DPMI Plus Deliverables Cover Sheet Internship with Mercy Corps
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DPMI Plus Deliverables Cover Sheet: Internship with Mercy Corps, Colombia Deliverable #1: Agenda / Curriculum Plan The Mercy Corps Landmines team conducted a week‐long capacity development workshop for local partners on conducting a baseline study for the landmines program, including the basics of monitoring and evaluation. This deliverable is the agenda and curriculum plan for the workshop, developed in cooperation with my supervisor and other team members. The deliverable reflects concepts learned in the group facilitation module of DPMI, such as participatory methods, facilitating small groups, and dynamic activities. The content of the workshop includes concepts and tools for Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation learned in DPMI Module 1. Tools used during the workshop include the Logical Framework, Indicator Plan, and Work Plan. Deliverable #2: Indicator Plan During the capacity development workshop, the Mercy Corps team worked with local partners to develop an indicator plan for the landmines program. I worked with the Rehabilitation component team, facilitating the participatory development of key questions and methods for gathering information on the indicators. Once the indicator plan was consolidated for the three main components, I examined the plan as a whole and made comments, which have been left highlighted because my supervisor didn’t have the chance to respond to the suggestions. This deliverable utilizes concepts learned during DPMI module one. In developing the indicator plan we referred to the program Logical Framework and indicators. We also considered various tools for gathering information on the indicators, such as surveys and focus groups. In refining the baseline indicators and key questions, we relied heavily on concepts regarding constructing and assessing indicators, practiced during Module 1. Deliverable #3: Baseline Survey In conjunction with Mercy Corps’ partners and with the help of some program participants, we developed a survey to gather baseline information on landmine survivors’ socio‐economic situations, families, education, and rehabilitation. This survey was tested during a pilot study in the village of Cocorná, Antioquia, with 7 landmine survivors, including children, women, and men. I then worked with program partners at the Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas and Mercy Corps program and technical staff to correct problems and refine the survey, in line with technical and informational needs. The concepts learned in Module 1 of DPMI were helpful in the construction of the survey because we based the survey questions on the measurable indicators in the mines program Logical Framework. We had to make sure all needed information would be captured in a way that is valid, reliable, and replicable for further evaluation activities. In addition, we strove to make the process participatory both in implementation and systematization, without making the analysis and monitoring too cumbersome for Mercy Corps program and technical staff. Deliverable #4: Baseline plan To organize the next steps to complete the baseline study, I compiled a plan listing the information needed in addition to that compiled in the baseline survey, according to key questions based on the indicator plan; the methods for obtaining this information; and the sources of information. This plan is in excel, with the first sheet organized by key question, and the second sheet organized by baseline tool. This plan is based on program evaluation concepts covered in Module 1 of DPMI. It was developed directly from the measureable indicators for the program and is meant to be replicable for both mid‐term and impact evaluations. Deliverable #5: Logical Framework for European Commission Proposal I served on the team to develop a proposal for the European Commission to prevent child recruitment into armed groups and help reintegrate former child soldiers. This logical framework is the result of collaboration with the program director and other team members. To develop this deliverable I drew on the lessons learned in the first week of DPMI, including creating and interpreting logical frameworks and constructing indicators. Deliverable #6: Video, Facilitation of Training Workshop for Sports for Change Program Mercy Corps’ Sports for Change program uses yoga and soccer to increase gender awareness and combat child labor among at‐risk youth. The program is implemented by partner organizations, who work directly with the youth participants. I conducted three day‐long capacity development workshops with facilitators of the program on the basics of teaching yoga, benefits for at‐risk youth, tips and counter‐indications when working with specific populations, constructive group facilitation, and incorporating overarching themes into yoga and soccer activities. For this activity I drew on lessons for group facilitation, learned during DPMI week 3. I incorporated various techniques such as participatory learning, learning by teaching, and active listening. In this way the participants and I learned from each other and were able to build upon our collective knowledge to improve this component of the Sports for Change program.