OVC Workshop Held in Tanzania

Twenty-five participants from Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania gathered in Zanzibar to attend a Data Demand and Use (DDU) Workshop related to the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in their countries.

Twenty-five participants from Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania gathered in Zanzibar to attend a Data Demand and Use (DDU) Workshop related to the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in their countries. The workshop, held March 12-16, 2012, was the first of its kind to integrate DDU with geographic information systems (GIS) concepts and tools, while simultaneously focusing on OVC.

The workshop aimed to make participants familiar with the OVC-related data existing in their countries and to provide them with the tools and skills to use these data and apply them to OVC priorities. Participants benefitted from the workshop’s practice-based format, where about half of the time was devoted to teaching about DDU tools and the other half focused on actually using these tools, such as GIS mapping. In order to design workshop sessions around the participants’ needs, MEASURE Evaluation staff conducted pre-workshop interviews with participants to understand their knowledge and skill levels.

Key actions participants took during the workshop included determining priority steps for improving DDU across OVC stakeholders and needs in their countries, and discussing and developing next steps to integrate other data sources into program planning and decision making. Participants also focused on strengthening their capacity to use GIS to improve data use and integrating this skill into their action plans.

MEASURE Evaluation staff members plan to conduct in-country follow-up with participants later this year. This follow-up will help monitor participants’ progress and their use of the data tools discussed in the workshop. Meanwhile, remote technical assistance will be provided to support country teams in applying various aspects of DDU concepts and implementation of the action plans developed during the workshop.