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Centre for Social Innovation

192 Spadina Avenue

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Most Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) software systems set up for international development projects fail because they end up being too complex, too expensive, and too removed from those on the ground.

Why are Canadian development organizations struggling so much to implement MEL systems?

What are the key ingredients for more meaningful and sustainable software that ensures data creates evidence and influences decision-making?

Join OCIC and Salanga for a free Member Lunch & Learn event intended to engage in these questions, and to learn from Salanga’s experience supporting Canadian organizations in identifying and implementing technological solutions and innovations for MEL. Presenters will share the top challenges they have seen organizations face, key software requirements to keep in mind, and five fundamental lessons-learned from implementing their own MEL software - Kinaki - with Canadian partners.

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Together we will explore the features Kinaki has available for project design, data collection, analysis, and reporting; how Kinaki helps Canadian partners to aggregate data at the program/organization level; new and innovative tools for qualitative data analysis and community participation; and what features we are building into Kinaki to support implementation of the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Share with us your experiences with MEL software and ideas on how these tools can enable more efficient, in-depth tracking of the implementation of the FIAP.

When: January 30, 2018 from 11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Cost: Free
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Jakub Nemec is the Program Director for Salanga and the design lead behind Kinaki.

Jakub has a BA in International Territorial Studies and MA in International Development. He is an experienced and engaging trainer with over 10 years of experience training development practitioners and students.

Jakub began his career in international development working in Turkey, Ghana and Mongolia and in past decade worked with teams in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Jakub has a passion for the safety and security of aid workers. Through his work he realized that poorly trained and poorly prepared aid workers were putting humanitarian and development programs at risk, ultimately doing a disservice to the people they were intending to help. In 2007 he and his colleague founded Salanga as an organization to train aid workers and organizations in personal safety and security management.

Since then Salanga has expanded its focus to include monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), proposal writing and technical expertise for NGOs. Jakub has supported teams in countries like Haiti, Niger, Philippines, Cambodia and Rwanda – to name a few – in proposal writing, project implementation and MEL. Through these experiences he noticed that the challenges to meet reporting requirements, tight timelines and other administrative needs were having an impact on implementing teams’ ability to remain focused on community engagement and to meet community needs. In 2013 he and his colleagues at Salanga developed Kinaki, a MEL tool to help make data collection, analysis and reporting easier and more efficient. In developing Kinaki his goal was to make using project data more accessible and intuitive so project teams can spend more time working with communities and using data to inform their projects. Jakub has trained numerous project teams in mobile data collection, which works hand-in-hand with Kinaki to make monitoring and evaluation more efficient.

Jakub uses his experience working with project teams to work with our software developers to lead the design process for Kinaki, engaging users and the development community in the process. He ensures Kinaki remains true to its original principles, to be intuitive and easy-to-use; accessible for clients working in all contexts; and flexible enough to measure all kinds of data.

Volunteer work is an important part of Jakub’s life. Jakub served as a volunteer board member of the Ontario Council of International Cooperation (OCIC) from 2015-2016. He currently volunteers with Romea, an organization providing scholarships to students from the Roma community, providing programmatic support.

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