Notes for Sept 14, 2017 EWG Meeting


Members Present
  • Alfredo Fort- IMA World Health
  • Catriona Dejean, Tearfund
  • Dan O’Neill, Christian Journal Global Health
  • Kate Long- Boston University
  • Renata Smith and Frances Rose, KAICIID
  • Sadvhi Saraswati, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance
  • Dean Pallant, Salvation Army (co-chair)
  • Jean Duff, Partnership for Faith & Development – JLI (co-chair); Stacy Nam, JLI

Regrets: Elizabeth Garland, Abagail Nelson, Thomas Lawo, Victor Kazanjian, Mona Bormet, Lincoln Lau


Next steps

  • Moral Imperative Meeting at WCC on Monday at 9 am (RSVP to Tehreem at [email protected] )
  • Develop Work Plan based on guidance from today and Monday
  • Consider adding new case studies to the EWG Guide for Excellence in Evidence; community of practice to learn from others; enhancing local partners capacity for M&E; measuring change by FBOs; measuring SDGs wholistically



Welcome and introductions (Jean)


Member updates  

  • Catriona: focusing on key areas and strategic areas evidence; building on to Lightwheel; currently 15 member team on evidence up from one person 5 years ago
  • Daniel: Christian Journal for Global Health has increased submissions; mentoring researchers from LMICs; partnership with CCIH – last two conferences had research and publication workshops w/ increasing interest to apply this; Best Practices Global Health Missions for medical missions interventions; hoping to add to WHO standards for faith perspective; building an appetite for evidence from sacred texts and increased possible funding
  • Dean: April World Bank Meeting w/ non FB group on how to measure SDGs
    • Gates Foundation call for stories behind the evidence. Need to know how to connect with potential funders
  • Renata &Frances-Rose: Inter-religious Dialogue (IRD) evidence; M&E book on IRD: theoretical and practical ex. Myla from CRS in Philippines
    • Hosted a meeting with EIAP & GHR on evaluating peacebuilding methods; looking at whether IRD have an impact on peacebuilding
  • Alfredo: part of the M&E unit in DC focusing on health systems strengthening evidence; especially with new system DHIS 2; especially useful for reach
    • Other databases w/ useful demographic & Health survey– SARA & SPA
    • Jean: Geneva Healthcare delivery conference

Localisation of Humanitarian Aid- ; list of participants and draft program

  • Kate Long: looking at missions hospitals in India


Discussion & possible next steps

  • Guide to excellence in evidence- Further develop the Guide to Excellence in Evidence so that it is more responsive, accessible and useful to the evidence needs of local users. Augment the library of resources with 6 more examples
  • Within the context of the ongoing refinement of metrics for the achievement of the SDGs, with ever more narrowly defined indicators relating to sub goals, develop a rationale and  concrete recommendations for  the measurement of wholistic outcomes as well.
  • Develop as a  community of practice for joint learning and to accompany members in encouraging excellence in evidence in their  own institutions; structure joint learning activities and increase their accessibility to FB partners from the global south
    • Catriona: global to local perspective –building high level of evidence to influence policy change –how do we help local communities improve evidence
    • Enhancing local partners capacity for measuring
  • Joint learning initiative: community of practice to learn from others
  • Measuring change by FBOs

–  Consider preconference workshops



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