The monitoring, evaluation and learning environment for social accountability seems to be changing. There is a lot of discussion about the value of experimentation, failure, and course-correction. Many funders and practitioners, however, continue to manage their projects with systems that do not support adaptation.
In this webinar we will have a conversation about Policy Forum’s experience navigating “both worlds.” Speakers will share about a high-stakes evaluation that was disappointing to the implementer. They will then talk about how Policy Forum and its partners are rethinking its approach to learning, based on this experience. The webinar will be an opportunity to discuss what it takes to become a “learning organization”, identify challenges, and share some tricks of the trade.
About our guest speakers
Semkae Kilonzo began work at Policy Forum in 2007 as the lead responsible for media, communication and advocacy at the network’s secretariat office as part of the organisation’s desire to see policy analysis information widely disseminated to policy makers, civil society and the general public. He has since assumed the role of Coordinator, heading the Secretariat. He is also on the Steering Committee of the Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation (BTAP). Semkae holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Cardiff University, U.K. and received his earlier media training in Dublin Ireland and the Tanzania School of Journalism. He is also an alumnus of the Public Service Accountability Monitor (Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring Course) of Rhodes University, South Africa. Among his many interests, Semkae is passionate about encouraging public participation in policy making and championing the equitable use of public resources.
Florencia Guerzovich is an independent consultant and Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Advisor at the Global Partnership for Social Accountability. Florencia has worked for Global Integrity and Public Service Accountability Monitor, Open Society Foundations, among other organizations. She is also a collaborating researcher with Grupo de Pesquisa Politeia – Coprodução do Bem Público: Accountability e Gestão, ESAG – Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (Brasil). Florencia has been innovating, connecting, researching, and problem solving for big, complex governance problems since 2000, when she joined the Department of Transparency Policies of the Argentinean Anti-corruption Office. She also served as the Transparency and Accountability Initiative’s Program Officer, Impact and Learning. Florencia earned her PhD in political science from Northwestern University. She also holds a Master in International Relations from FLACSO/Argentina and a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies from Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina.