Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST)
Government of Bihar initiative supported by Department for International Development, UK

 
 

Second Cross-Sectoral Knowledge Sharing Group Meeting

BTAST plans to organise a cross-sectoral knowledge sharing meet on 18th December, 2015. The main purpose of the Cross-sectoral Knowledge Sharing group is to initiate a ‘knowledge sharing forum’.

Event Dates: 
Friday, December 18, 2015
Venue: 
Patna
 

The workshop has been postponed. The new date will be announced soon.

All members of the group are involved in commissioning or undertaking large/small scale surveys/studies, generally with the purpose of monitoring and evaluating interventions in Health, Nutrition and/or WASH.

In the first Cross-sectoral Knowledge Sharing Group meeting held on 8th July 2015 with different development partners and GoB officials revealed the usefulness of, and appetite for, a structured opportunity for programmes to share knowledge, experiences, challenges and lessons learnt. Multiple synergies can be achieved from collaborative working in, for example, study design, products and dissemination plans.  It is also envisaged that the group will be well placed to identify how best the information from large scale surveys such as CCM-2 (DLSS) by BTAST, and other smaller scale surveys/studies can be used, both jointly and individually, for State level planning and advocacy.

It is suggested that a themed approach to meetings would be useful as the Knowledge Sharing Group moves forward.  The first of these themes is Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E).  Representatives of State level programmes will give brief presentations followed by interactive group work/discussions.

Agenda: Time

Topic

Lead

4.00 – 4.30 PM

Registration

 

4:30 – 4:45 PM

Welcome Address and Introductions

BTAST Team Leader

4:45 – 5:00 PM

Purpose of the Cross-sectoral Knowledge Sharing Group and expectations from the Group

BTAST MLE Team

5:00 - 5:30 PM

Overview of Research activities in BTAST: Status and Plan

BTAST MLE Team

5:30 – 6:00 PM

Top line findings from CCM-2 (DLSS)

BTAST MLE Team

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Presentations and Discussions/Group Work on:

  • How M&E enables programmes to be responsive and constantly improving
  • How M&E supports evidence based planning
  • How M&E can help different stakeholders work together effectively

Development Partners

7:30-8:00 PM                        

Closing remarks, future action plans and Vote of Thanks followed by Dinner

BTAST

 

Suggested focus for presentations:

The overarching focus of the presentations and group work is to show and discuss the holistic importance of M&E to programmes i.e. how M&E is more than just counting numbers, and its purpose is more than identifying  progress made towards log frame indicators and targets.

Some suggestions are provided below about the sorts of information, views, examples etc., that you might like to focus on in your presentation.  We hope that this approach will provide an opportunity for you to highlight your work while also building a foundation for some interesting, broader discussions which the wide range of stakeholders who will be attending will be able to join in.

We would like each of the three presentations to last no more than 15 minutes.  This will then allow 45 minutes for the discussion.

Suggested presentation focus (these are suggestions only – not instructions!):

1. How M&E enables programmes to be responsive and constantly improving

  • Information on general programme objectives, indicators & targets
  • What M&E is looking at, why and how
  • How M&E findings (quantitative/qualitative) are fed back to programme team
  • How information obtained through M&E has been used by the programme in terms of design/implementation/adaptation of interventions etc., etc.
  • Benefits and challenges this creates for programme teams

2. How M&E supports evidence based planning

  • Information on general programme objectives, indicators & targets
  • What M&E is looking at, why and how
  • How do you collaborate with GoB (and with which departments)
  • How you disseminate M&E data and to whom
  • How findings are used to build capacity of planners/strengthen the evidence available to planners/policy makers (at national/state/district level)
  • Any examples of change this has brought about would be great

3. How M&E can help different stakeholders work together effectively

  • Information on general programme objectives, indicators & targets
  • What M&E is looking at, why and how
  • Which stakeholders do you engage most closely with e.g. GoB, civil society, development partners etc.
  • How you disseminate M&E data (quantitative and qualitative?) and to whom
  • How information obtained through M&E has been used by different stakeholders (what do they want the information for, how do they use it, do you support them e.g. through capacity building?)
  • Examples of how evidence has enabled different stakeholders to work together collaboratively – what were the outcomes?
  • Benefits and challenges of this way of working