Workshop on Girls Advocacy Alliance

The PLAN International Bangladesh organized a four days workshop on Girls Advocacy Alliance first two days for orientation to the Outcome Harvesting Methodology and last two days for annual meeting for Outcome Harvesting at Hotel Quality Inn, Road 50, Gulshan 2.

Total nine national partners were participate at this workshop Institute of Communication and Studies (ICS) is one of them .They separated the sectors in four sections.

1. Government
2. CSOs
3. Corporate (RMG)
4. Community (Media)

The workshop was on the based on TOC (Theory of Change).

The opening session was Welcome speeches, purpose and introductions. And Mr. Shariar Mannan , Ms.Tania Zaman and Farzana Maherin Plan members were describe Plan International’s Global Strategy and GAA ( Girls Advocacy Alliance ) approach and milestones.

Sessions:

• The GAA Theory of change backward mapping. The GAA, PME & tools Introducing tools and cycle.
• Outcome Harvesting Methodology, use and importance.
• ‘Sign’ collection, source and its importance, collecting signs from appropriate sources.
• Transforming signs to outcome descriptions , group exercises on transforming collected signs into outcome descriptions .
• Apply outcome harvesting methodology, significant and contribution
• Classifying sings, marking progress
• Learning Agenda, how learning shape advocacy.
• Reporting implementation narrative and financial.
• Plan internationals safeguarding of children and young people(risk assessment) .

Purpose: Partner selection criteria are defined to put minimum standards for GAA implementing partner organisations.

Each year an Annual monitoring meeting and an annual strategic planning meeting take place in each programme country, for the regional programme components and for the programme components focusing on L&A at the Netherlands level and at the international level. These meetings are organised to reflect on the programme and agree on progress made against the programme’s ToC. Outcome harvesting methodology is used in both meetings.

The Annual monitoring meeting is a 4-days meeting of which 2 days are allocated for Outcome harvesting and the other two days are for Learning agenda and discussions about other programme management aspects.

This guideline focuses specifically on the outcome harvesting session of 2 days within the 4-days annual monitoring meeting programme.

The Outcome Harvesting session informs the Alliance Programme Teams on the kinds of changes of behaviour their joint programme helps to bring about among their key lobby targets. Information on the programme’s effects on the 5 core capabilities for L&A of its local partner organisations comes from annual assessments of the organisational capabilities of these partner organisations. In the Outcome Harvesting process, the (increased) organisational capacities of local partner organisations and the subsequent effect of increased organisational capacity on outcomes, is considered.
With the insights from the outcome Harvesting sessions, the Alliance Programme Teams can update their Theory of Change: are the expected pathways of change still relevant, are the assumptions still valid? Consequent adaptations to the Theory of Change may lead to adjusted strategies and actions, and feed into a next cycle of the programme.

These reflections on the joint programme form an important part of the Alliance Programme Team annual report and enable the monitoring of the programme at the overall alliance level.

Purpose of Outcome Harvesting sessions:
The purpose of the outcome harvesting session is to analyse and interpret the outcome descriptions and subsequently make use of findings for reporting and for future programming.
Programme teams get together to classify and jointly reflect on formulated outcome descriptions by analysing and interpreting these descriptions. Outcome descriptions will be compared with the outcomes as formulated in the ToC visuals and subsequently scored on a scale from 1 (very little significance for the selected expected outcome) to 4 (very high significance for the expected outcome). The meaning of the scores in terms of progress of the programme will be discussed and agreed upon by the APT and partners during the outcome harvesting session.

Finally, assumptions will be reflected upon taking into account the outcome descriptions compared to the ToC outcomes. Per assumptions (defined as an explanation as to how change happens from one outcome to another) an analysis is made of the outcome descriptions at that particular part of the ToC and whether or not the outcome descriptions (the changes) confirm or nor the assumptions. In the August Programme strategy meeting, lessons learned will provide crucial input for the next planning cycle.