Archive for October, 2011

Some of the team will be meeting in Casablanca to work on joint evaluations together.

Here’s the provisional agenda of the Joint Evaluation workshop. As always, the facilitators will be making changes as needed.


07 Nov

Setting the ground

  • Meeting each other
  • ECB and its role in joint evaluation.
  • Expectations and objectives
  • Evaluation timeline: overview

08 Nov

The broad picture

  • Joint evaluation: purpose and specificities.
  • Frameworks
  • Stakeholders
  • Tools

09 Nov


  • Setting questions
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Drawing good conclusions

10 Nov

Bringing it all together

  • Presenting evaluation findings
  • Capturing and sharing lessons
  • Outline of evaluation process
  • Deployment: practicalities

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Last day of the workshop!

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Workshop photos from Day 2

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Workshop photos from day 1

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After a great and incredibly productive week, with lots of work and lots of fun, our time together came to an end.  We facilitators were hopeful that we met participants expectations. We were able to achieve our objectives for the workshop, which included:

  • learning about agency and sector AIM tools
  • sharing challenges in implementing AIM and reviewing options
  • building the inter-agency multicultural team who will deploy together
  • understanding deployment protocols
  • securing commitments to sharing learning from deployments

The workshop, then, had a final activity, where we tossed a ball of string to each other, each person sharing one sentence (and only one!) about something they learned that week. One participant noted “I learned that there are people who care about accountability to beneficiary communities as much as I do.”

After tossing this ball around several times, we made a web. In the coming months and years, we will rely on each other and support each other in our work. Though we live far apart, we have committed to sharing our learning and experiences through the blog, case studies, phone calls, and more.

Thanks everyone, for a terrific workshop!

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Here were the questions we asked at the workshop that were not covered in the quiz.

QUESTION: Are deployments in country with no ECB consortium a possibility?

ANSWER: We have no immediate plans for this, but assuming other countries request the services and have funds to pay for it, that would be a possibility.

QUESTION: How many people are deployed at a time together?

ANSWER: Two-three.

QUESTION: Can an AIM Adviser deploy with us?

ANSWER: It will depend. Several AIM Advisers are on the ST roster.

QUESTION: Are in-country deployments possible?


QUESTION: If I leave my job or agency, can I still be on the ST team?

ANSWER: Assuming your new employer is an ECB agency, then yes, of course! However your new line manager will have to sign off on this. If you leave the ECB agencies, unfortunately, you will no longer be able to participate.

QUESTION: How should we communicate with our managers to ensure they support our deployments?

ANSWER: Regular communication with them about the ST work and your goals and experiences will be useful. Also your AIM Adviser can help you in this area.

QUESTION: Will there be a ToR when we deploy?

ANSWER: Yes, and you will negotiate it with the country office and your AIM Adviser.

QUESTION: How long is our commitment to the team?

ANSWER: It will be renewed annually.

QUESTION: Are there family deployments?

ANSWER: No. Deployments are only 1-4 weeks.



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So…are you sure you know everything about how deployments work?

Find out by taking this quiz.  Click on the powerpoint to begin!

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Next steps

After this workshop AIM team members will be able to deploy in interagency groups of three. The groups will be mixed level with some more experts joining some will less experience. In the mean time however, it is important to continue to learn and develop and get help and advice from the AIM Advisers. There’s lots out there, so don’t hesitate to reach out the AIM Advisers to find out more.

At the end of the workshop, team members committed to:

  • Include an AIM focus in emergencies, be an AIM champion – Syma
  • Incorporate into my performance plan – Adhong
  • Download and review tools like GEG, JNA, etc –  Faten
  • Brief my manager about this training and my potential deployments – Carla
  • Conduct emergency training including AIM resources and tools – Mariane
  • Include AIM into multi-agency evaluations – Shagufta
  • MC’s AIM framework will incorporate a lot of the lessons / experiences – Shagufta
  • Incorporate AIM tools into all processes – Kadgha
  • Access AIM tools, learn from the Standing Team network – Ajaz
  • Share my AIM / ECB learning with my coworkers, particularly on joint assessments – Tania
  • Share AIM / ECB learning in emergencies in my country, and also into emergency preparedness plan – Fortunato
  • Ensure we adhere to AIM principles at the agency level and with the agency we may deploy to assist  – Ade
  • Collate and document AIM processes in my agency – Mariane
  • Speak with my manager about the implications and next steps with my manager, and sensitize the team on AIM – Faten
  • Continue to learn about AIM!!! – ALL

ECB was requested to provide:

  • Making the Bangla GEG ToT available in English – Arshad
  • Share AIM tools on the blog
  • ToT for the Standing Team on coaching, more training – Syma
  • Keep communication flowing between deployments
Keep learning and exploring!

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