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GGWN Monitoring & Evaluation

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Internal Risks

Risk

Mitigation

The information of the network fails to reach women

Different networks (GG newsletter, Facebook, federations’ channels, networks and personal relations) will be used to reach women; different tools available on social media online will be utilised in order to measure the reach, page views and so on of information, and strategies employed to increase the reach of information

Women are not interested in participating or men in the party are hindering women as leaders or on leading positions

Different kinds of projects will offered, with a variety of topics and types of activities; input will be requested from women, and the possibility to influence the kinds of activities undertaken, and the topics dealt with. The GGWN will periodically review its activities and request feedback from members about the direction they would like the activities to take, the content they would like addressed and the types activities they would like to participate in.

Activity will falter or die

A strong structure will be built which will keep activity across a number of different activity types going, including the possibility for self-realization and for influencing the activities of the network, in order to keep participants interested. In addition, a host party will be chosen in the Congress to offer backup and support.

Participants have different views of the aims and activities

Decisions are made by consensus, while the regional federations’ work is supported in order to enable different answers to different needs and interests, such that women’s needs and interests will not be left unanswered.

Structures are dysfunctional (too weak, too rigid, rely on too few persons’ activity)

Structures will be developed during a couple of years in order to enable the network to examine what works best and what should be abandoned. Good practices will be utilised from the regional level. At the Congress in 2017, the structure will be formalised and the host party elected such that the structure is solid and participants are aware of how it works.

Some participants take over the project and new people cannot get in

Rotation rules will be applied so that the representatives and convenors change every few years. The network is kept open for everybody to participate, and no nomination is required. Decisions are made by consensus.

Participation in a global network is difficult in practice (network never meets in person, bad internet access etc.)

A number of possible ways of participation will be offered. Activities will be mostly online, but through diverse tools  – email, Skype, Facebook, Global Greens online platform, and so on. A live meeting will be held at the Congress in 2017. Information and resources will be distributed in different languages. The possibility of a publication will be considered.

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External Risks: 

Risk

Mitigation

Repression of political activities in countries or communities which are undemocratic or which do not support the approaches or views promoted by the GGWN, by the participating women or by particular activities or campaigns.

Strategy related to outreach and communication with various targets will be tailored to those targets, with political, social and historical context taken into account; the research component of the GGWN’s activities will seek to uncover information about barriers to participation and methods for alleviating them; a long-term approach will be adopted where needed, with ongoing monitoring and evaluation of progress; awareness-building campaigns aimed in part at those hindering access and participation by women will be undertaken; ongoing quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation of issues experienced by women in participating in activities and work will be undertaken, with strategy and activities modified accordingly. In addition, the GGWN will seek to collate tools, methods, experiences and information from all members and affiliated groups in order to create a comprehensive library available to all members which assists individuals and groups in contending with these issues.

Pervasive harmful or negative attitudes towards promoting the participation and empowerment of women

Whereas the previous risk is particular to certain areas or communities, this risk is common to all communities and is harder to pin down. The research component of the GGWN’s activity will seek to uncover barriers to participation to the greatest extent possible, and activities and strategy will be informed by its findings. Ongoing quantitative and qualitative evaluation will be undertaken and strategy and activities modified accordingly. In addition, the GGWN will seek to collate tools, methods, experiences and information from all members and affiliated groups in order to create a comprehensive library available to all members which assists individuals and groups in contending with these issues.

Insufficient funding to undertake planned work

The GGWN will seek funding from a number of different sources of different kinds, including groupfunding. This will mean that it will not rely on one source of funding alone, which reduces its vulnerability to changes in funding. Plans and activity will be undertaken in line with available funding, with minimal reliance on future unconfirmed funds. Plans will seek to be relatively flexible, such that changes can be made as required as per available funds. In addition, as a grassroots based political organisation, a sizeable portion of work is done voluntarily by members.

Parent or affiliated organisations such as the Global Greens or any of the Federations’ Women’s Networks failing or changing their functions or structure in a way which affects the GGWN

As a global network of women, the GGWN does not heavily rely on party structures at this time. The GGWN is seeking to undergo formalisation into a set structure in 2017; when this occurs, it will seek to formalise a structure which will remain operational and/or will include plans for addressing structural party changes as required. The network is at its core a coming together of Greens women, and does not require nomination; as such, it can continue to operate under a variety of party structures.

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Monitoring & Evaluation

Internal monitoring:

Women’s Academy 

  • Regular monitoring of participant numbers in courses, online and in person, with numerical targets set in advance
  • Questionnaires and evaluation sheets for completion of participants prior to, during and following the Academy
  • Ongoing monitoring and updating of database tracking participation and growth of interest in Academy, with numerical and geographic targets set in advance
  • Collation of all information towards research project and review against it.

Mentorship Program

  • Questionnaire for completion by each participant at the outset of the program
  • Monitoring process to be created by each relevant pair and facilitated by the GGWN, based on agreed criteria and aims (both qualitative and quantitative), and tailored to the pair’s aims and needs
  • Regular monitoring of numbers of participants, both mentoring and mentored, with targets set in advance
  • Regular monitoring of reach of promotion of program through social media tools, online participation and other methods
  • Interview or survey of each participant during and following the mentorship program, including a set number of months following the conclusion of the program, seeking to determine the lasting effects of the support offered or provided
  • Collation of all information towards research project and review against it.

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External monitoring:

In addition to the internal monitoring outlined above, the GGWN will work with the GG Secretariat in Brussels to create a set monitoring process by which the latter will monitor the Network’s activities and progress from an external, objective standpoint, and will provide its findings and recommendations to the Network and elsewhere as agreed.

This important aspect of the GGWN’s work encompasses the necessary evaluation and research to measure the effectiveness of the GGWN and its work and to monitor the status and participation of women within Greens parties around the world.

We propose to have an ongoing research programme, that evaluates the effectiveness of the functions and methods outlined in points above in achieving:

  • greater participation by women in Greens parties across the world, and especially in key decision-making and party leadership roles;
  • increased rates of women being elected to parliament and public office from Greens parties in countries across the world, at all levels of governance, but especially to national parliaments.
  • an end to structural and systemic discrimination against women within Greens parties in countries around the world. 

Prior to the Academy 2017, we propose to conduct and publish research on the numbers of female politicians elected to represent Greens parties in countries around the world, to enable bench-marking of later outcomes and achievements by the GGWN and its activities. This research may also investigate the restrictions of national electoral legislation, to determine the extent to which the GGWN is able to undertake activity 3 (Direct support to women Greens candidates).

The following evaluation tools will be utilised based on the monitoring methods described above:

Internal evaluations:

  • Women’s Academy: based on monitoring tools, formal evaluations will be undertaken at the conclusion of each Academy, with recommendations drawn up for implementation in the following one. These will take into account: quantitative information obtained through monitoring; questionnaires and evaluation sheets completed by members; any relevant information from research undertaken; and external monitoring conducted by the GG.
  • Mentorship Program: based on monitoring tools, formal evaluations will be undertaken at the conclusion of each mentorship programme, with recommendations drawn up for implementation in subsequent ones. These will take into account: monitoring undertaken as per process created by relevant pair; interviews, questionnaires, surveys; quantitative information obtained through monitoring; any relevant information from research undertaken; and external monitoring conducted by the GG.

External monitoring:

As outlined above, in addition to internal monitoring and evaluation, the GGWN will work with the GG Secretariat in order to create a monitoring and evaluation process by which the latter will be able to make regular evaluations of the Network’s activities and progress from an external, objective standpoint, and provide findings and recommendations to the Network and elsewhere.

 

Human resources

Since 2010, the Global Greens has had a Secretariat. We currently have one employee, the Coordinator, who works 4 days a week. The Coordinator supports the work of the GGC structure, including the GGWN and its volunteers.

The GGC liaison as well as the Network’s interim officers will be the principal volunteers, ensuring the success of the project and the activity and support of the Network.

Within the project, Coordinators will be recruited from all four GG Federations to implement the project and support the global and federal networks. This means four Coordinators, working a set number of monthly hours to support the volunteers in the network and to implement the project. The Coordinators will facilitate the Network, in consultation with members worldwide, and with the existing interim committee, by preparing the agendas and material, organising meetings, implementing decisions and executing the project together with the network.

The Network itself now consists of dozens of women from all federations, who have contributed to the planning phase of the project. Their contribution and involvement is of course the essence of the project as it continues.


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