Monday, July 27, 2015

St. Lucia MDP Field Experience team will present at ICSD conference in NY, Sept 2015

Congratulations to MDP St. Lucia Field Experience team of Trupti Sarode, Yodit Tesfaye and Evans Yamoah for being accepted to present at the Third Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) September 23-24, 2015, at Columbia University, New York, a conference sponsored by the Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

The team's summer field experience project focuses on assessing the impact of short-term volunteers in early childhood development (ECD) interventions. The project is being implemented in Anse la Raye, Saint Lucia, in partnership with Global Volunteers – a non-profit organization headquartered in St Paul, Minnesota. Global Volunteers took over the operation of Reaching Children’s Potential – an ECD intervention program – following endorsement by the Government of Saint Lucia in April 2014. 
The goal of the project is to conduct an evaluation of RCP which will serve both formative and summative purpose: (formative) to supervise program implementation and maximize organizational learning; and (summative) to assess the program model in engaging short term volunteers in early childhood development context. The evaluation framework for RCP was developed over the course of the Spring semester so the field experience will focus on data collection and conducting a preliminary analysis. The methodology chosen for this evaluation is the Mixed-Method design wherein the qualitative aspect will be completed using the Most Significant Change approach. 

Professor Randi Nelson, Lecturer, College of Education and Human Development is overseeing the design of the evaluation framework as well as the data collection. The MDP team is also working closely with Kari Foley, a Masters student at the College of Education and Human Development, who is tasked with finalizing the evaluation plan and the data collection instruments.
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