The inroads’ team is excited to be sharing with you the results from the first ever external evaluation of inroads connectivity, health, and results. 149 inroads members completed an online survey in February and March 2016. Others of you were generous enough to participate in in-depth interviewers. Below are the findings and recommendations from this evaluation, as well as findings from other monitoring and evaluation activities we have undertaken, including event-specific evaluations and a dedicated session at the inroads Global Member Gathering. Here, we are focusing on what we’ve heard from the evaluation and from you as members about what we as network staff can do to support an active, engaged and vibrant global network.
We were fortunate to have the support of two external evaluators in this effort. Judy Gold was formerly on the inroads Steering Committee. She stepped out of that role a year ago. While she was missed in that capacity, she was available to conduct this evaluation. She partnered with Gillian Eva to form the inroads evaluation team. We have archived the detailed report of the methods, findings, and recommendations on the inroads Collaboration Workspace library.
The inroads Co-conveners, Kati LeTourneau and Katie Gillum, worked closely with Gillian and Judy to develop an evaluation framework, informed by this framework that focuses on the three pillars of network connectivity (membership and connections between them), network health (the resources and infrastructure in place), and network results (interim outcomes and intended impact).
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We also conducted specific sessions with members who attended the global member gathering to learn more about what members prioritized as activities and efforts of the network, and specifically the network staff:
So, what are inroads staff doing with this? You may have already seen some of the efforts:
And there is more to come! Stay tuned for announcements about applying to be on the next inroads Steering Committee, opportunities for inroads Partnership Fund-supported seed grants, the monthly webinars series, a regional member gathering in Africa, a Spanish-language listserv and online community, and more! We are committed to continuing to learn from you, the members, in order to set up structures and content that help you connect with each other and move forward your work to understand and eliminate abortion stigma and discrimination.
To build on the success and high participation in this evaluation, we look forward to upcoming meetings where we can delve into the issues of how network members want to be more active and create more connections with other network members. We are grateful for the way that members have gotten so engaged with the network and giving feedback and input. We can’t wait for the next gatherings and evaluations where we’ll get new insights into the network and how we can all work together.
Learn more about these evaluation findings and our plans to address them by watching the video below: