptake and use of evidence for designing child-related policy and programs within our own organizations?

 

Facilitator: Dave Algoso, Dave Algoso Consulting

 

14.45-15.00

 

-Quick Feedback to Plenary

-Discussion

 

As above

                 

 

  15.00- 15.30       Refreshment Break                                                

15.30- 16.15

 

Groupwork and interactive session 

-Group Task: What do we need to do to ensure better coordination amongst those commissioning and using evidence for children globally?

 

Facilitator: Sarah Schmidt- Deputy Chief of Party USAID LEARN

 

 

16.15- 16.30

 

-Quick Feedback to Plenary

-Discussion

 

As above

16.30- 16.45

 

-Take home reflections from three

Roundtable participants

 

 

Chair: Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration

- Dwan Kaoukji, Director of Evidence, Girl Effect /Nike Foundation, (5 mins)  

-Karie Brown, Vice President - Grants, Comic Relief (5 mins)  

- Esther Goh, Early Childhood Development Specialist, Bernard van Leer Foundation (5 mins)  

16.45-17.00

 

-Closing Remarks and Next Steps

 

-Laurence Chandy, Director- Division of Data, Research and Policy, UNICEF (15 mins)

17.00

 

-End of day one

 

 

Thursday 28th June (focus on capacity-building and lesson-learning for evidence practitioners)

  09.00- 09.30      Registration                                                              

09.30- 10.30

 

Theme: The Importance of Evidence Synthesis

 

Chair: Annie Duflo, Executive Director, Innovations for Poverty Action  

 

 

 

-Introduction to commissioning and conducting Evidence and Gap Maps (EGMs)

-What EGMs don’t capture

-Q&A (15 mins)

 

-Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration (45 mins)

 

 

  10.30- 11.00      Refreshment Break                                                

11.00- 12.30

 

Groupwork and Interactive Session

 - Chance for workshop participants to have hands on engagement with the MegaMap on Child Welfare in LMIC’s to:

  • find evidence they might not be familiar with and identify how this could help inform what they are doing
 

Facilitator: Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration

 

 
  • find gaps and prioritize the most important/pressing questions to answer in their sectors.
  • give feedback on utility and design
 

 

12.30- 13.30         Lunch                                                                             

13.30- 14.30

 

Theme: Putting the User First

 

Chair: George Laryea-Adjei, Director of Evaluation, UNICEF

 

 

 

-Getting user perspectives built into evidence synthesis for children 

 

- Q&A/Discussion (15 mins)

 

- Taitos Matafeni, Head of Impact, Innovation and Evidence, Save the Children

UK (15 mins)   

- Ekwaro Obuku, Centre Co-ordinator Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation (15 mins) 

-Ajay Kumar Khera, Deputy Commissioner (Child Health and Immunization), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India (15 mins)

14.30- 15.30

 

Theme: The Political Realities of Evidence Uptake

 

Chair: Ian Thorpe, Chief- Learning and Knowledge Exchange, UNICEF

 

 

 

-Evidence Uptake and Ongoing Challenges to Strengthening Evidence-informed Decision making

 

-Q&A/Discussion (15 mins)

 

-Trevor Butterworth, Executive Director-Sense About Science USA (15 mins)

-David Ameyaw, CEO/President, International Center for Evaluation and Development, Andrews University (15 mins)

-Kerry Albright, Chief Research Facilitation & Knowledge Management, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti (15 mins) 

15.30- 15.45

 

Closing Remarks and Takeaways

 

-Jeannie Annan, Director of Research & Evaluation, International Rescue Committee

(5 mins)

 -Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration (5 mins)

 -Kerry Albright, Chief Research Facilitation &

Knowledge Management, UNICEF Office of

Research-Innocenti (5 mins)

15.45

 

Close of Roundtable                        

 

 

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