Theories of change & impact measurement (March '21)

Report of the GFMD IMPACT donor-practitioner-academic learning and information sharing meeting on 15 March 2021.


On March 15th GFMD IMPACT hosted a donor-practitioner-academic learning and information sharing meeting in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA).

Case studies

The meeting heard three case studies where donors and practitioners spoke about their collaborative approaches to learning, evaluation and the effectiveness of their work. The first case study also heard from an academic who had carried out research with the donor and media development organisation presenting the case study.
Following the case studies, attendees broke out into three groups to hold more detailed discussions.
At the links below you can find summaries of the three case studies including the highlights of the breakout group discussions.

Introduction to GFMD IMPACT

The co-conveners of the meeting opened the session by sharing their hopes and ambitions for the GFMD IMPACT - the Global Forum for Media Development’s International Media Policy Advisory Centre.


As well as being heartened by the large turnout and lively discussions at the first meeting we are also pleased to report that the meeting received overwhelmingly positive feedback:
80% design/structure = good/excellent.
90% quality and effectiveness of the speakers, chairs & rapporteurs = good/excellent.
90% relevance of themes and topics discussed = good/excellent.
There is also considerable support for holding more in-depth conversations on subjects discussed:
60% thought the breakout groups were too short
90% want to attend a longer meeting dedicated to the breakout group that they attended.
For more detailed feedback from the event see: