Change in ICT Practice


By mygemadmin - Posted on 19 April 2010

GEM also leads you to reflect on values, approaches and practices of using ICTs.

  • Capacity building

There are many available resources that can help you develop ICT plans that address the specific needs and demands of your organisation, both in the short- and long-term frames. One such resource, the ItrainOnline, a collaboration between APC WNSP and five other international organisations, can be accessed on the web. It contains a wide selection of the most relevant computer and internet training resources for development and social change. You can access all the materials at http://www.apc.org/english/capacity/ training/index.shtml (To learn more about ItrainOnline, visit its website http://www.itrainonline.org/)

APC WNSP and its partners have also developed training materials specifically developed for and about women on different ICT skills like web development, email based communications, building online communities as well as training resources on using ICT for advocacy work. You will find these resources at:

 

  • ICT Policy Advocacy

One of GEM's objectives is to use the findings of the evaluations to inform APC WNSP's advocacy work. Lessons from evaluations of organisations involved in advocacy can form the basis for policy recommendations because those evaluation results are primary research materials. They can be used as inputs in national, regional or global ICT policy debates or for lobby work on particular approaches to ICT development interventions. Taken collectively, advocacy at various levels can lead to changes in ICT programming and practice.

Take a look at different ICT policies and find out how you may contribute to advance them:

 

  • Research and critical understanding

Evaluation results can point to areas of your work that require additional research. This can be a research undertaking or may simply be a study of what previous work has been done on a specific field. Evaluation results can start a learning process that will build your organisation’s critical expertise in a particular field of work. They can also be used to test and advance analytical frameworks that inform gender equality and ICTs for social change work.

  • Sharing best practices and lessons learned

Many organisations, donors, development agencies, academic institutions and government departments are looking for information about what ICTs for gender equality and development projects are working on and why. Using evaluation results as materials to document best practices and lessons learned and sharing this information builds up a pool of critically needed reference materials which can be used as models for scaling up similar initiatives.

  • Resource mobilisation

Evaluation results can also be used for fundraising. Evaluation reflects a track record and experience of working in a particular area. At a broader level, evaluation results can demonstrate the need for resources to be committed to gender and ICT work.

Food for Thought: Developing a Communication Strategy

Because evaluations are sources of learning and pave the way for improvement, it follows that evaluation findings should reach a broader audience. They should be popularised and used in many aspects of your organisation’s work, for example, in advocacy or public education. Thus, evaluation results empower not only a project’s stakeholders but other publics as well.

Evaluation findings can be used to communicate and build relationships with your constituencies – the communities you work with, other NGOs, development agencies, donors, etc. In fact, a participatory approach to evaluation requires feedback on the results from all those involved in a project. Sharing these results in networking forums – electronic discussion groups or face-to-face meetings can improve contacts between your organisation and others involved in similar endeavours. Video presentations, learning networks and creative use of other media can generate avid interest in your work, as well.

Evaluation results can be used to advocate your organisation’s work; to raise awareness about what you do and why. Making them available to the public through pamphlets, websites, press releases, etc. increases your organisation’s exposure by giving the general public a forum to affirm or critique your work which in turn encourages your organisation to improve.

Your findings can also provide media with story ideas related to gender and ICT issues or be used as basis for articles in newsletters, journals and annual reports.

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