2013

2013 Jun 23

Using Evidence to Improve Social Program Effectiveness

Sun Jun 23 (All day) to Fri Jun 28 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Student in classroomThis one-week executive program led by Faculty Co-Chairs Julie Boatright Wilson and Dan Levy helps managers of social programs discover, assess, and present different types of evidence that will increase the effectiveness of the social programs their organization undertakes, and support efforts to obtain and/or sustain funding. 

Specifically, the program will explore:

      • What are the big questions managers need to ask about the effectiveness of programs in their organization?
      • How should managers decide what evidence needs to be gathered?
      • What kinds of evaluations and other forms of assessment need to be conducted?
      • Since evaluations can be expensive and time consuming, how should managers make decisions about which programs to evaluate?
      • What are the key methods to evaluate the impact of a program and when should each of them be used? 
      • What role do randomized experiments play in evaluating the impact of a program?
      • What data should be collected and when?
      • Does it all have to be numbers? How can managers make sense of mixed method evaluations and integrate quantitative and qualitative information to design and implement better programs? 
      • Answering these questions will help managers lead their organizations to design and implement more effective social programs.

The program is designed for participants who have varying levels of experience with analyzing data. The emphasis is on understanding a range of possible strategies that will allow managers to demonstrate that their programs achieve results and make good use of resources.

2013 Jun 19

Legal and Financial Innovation in Land Conservation: The Next Chapter

11:00am

Location: 

Online Webinar

About the Webinar
With every passing year, new innovations in conservation finance and the legal defense of conservation easements spring to life. On March 1, 2013, The Land Trust Alliance (LTA) celebrated a historic pivot point marked by the opening of the Terrafirma Risk Retention Group LLC. Terrafirma includes among its insured some 420 land trusts in 46 states and the District of Columbia that are now working together to defend conservation of 20,568 properties covering 6,354,434 acres. As described by the LTA, Terrafirma is a charitable risk pool owned by participating land trusts that insures its members against the legal costs of defending conservation. Leslie Ratley-Beach, who has represented Terrafirma at a number of recent forums, will join us to describe the basic functions and operational strategies of this new and important entity.

Similarly, in June of 2013, we will celebrate the emergence of a new online presence for conservation finance at www.conservationfinancenetwork.org. Leigh Whelpton of Island Press will join us to discuss the relaunch of the Conservation Finance Network website, as well as her role in promoting conservation finance innovation in North America and around the globe.

Our moderator will be James Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, and a Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts.... Read more about Legal and Financial Innovation in Land Conservation: The Next Chapter

2013 Jun 03

Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop

Mon - Tue, Jun 3 to Jun 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, CGIS-South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

About the Project
The second annual Workshop of Electoral Integrity will focus upon “Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity.”

Countries around the world share challenges in meeting international standards of electoral integrity. The most overt malpractices used by rulers include imprisoning dissidents, harassing adversaries, coercing voters, vote-rigging counts, and finally, if losing, blatantly disregarding the people’s choice. Serious violations of human rights, undermining electoral credibility, are widely condemned by domestic observers and the international community. Recent protests about integrity have been mobilized in countries as diverse as Russia, Mexico, and Egypt.... Read more about Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop

2013 Jun 03

Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop

Mon - Tue, Jun 3 to Jun 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, CGIS-South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

About the Project
The second annual Workshop of Electoral Integrity will focus upon “Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity.”

Countries around the world share challenges in meeting international standards of electoral integrity. The most overt malpractices used by rulers include imprisoning dissidents, harassing adversaries, coercing voters, vote-rigging counts, and finally, if losing, blatantly disregarding the people’s choice. Serious violations of human rights, undermining electoral credibility, are widely condemned by domestic observers and the international community. Recent protests about integrity have been mobilized in countries as diverse as Russia, Mexico, and Egypt.

In many countries, however, minor irregularities are more common, exemplified by inaccurate voter registers, maladministration of polling, pro-government media, lack of security in absentee ballots, vote miscounts, and gerrymandering. Problems in America are exemplified by the notorious hanging chads in Florida in 2000 and accusations of voter fraud and voter suppression during the Obama-Romney contest.

In response to these developments, recent years have seen growing attempts to analyze flaws in electoral integrity using systematic evidence, including the development of several cross-national data-sets, the use of techniques of forensic analysis, and new instruments monitoring mass and elite perceptions of malpractices.

As it is timely to take stock of these developments, this workshop seeks to bring together international experts among scholars and practitioners to discuss cutting edge research on electoral integrity.... Read more about Electoral Integrity Project 2013 Annual Workshop

2013 May 28

Asia Public Policy Forum: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Protection in Asia (2013)

Tue May 28 (All day) to Thu May 30 (All day)

Location: 

Jakarta, Indonesia

Refugee Camp in BangladeshAt this year’s annual Asia Public Policy Forum “Poverty, Inequality and Social Protection in Asia,” participants will consider approaches to social protection in East Asia and explore the extent to which, and the conditions under which, social protection programs can help reduce poverty and inequality. The Forum will consist of commissioned scholarly paper presentations and plenary discussion of the topics raised in these papers. Small group discussion sessions will also be organized on specific topics.

Outputs from the Forum will include conference proceedings published online and potentially in book form. The organizers will also explore interest in a cross-country research program on the relationship between social protection policies and inequality in East Asia.... Read more about Asia Public Policy Forum: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Protection in Asia (2013)

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