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Wednesday, September 4 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Pre-Workshop: Big Data and Program Evaluation (Separate registration cost!)

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Does “big data” still seem like something that is out of reach for you and your organization? Join us for a one-day workshop where we will “demystify” big data for evaluators and program managers. We’ll show that there are a wide range of tools and techniques that can be incorporated into evaluations, and we’ll aim to advance discussions on how to build bridges between the evaluation and big data communities.

A core part of the workshop will be the presentation and discussion of case studies illustrating big data and data analytics tools and techniques that are already being used (or tested) in program evaluation, including:

-Satellites and drones
-Mobile phones and phone record analysis
-Economical methods for the collection and analysis of evaluation data that permit significant increases in sample size
-Social media analytics
-Predictive analytics
-Artificial intelligence
-Constructing integrated data bases

The workshop will conclude with a general discussion of the opportunities and challenges for integrating big data into program evaluation and some of the next steps.

You can register for any of our 4 pre-workshops at this link: http://merltech.org/merl-tech-dc-pre-workshops-2019/

Speakers
avatar for Michael Bamberger

Michael Bamberger

Independent Consultant, Independent Consultant
Michael Bamberger, jmichaelbamberger@gmail.com, Independent Evaluation Consultant. 40 years of experience conducting and teaching development evaluation in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and Asia. Working for the past few years on the opportunities and challenges for integrating... Read More →
avatar for Peter York

Peter York

Chief Data Scientist, BCT Partners
Peter York is BCT Partner’s Chief Data Scientist. He has over 20 years of experience in research, evaluation and data analytics, as well as serving as a national spokesperson for social impact and impact measurement issues for the government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors... Read More →
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Kecia Bertermann

Director, Learning and Impact, Luminate
Kecia Bertermann leads evaluation and learning at Luminate, part of the Omidyar Network. Kecia is a mixed-methods research and evaluator with a focus on the intersection of digital technologies and systems change. At Luminate, Kecia oversees the monitoring, evaluation and learning... Read More →
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Melissa Persaud

Director of New Business - Global Development, Fraym
Melissa Persaud, Director of New Business - Global Development at Fraym is an ICT4D enthusiast with experience in mobile data collection, mobile messaging, and data analytics.
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Jos Vaessen

Advisor, Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank
Jos Vaessen joined the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank in 2016 as adviser on evaluation methods. Since 1998 he has been involved in evaluation research activities, first as an academic and consultant to bilateral and multilateral development organizations and from 2001... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
TBA World Bank 'I” Building, 1850 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
  Data, Full-Day Workshop
  • session type Pre-Workshop