It was an exciting week for our team as we hosted a joint workshop with the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) on “Data Collection of microdata in difficult and hard to reach areas.” The workshop was conducted in both English and French and employed a hands-on approach to learning.
The main objective of the workshop was to revisit key concepts and methods for counterfactual impact evaluation (CIE) and to build capacity for data collection and monitoring. We believe that data collection in difficult and hard to reach areas is crucial for understanding the impact of interventions in these areas and for making informed decisions about how to allocate resources.
One of the most exciting aspects of the workshop was the hands-on approach. Participants were able to put into practice what they had learned through various exercises and activities. This helped to solidify the concepts and methods they had been learning about, and it also provided an opportunity for them to ask questions and receive feedback from the instructors and other participants. The workshop also provided an opportunity for participants to network and learn from one another. The diverse group of participants came from a variety of backgrounds and organizations, and they were able to share their experiences and perspectives on data collection in difficult and hard to reach areas.
Overall, the workshop was a success and we believe that the participants left with a better understanding of the concepts and methods for CIE and with practical skills for data collection and monitoring. We would like to thank the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) for partnering with us on this workshop and for supporting our efforts to build capacity for data collection in difficult and hard to reach areas.
As data collection in difficult and hard to reach areas remains a challenge, we hope to continue collaborating with organizations like the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) to build capacity and promote best practices in this field. We believe that by working together, we can improve our understanding of the impact of interventions in these areas and ultimately make a positive difference in the lives of those who live there.