4th Wheel has received a grant by the Swedish Institute (www.si.se) to design and conduct a workshop on ‘Identifying contextualized indicators to measure the Sustainable Development Goals in India’. Expected results of the workshop are an improved understanding among participants on measuring SDGs and indicator development; and an exchange of knowledge and best practices on assessing impact of social programs. It shall focus on orienting participants to innovative research methods, analysis techniques and using results to strengthen social programs in India. The daylong workshop will result in open-source documents outlining impact indicators relating to health, education and skill development programs in India.
Impact evaluation is a a much-talked about subject among development organisations in India. While the subject is popular, capacity building, knowledge sharing and training opportunities are scarce. The workshop will be a good platform to discuss challenges, successes and best practices in impact measurement in the Indian context, and come up with collaborative ways to move forward in achieving the SDGs. Here are five reasons you must attend!
One of the critical drawbacks of impact evaluation in our country is the concept being an ‘after thought’. While things are changing, most organisations still conduct evaluations after the program has concluded or much after the program has begun. This restricts understanding of ‘why’ and ‘how’ the program functioned over the course of its ‘life cycle’. The workshop will orient participants to the concepts of ‘Theory of Change’ and ‘Results Based Management’, while offering practical solutions to building them for your organisation
2. DISCUSS ‘Data for SDGs’ in the Indian context
The heightened importance of data and its availability for measuring and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) progress is gaining momentum. It is believed that shared goals and metrics among stakeholders will provide a coherent narrative for action, mobilize all actors involved in a particular area, galvanize the community to develop clear strategies for implementation, raise the levels of available finance and spur innovations and technologies needed to implement them. The workshop shall facilitate discussions on the challenges faced for data generation and offer solutions towards strengthening availability and sharing of data.
3. IMPROVE professional capacities on indicator development
The workshop will host three accomplished knowledge leads from renowned organisations who will share their experiences with impact evaluation and indicator development. Based on their sessions, group work will involve reviewing the global indicator framework developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), with a focus on SDG 3, SDG 4, and SDG 8. Participants will develop/review their own ToCs and corresponding indicators, with a focus on recognising causal pathways, assumptions and contextual factors.
4. CONTRIBUTE to develop open source documents on usable indicators
The one day workshop will result in three open source documents defining key impact indicators which must be considered while working on programs related to Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, Goal 4: Quality Education and Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Each of the three identified SDGs will be analysed in terms of their specific sub-indicators defined by IAEG-SDGs. These shall be good lists of contextualised indicators as proposed by development practitioners and sectoral experts, and will promote the idea of effective monitoring and evaluation systems.
5. STRENGTHEN your professional network
The workshop will bring together development practitioners involved in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating social programs in India. Participants will be invited/selected on the basis of their current professional engagements and interest in the topic. The day is planned with many interactive sessions, icebreakers and networking opportunities. It would be a great opportunity for you to showcase your organization’s work, garner innovative ideas and solutions to strengthen your social development efforts and have considerable opportunities for networking and long-term partnerships.