Debbie Byrne, PPI-NI Operations Team Leader, reflects on monitoring and Evaluation workshop facilitated by Julie Younes, the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, from our headquarters in Washington, D.C.
One of my favourite quotes that a friend of mine often reminds me of is, “If you aim at nothing you will surely get it!” Last week, PeacePlayers International Northern Ireland (PPI-NI) delve into the world of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). It was a great opportunity to get together and make sure that not only are we using the same terms when it comes to M&E but also that we are all aiming at the same thing!
Julie Younes (from our D.C. office) facilitated the training with the team in Northern Ireland. Julie joined PeacePlayers International this year as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) after serving as a Fellow in the Middle East from 2008 – 2010. She has already held similar workshops with the staff in other PPI sites.
Monitoring and Evaluation of sport-for-development interventions is of high priority. The relatively recent recognition of the use of sport as a tool in development requires thorough assessment. Sport can add value for the development of individuals, of organisations and of whole communities irrespective of the level of development in that community. Despite this broadly shared conviction, there is still a lack of substantiated evidence to support the purported potential of sport. Effective, transparent and (if possible) comparable M&E must therefore take place to further determine the inherent benefits, risks and limitations of sport and physical activity.
Having a person dedicated to this task is a huge benefit to PeacePlayers internationally. I hope that we can not only make PeacePlayers more effective but also be a voice in the sport for development field to back up our conviction that sport can be a powerful tool for change. Thanks for working with us Julie!