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Thursday, September 5 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Living Our Vision: Applying the Principles for Digital Development as an Evaluative Methodology

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For nearly ten years, the Principles for Digital Development have served as a set of living guidelines intended to help practitioners succeed in applying digital technologies to development programs. The MERL Tech community have embraced the Digital Principles, particularly in the design of programs. In more recent years, we are beginning to see more adaptation by the community in transforming the Digital Principles from theory to practice. We have also observed an increased demand for evaluation tools built on the foundation of good practice championed by the Digital Principles.

Most notably, a group of global health donors recently collaborated on the Digital Health Investment Review Tool (DHIRT), which enables donors to incorporate the Digital Principles when creating requests for solicitations, defining contract language, and evaluating proposals for grant funding and software procurement. Complementing this work, DIAL has worked with TechChange to build a sector-agnostic Digital Principles Maturity Matrix tool to assess how practitioners and organizations are living the Digital Principles, both in program design and implementation, and provide a road map to improvement and uptake.

This panel will discuss the challenges in transforming a framework into an evaluative methodology and experiences and findings in applying these open and adaptable tools. The group will discuss how they applied the Digital Principles themselves in their development approach and use, and we will encourage the audience to reflect upon how to measure their organization’s compliance with the Digital Principles.

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Allana Nelson

Senior Manager, Digital Principles, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)
Allana Nelson has spent the last nine years working in government, non-profit, and private sector organizations specializing in project management and business operations in the areas of international development, communications, and training. Allana joined the Digital Impact Alliance... Read More →

Christopher Neu

COO, TechChange
Christopher Neu is the Chief Operating Officer at TechChange. Previously, Chris worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). Born and raised in Jerusalem, Chris has also worked with the Association of International Development Agencies (Ramallah), IFES during the 2006 Palestinian... Read More →
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Laura Walker McDonald

Senior Director for Insights & Impact, Digital Impact Alliance
Laura Walker McDonald is a technologist, lawyer and strategist with more than 12 years of global experience in the aid and development space. Laura’s career has focused on helping social change organizations all over the world use technology in principled and impactful ways to support... Read More →
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Steve Ollis

Project Director, Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU), JSI

Thursday September 5, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Academy Hall C FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave, 8th Floor, Washington, DC