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Marketplace Knowledge Exchange Sessions

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Knowledge Exchange

Each Marketplace features a Knowledge Exchange consisting of structured discussions and seminars that engage the finalists and representatives of the development community on key challenges to implementing innovative, small-scale community-based development projects. Good practice in project design, monitoring and risk management, evaluation and capacity building for scale-up or replication are shared and discussed.

DM2007 -- focused on health, nutrition and population -- featured Knowledge Exchange sessions focused on project operations models that can bring-forth long-term financial sustainability; health project training programs; communication models to affect behavior change among project beneficiaries; and strategies to access financial resources and technical assistance during and post-project implementation. Click on each session's title below to download its relevant presentations and handouts.


Sustainable Operational Models    --  Before an organization commences a project, it should have a plan to ensure financial sustainability. This workshop discussed how teams can design and implement a sustainable operating model for their projects. It covered topics including the "value proposition" (the benefits a project offers for clients and donors), key financial factors affecting implementation and other issues that contribute to the success of projects.


* Effective Training for Health Projects -- This session walked participants through the different stages of designing a training program, from  planning and implementation to follow-up and evaluation. The session drew on a range of methods (see the  training methods handout, 'Learning Pyramid' presentation, preparation checklist tool and handouts on facilitation tips and a training summary template) to teach participants how to develop and implement effective training programs. 


* Behavior Change Communication -- Many health projects encourage spec  ific behaviors by communicating with beneficiaries in order to create desired health outcomes. This session provided both a conceptual framework for behavior change communication and practical methods for how projects can effectively change habits and behavior. It helped participants gain an understanding of how effective communication can foster positive behaviors, affect the actions of individuals and groups and maintain desirable behavior among beneficiaries.


Measuring Outcomes -- A results-based monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework is essential in order for projects to successfully grow and scale up. The M&E framework provides implementing organizations with the necessary indicators to evaluate and improve performance. It demonstrates progress to current founders while providing tangible results for future ones to show that the project deserves support. In creating and implementing an M&E framework, one of the major challenges that projects face is identifying appropriate indicators that go beyond simply tracking their project activities to truly measuring their outcomes. This workshop addressed this challenge by providing a basic overview of the key steps involved in measuring results for a health project. It aimed to help participants gain a general understanding of results-based M&E and the different components involved in measuring outcomes for a project (indicators, baselines and targets).


Accessing Resources  --  This session walked participants through the   key considerations for accessing resources (both financial resources and technical assistance) as they implement their project idea. It presented a general overview of how to assess project needs, the kinds of resources available to strengthen project implementation and effective ways to work with resource providers. As part of the session, a funding provider discussed the qualities it looks for when determining which projects to support. 




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