The Bolivia Really Simple Reporting workshop in December last year was the first of a series of workshops that Akvo facilitated. These workshops help explain what Akvo does, focus on getting RSR-users into the habit of posting online updates regularly, and offer an opportunity to play and practice with photo and video updating.
Since the first workshop in Bolivia, several more have been facilitated for the Connect4Change and WASH alliances in Zambia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Bangladesh and, recently, in Ethiopia. Seven months have passed since the first workshop and it seems like a good time to evaluate the effectiveness of these workshops. In the past few weeks, I have interviewed, Skyped, and emailed with 11 workshop participants and six Akvo trainers who all shared their experiences and feedback.
The overall response from participants is very positive, ranging from ‚ÄúIt was very good, all participants enjoyed the workshop,‚Äù to feedback such as ‚ÄúTrainers were very energetic.‚Äù Of course there is always room for improvement. Here are the top 10 suggestions from participants and trainers:
Based on the feedback, the existing workshop set-up and training material is getting a make-over. A new version of the RSR workshop presentation is ready and will be further improved, a new design for the training manual is in the making, and the RSR support website help.akvo.org is currently being reviewed and will be up-to-date by mid-August ‚Äì all will be ready for the next workshop in Nepal!
Since Akvo started facilitating workshops, the number of project updates in the RSR system have increased considerably. The Connect4Change consortium has 261 updates in total, of which 213 updates were posted after the first workshop in December 2011. The WASH Alliance had no updates prior to the first workshop in April this year ‚Äì now there are 64. This is great progress ‚Äì keep it going!
Charlotte Soedjak is working as intern for Akvo