On February 23-25, 2018, EASST fellow Damazo Kadengye led a 3-day Impact Evaluation and Research Transparency workshop in Kampala, Uganda for 21 early career researchers from Mbarara University, Makerere University, and Busitema University. Kadengye was joined by fellows Jayne Tusiime and Kizito Omala to conduct the workshop, which was funded through EASST’s Catalyst Grant program, which offers fellows $10,000 to institutionalize learnings from their fellowship within their home countries. Trainees were competitively selected for the workshop and trained on impact evaluation, field methods, designing observational studies, and research transparency and reproducibility methods.
From the workshop, four promising participants were chosen for one year of close mentorship from fellows and a small short-term grant to complete an Impact Evaluation related output (e.g. completion of a research paper, analysis of existing data, development of a research concept, or finishing a working report). The researchers selected will also be required to present at least at one graduate research seminar or conference in Uganda. We hope to further incorporate these selected participants into the EASST network by inviting them to attend the 7th Annual EASST Summit this summer.
This year, EASST will come full circle, holding our Annual EASST Summit in Kampala, Uganda--where EASST was first launched in 2012. We are pleased to cordially invite you to the 7th Annual EASST Summit, to be held on July 6, 2018 at the Fairway Hotel & Spa.
The 7th Annual EASST Summit convenes a network of local and international researchers, EASST fellows, and local policy-makers to share new evidence on East Africa. EASST supports the development of East Africa's impact evaluation community by offering visiting fellowships, funding for collaborative research and training, policy engagement grants, and networking opportunities. The Annual EASST Summit brings this network together with regional policymakers to support partnership development, share research results, and work toward a common goal of large scale, positive impact across the region.
This year's summit will feature presentations on Health, Education and Empowerment, Agriculture and the Environment, and more. Please note that a working agenda for the event is forthcoming.
In order to secure your attendance, please register here at your earliest convenience, and ideally no later than June 15th, 2018. Please feel free to reach out to Chelsea Downs, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions