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Summary  of  Quarterly  Accomplishments  -­‐  July:   •

GP  Connect!  represented  by  team  and  leadership  at  the  National  Conference  of   Volunteerism  at  New  Orleans  

 

  Phillip Mlanda and Alejandro Bonilla representing the team in New Orleans   •

GP  Connect  –  SFP  team  retreat  Washington  DC  in  June  2011  resulted  in  creations   of  Cross  Functional  teams  working  on  following  areas:    

i) Organizational  Structure  and  Role  Clarification   ii) Sustainability   of   Global   PeaceMakers   and   Alternative   Break   programs,   while   enhancing  the  spirit  of  social  entrepreneurship  within  the  organization   iii) Technical  Guidelines  for  International  CDD  Projects    

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Global  Peace  Connect  and  Service  For  Peace  team  members  in  Washington  D.C.  June  16  

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GP  Connect!  local  office  registered  in  Brazil  and  Paraguay.      

GP   Connect!   working   with   SFP   Latin   American   Regions   on   community   needs   assessments.  

GP  Connect!  providing  technical  support  for  the  Global  Peace  Convention  2011   Mongolia   tree   plantation   project   to   ensure   adaptation   of   Community   Driven   Development  approach.  

                 

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Kenya   team   successfully   completed   participatory   needs   assessment   survey   in   Dagoretti  community.    

  Elaine Wacuka presenting during a workshop in Kenya

  I. Community  Assessments     One   key   priority   of   Global   Peace   Connect   over   the   last   few   months   has   been   carrying   out   Community   Assessments.   Completing   a   needs   assessment,   or   analysis   of   any   situation,  helps  community  members  identify  their  desires,  needs,  or  problems  and  rank   them   in   order   of   priority.   Discussion   of   items   on   the   list   of   priorities   leads   to   better   understanding   of   the   challenges   and   opportunities   within   the   community.   GP   Connect   has   successfully   facilitated   this   process   in   four   communities:   Nepal,   Brazil,   Kenya   and   Paraguay.     In   order   for   GP   Connect   to   offer   effective   assistance   to   any   Community   Driven   Development  project,  we  have  to  start  by  really  getting  to  know  the  community.  Where   does  the  water  come  from?  Where  do  people  get  their  food?  What  is  the  basis  of  the   community’s   economy?   What   was   this   locality   like   25   years   ago?   Where   is   this   community   headed   in   the   future?   With   detailed   profiles   of   these   communities,   long-­‐

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range  plans  are  being  made  based  on  accurate,  comprehensive  information  and  on  the   understanding,  agreement  and  involvement  of  the  members  of  the  community.       Key   accomplishments   in   these   four   countries   include   conducting   participatory   analysis   activities  such  as  community  needs  assessments,  resource  mapping,  seasonal  calendars   and  priority  ranking.  These  activities  helped  project  participants  to  conceptualize  their   resources   and   needs,   and   realize   the   impact   their   everyday   lives   have   on   their   community.     For  instance,  in  Kenya,  we  have  done  a  thorough  community  assessment,  which  led  to   identification  of  opportunities  and  challenges  in  Kariobangi  community.  A  participatory   needs  assessment  revealed  some  of  the  key  concerns  in  Kariobangi  community  as  high   unemployment,   lack   of   adequate   security,   limited   education,   poor   sanitation   and   housing.   So   what?   GP   Connect   then   plays   a   capacity   building   role   through   technical   assistance  in  creating  a  detailed  action  plan  with  the  community  members  in  order  to   move  from  analysis  to  action.       II. Role  of  GP  Connect!  in  capacity  building:     GP   Connect!   mainly   enhances   the   concept   of   organizational   development,   organizational   effectiveness   and/or   organizational   performance   management   that   is   done   in   for-­‐profits.   Our   efforts   include   a   range   of   approaches,   mainly   supporting   collaboration  with  other  nonprofits.     GP  Connect  focuses  primarily  on  research  and  information-­‐sharing.  It  is  the  connecting   point  for  the  CDD  projects  worldwide.  Project  directors  request  assistance/feedback  on   specific  development  issues  and  GP  Connect!    is  also  proactive  in  sharing  breakthroughs   and  ideas  among  the  different  organizations  and  communities.    

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For  example,  In  Nepal,  the  SFP  director,  Saroj,  has  introduced  goat  farming  as  a  way  of   improving   the   quality   of   life   in   Nepalese   communities.   In   a   community,   one   family   receives   one   goat,   and   the   milk   from   the   goat   can   have   a   significant   impact   on   the   family’s   nutrition   and   health.   Within   the   community,   as   baby   goats   are   born   they   are   provided  to  other  families.  The  role  of  GP  Connect  will  be  to:       i) Work   with   Saroj   to   compile   a   full   report   on   how   the   project   was   started,   costs   involved,  challenges  faced,  the  current  status  of  the  project,  future  plans  etc     ii) Conduct  research  on  similar  projects  throughout  the  world  and  prepare  a  report  on   the   benefits   of   this   kind   of   goat   farming   and   how   it   can   be   most   successfully   introduced  and  developed.     iii) Provide  feedback  to  Saroj  on  how  his  project  can  be  improved.     iv) Look  specifically  at  countries  where  GPFF/SFP/etc  are  active  and  prepare  a  report  on   where  goat  farming  could  be  an  effective  response  to  hunger  and  malnutrition.     GP  Connect!  is  therefore  directly  connected  to  specific  CDD  projects  and  offers  feedback   on   how   ongoing   projects   can   be   improved   and   developed.   At   the   same   time,   GP   Connect   shares   this   information   (not   simply   raw   info   but   structured   reports   and   proposals)  with  all  of  the  CDD  projects  around  the  world.       GP   Connect!   is   an   active   member   of   the   Building   Bridges   Coalition.   Its   role   is   spearheading  the  social  media  efforts  of  the  coalition  and  getting  all  the  300+  member   organizations   connected   in   their   respective   fields   of   volunteerism.   One   of   the   ways   that   GP   Connect!   enhances   this   endeavor   is   through   hosting   and   leading   webinars,   giving   information  on  the  best  practices  and  tools  to  use  in  promoting  volunteerism  across  the   globe.       III.  Role  of  GP  Connect!  in  Impact/Evaluation    

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Evaluations   are   systematic,   objective   studies   conducted   periodically   or   on   an   ad   hoc   basis  to  assess  how  well  a  program  is  working.  They  help  managers  determine  if  timely   adjustments   are   needed   in   program   design   to   improve   the   rate,   or   quality,   of   achievement   relative   to   the   committed   resources.     These   studies   vary   depending   on   their  focus.       Types  of  Evaluation     •

Formative  Evaluation:  focus  on  program  improvement    

Summative   Evaluation:   Focus   on   determining   the   efficacy   of   the   program/intervention;  typically  used  by  funders  to  make  resource  decisions    

Process/Implementation:  

Process  

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implementation  and  operation  (formative)   •

Outcome/Impact:    Measurement  of  the  extent  to  which  a  program  achieves  its   outcome-­‐oriented  objectives  including  the  degree  to  which  the  observed  results,   intended   or   not,   are   caused   by   program   activities   and   how   much   might   have   been  observed  without  the  program  (summative)  

Cost-­‐Benefit/Cost-­‐Effectiveness:  Methods  for  studying  the  relationship  between   project  costs  and  outcomes  (summative)  

  Impact  Definition     •

Outputs:   Indicators  of  activities  conducted  through  the  intervention  or  program.   For  example,  number  of  people  trained,  or  educational  materials  developed.  

Outcomes:  Changes  or  benefits  resulting  from  activities  and  outputs.  Programs   typically   have   multiple,   sequential   outcomes,   sometimes   called   the   program's   outcome  structure.      “Short   term”   or   proximal   outcomes   are   the   changes   most   closely   associated  with  or  "caused"  by  the  program's  outputs.    

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 “Intermediate”   outcomes   are   changes   thought   to   result   from   the   achievement  of  the  short-­‐term  outcomes.      "Longer  term”  or  distal  outcomes  are  the  results  thought  to  follow  from   the  achievement  of  the  intermediate  outcomes      

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