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Academics and NGOs network at LIDC open mic night ‘Evaluating programmes in international development’

In December 2013 LIDC convened an ‘open mic night’ to offer an opportunity to academics and NGO practitioners to meet in an informal setting and discuss possible collaborations in the area of evaluating programmes in international development.

The evening was structured around two rounds of 2-minute flash talks, during which participants introduced themselves and their work, and  talked about what their organisatons could offer to others in the room, as well as what they were looking for. Participants could also leave the same details on the match-making board that LIDC will use to connect potential collaborators.  

In total 168 people (87 academics and 81 NGO representatives) signed up to attend the event. More than 20 people presented in the two rounds of flash talks, around three quarters of whom were NGO representatives.

All LIDC member colleges were represented alongside a range of national and international NGOs, including: Oxfam, Save the Children, BOND, Christian Aid, Action Aid, Practical Action, International Rescue Committee, BBC Media Action, BOND, War Child, Water Aid, Help Age International, Plan UK.

'I think this has been a brilliant and successful initiative. I have met quite a few interesting people and will definitely be in touch with them in the near future.'
Global Impact Evaluation Advisor, Oxfam

'Thank you for organising and hosting, worthwhile and enjoyable.'
Partnerships Manager, Embrace the Middle East



Some of the flash talks delivered at the event:

Oxfam GB
Joining forces to make research and evaluation both rigorous and relevant for the design of quality programmes

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) doesn't need to be complicated to be useful

HelpAge International
The forgotten generation? Development outcomes for older people – an emerging priority for the post-MDG agenda

Christian Aid
NGO-academic partnerships

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Getting research into policy and out of practice

Save the Children
When development practitioners use qualitative methods: How methodological do they need to be

Evaluating effectiveness in agriculture and health