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Workshop:  Implementing Stronger Program Evaluations
for Human Rights Organizations
Hosted by
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, Service to the Human Rights Community Working Group
June 21, 2013
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Revelle Meeting Room, Second Floor
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue NW (Entrance at corner of 12th and H Streets, NW)
Washington, DC 20005

Knowing how to evaluate outcomes and impacts of human rights interventions is important for program planning and design as well as improving program effectiveness. It can also be helpful for securing donor support. This workshop will provide an introduction to the tools, measures and processes for implementing program evaluation within an organization, including examples drawn from presenters’ experienceScientists who have experience evaluating human rights programs will share their experience in how to select study designs, decide what outcomes to measure, how impact can be assessed, and what measurement tools, metrics, sampling procedures, and other quantitative tools can be used. Attendees will also learn about how to enlist and use pro bono experts through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) On-Call Scientists initiative.



Safaa R. Amer, Senior Research Statistician, RTI International

Romesh Silva, Research Fellow, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley

The registration fee for the workshop is $10. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Please register no later than June 14, 2013.
If you are unable to attend the meeting but interested in learning more, please visit http://oncallscientists.aaas.org or email oncall@aaas.org.
About the Speakers
Safaa R. Amer, PhD, Senior Research Statistician, RTI International, has a wide-range of experience in statistical analysis, complex survey sampling, impact evaluation, missing data analysis and imputation, and data mining. Her work included data analysis, complex survey design, advanced sampling, design and implementation of impact evaluation studies, questionnaire design, defining survey data requirements and quality control procedures; programming using statistical software. She has been also involved in analyzing survey operations problems; conducting literature reviews and research to adapt surveys to international contexts; developing new sampling techniques and definitions specific to the international community; developing and refining training material; training and building international statistics and survey research capacity; communicating with Institutional Review Boards and Ethics committees locally and internationally, conducting respondent disclosure risk analysis to protect respondents confidentiality; preparing reports for management and project directors. Her experience includes both quantitative and qualitative analysis in interdisciplinary studies across a wide range of countries. In addition, Dr. Amer is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and has held several academic positions. Dr. Amer is a member of several national and international statistical associations.

Romesh Silva is demographer and statistical consultant with the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) and has collaborated with the organization since 2001. With HRDAG, he has led evaluation projects in India, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Chad, and Bangladesh and also contributed to projects in Colombia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala and Liberia. Romesh has co-authored a number of policy-related reports and scholarly publications on the statistics of large-scale human rights violations in conflict zones. Through his work in Sri Lanka, he devised statistical methods to measure the reliability of data coding methods in human rights documentation projects. These methods have subsequently been used in human rights projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Timor-Leste. Romesh previously served as a Statistical Consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Laos, where he provided quantitative analysis for the 2001 Lao National Human Development Report and served as a technical advisor to the Lao Ministry of Finance in the upgrade of its international trade statistics system. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from the University of New South Wales, a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Masters of Arts in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his work with HRDAG, Romesh is pursuing a doctorate through the Demography Department at the University of California, Berkeley.