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Estrategias nacionales para la Sociedad de la Información en América Latina y el Caribe

BUSTOS, Sebastián
FERRAZ, João Carlos
March 2005

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In order to take advantage of the benefits and opportunities offered by ICTs, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have established and implemented projects, policies and strategies to make an efficient transition towards the Information Society. The objective of this work is to review these efforts developed within the public agenda of 13 selected countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela

Electronic immunisation registry and tracking system in Bangladesh


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This report summarises the 2001 development of a new computerised information system to register, schedule and track the immunisation of children, which was introduced by the Department of Public Health in Rajshahi City Corporation, Bangladesh. While no direct funding was provided for it, the assumed cost was not more than US $5000. The author concludes that system has been working well for the past three years. He also notes that the utilisation of ICTs in poor countries should be targeted at those intermediaries (such as health workers) who play a key role in the lives of the poor through high-contact service delivery. Empowering those workers and helping improve the effectiveness of their service delivery will do more for the poor than any number of e-government portals

Ten steps to a results-based monitoring and evaluation system : a handbook for development practitioners

ZALL, Jody Kusek

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This is a comprehensive introduction to results-based monitoring and evaluation, illustrating ten essential steps to designing, building and sustaining an effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. The ten steps are: conducting a readiness assessment, agreeing on outcomes to monitor and evaluate, selecting key indicators to monitor outcomes, baseline data on indicators, selecting results targets, monitoring for results, role of evaluations, reporting findings, using findings and sustaining the M&E system within the organisation. Properly implemented, this model will provide essential information feedback for policymakers but also help project managers to assess the effectiveness of their organisations and their programmes

Safe love, safe life : youth-for-youth HIV/AIDS prevention in the Balkans


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This document outlines aims and progress of an IPPF project, 'Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Human Rights for Youth and Adolescents in the Balkans'. The project took a holistic approach to prevention, accommodating for and responding to a plurality of youth needs, addressing issues such as discrimination, prejudice, rights and gender and integrating HIV and AIDS into the discussion of overall sexual health. Lessons learnt include the need to create a network among NGOs; to reach socially excluded young people; to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS as everyone's problem; to make a greater use of the media and to be prepared to work with other NGOs. This report will be useful reading for anyone working in HIV prevention projects, especially for NGOs operating in the Balkans

So you want to consult with children? A toolkit of good practice

International Save the Children Alliance
November 2003

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This toolkit is designed to be a flexible tool for people who want to involve children of all ages in discussion about issues that affect them, but don’t know how to do so. It does not list practical activities but rather makes suggestions on what needs to be done to ensure that such exercises have a good chance of success. It addresses issues around how to make sure that children feel that their views and opinions have been listened to and respected. What can be done to ensure that the children involved are safe and protected at all times? How can children and adults be equal partners in representing an organisation, country or delegation to a formal meeting? The main topics covered include organising a consultation or meeting with children, planning a prepatory meeting with and for children, having children on your delegation, the role of adults in creating an enabling environment, ensuring children are safe and protected, and ensuring quality follow up

Population movement and HIV/AIDS : the case of Ruili, Yunnan, China

HSU, Lee-Nah
August 2003

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This paper evaluates a programme in Ruili in south-west China. It looks at how the population movements driven by development contribute to the HIV epidemic in the area and its implications for the programme. It aims to identify policy and programme instruments which could reduce development-induced vulnerabilities and increase resilience

Water supply and sanitation access and use by physically disabled people : revised inception report

JONES, Hazel
July 2003

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This report was produced at the end of phase 1 of the Knowledge and Research project : water supply and sanitation access and use by physically disabled people. The findings of phase 1 are built upon to produce this inception report for phase 2 of the project. The report describes phase 1 of the project and its findings. It summarises the implications of these findings and the key issues to be addressed in phase 2 of the project. It gives the project logical framework, workplan, and Output ot Purpose summary report

Comunicación sin fronteras : un proyecto de universalización de las tecnologías de información y comunicación en Costa Rica

HIDALGO, Christian
April 2003

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The document analyses the 'Communication Without Borders' programme - a proposal developed in the Republic of Costa Rica in 2003 to incorporate new technologies into the life of the citizens. It examines the programme as it works in reality, showing the difference between the ideal model and the one executed. It makes recommendations around policy issues, institutional change and infrastructure development

Tygerberg Children's Hospital and Rotary Telemedicine Project


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The Tygerberg Children's Hospital and Rotary Telemedicine Project in South Africa uses computers and email to link specialists from Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town to doctors in more remote community or district hospitals, in an effort to improve health care in rural areas. This article provides an exploration of the project's success

Sleeping on our own mats : an introductory guide to community-based monitoring and evaluation

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October 2002

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Community-based monitoring and evaluation is a tool for building communities' capacity so that they can make their own choices about their development. A participatory approach which aims at community empowerment is essential to the sustainability of community development projects. The document outlines a monitoring and evaluation system (or 'how to') in five stages, from preparation to final re-appraisal. It also describes key operational tools and how to use them as training exercises. They include a 'signs of well-being' table, internal organisations chart, external organisation chart, activity monitoring table, meeting calendar and service provider agreement. It is intended for trainers, community workers and practitioners wishing to use monitoring and evaluation activities as a resource for capacity building and community empowerment

Background papers : analysis of evaluation reports of six CBR projects

October 2002

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This report presents an analysis of evaluation reports from six CBR projects in six countries through a number of standard key elements. The key elements used for reviewing the different evaluation reports have been grouped together in four categories: national policy & legislation; referral services; general aspects of CBR; and, participation. This resource is useful for anyone interested in CBR evaluations
Reviewing CBR, International Consultation

Estado del arte de los telecentros de Latino América y el Caribe

February 2002

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This document summarises the 'Telecentros' project, supported by the PAN program (Centro Internacional de Investigación para el Desarrollo - CIID). It includes experiences of ICT use in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing details of the lessons learned about training, security, maintenance of the equipment, financing and appropriation of new technologies, among other issues

Notes to accompany ALPS


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Detailed description of the central themes and strategies around ActionAid's innovative Accountability, Learning and Planning System (ALPS)

Comprehensive participatory planning and evaluation

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December 2000

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This publication aims to assist individuals and organisations in planning and evaluating interventions in a flexible, comprehensive and participatory manner. Comprehensive participatory planning and evaluation (CPPE) makes use of both casual and dynamic models and offers a high degree of participation, with increased sense of self-esteem and ownership. It is implementation-orientated and can be applied to a number of situations, including programmes and projects. This guide is clearly written, and the CPPE approach is effectively illustrated in simple steps. Covers a range of topics, including problem assessment, intervention identification, planning, setting up a monitoring and evaluation system and proposal writing. The annexes contain two case studies, practical suggestions for planning workshops and a useful checklist

Children and participation : research, monitoring and evaluation with children and young people

SAVE THE CHILDREN UK. Development Dialogue Team

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This book is about participatory information gathering in the process of research, monitoring and evaluation with children and young people. It describes participatory methods of information gathering with children, including drawing, role play, photography and video-making. It also guides teachers, project planners and practitioners towards other sources of information

Utilization-focused evaluation in Africa

September 1999

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This training document contains a series of lectures on utilization-focused evaluation. This approach assumes that the value of an evaluation rests not simply on the quality of its findings but also on an adequate utilization of the review process and its results. Good evaluations have the effect of building capacity, ensuring proper use of evaluation process and findings, and not merely producing reports. At every stage of the evaluation process, from design to data collection, analysis and report writing, the evaluators need to be aware of the intended use by intended users. This is a useful resource for those wishing to explore alternative approaches to evaluation, and willing to maximise the impact and benefits of monitoring and evaluation activities

Programming and evaluation for psychosocial programmes

AGER, Alastair

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Resources supporting the planning and implementation of humanitarian and development assistance projects are relevant for the planning of psychosocial programmes. The principles are described in this short paper and these are addresses two questions: "What are we seeking to achieve?" and "What is the best way of going about this?". Logical framework analysis is applied to psychosocial programmes, including indicators of success. The paper shows that evaluation is best addressed at the planning stage. With commitment, imagination and foresight many of the principles outlined can be addressed in the most complex circumstances.There is a focus on social aspects, children and participation

ICTs and development : testing a framework for evaluation

YOUNG, Valerie
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This paper reports on a test of a framework for evaluating performance in development activities with information and communications technology (ICT) components. It represents CIDA's contribution to the workshop on 'Evaluating and Implementing ICT strategies for the Information Age' at the Global Knowledge '97 Conference on Knowledge for Development in the Information Age (GK97). Four core characteristics of ICTs form the basis for the conceptual model on which the evaluation framework is based: information; borderless connections; timeliness; and improving cost and benefits



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