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(Webinar) Making Sense of Refugee Support: Using Narratives to Evaluate a Program to Protect and Integrate Refugees in Ecuador

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Join us for a one-hour webinar with Maria Veronica Gottret, Nicole Kast and David Leege of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Their presentation will focus on their use of SenseMaker™ in evaluating a refugee support project aimed at filling critical gaps in the humanitarian response and integration of Colombian and Venezuelan refugees in Ecuador, as well as assisting vulnerable Ecuadorians. SenseMaker™ is a research method that captures people’s experiences in the form of narratives, and uses them as a springboard for reflection to assign meaning to their shared experiences. The CRS evaluation assessed a pathway from emergency to recovery through scaled, long-term support to refugees and vulnerable Ecuadorians.


David Leege is the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning at Catholic Relief Services. He will present on CRS’ global initiative to integrate research and programming to ensure evidence-based interventions in humanitarian response and peacebuilding

Nicole Kast is a CRS Program Quality Coordinator in South America. She will then present on how the decision to use Sensemaker™ for the evaluation in Ecuador reflected both CRS’ commitment to ensuring accountability for outcomes while promoting the dignity of the human person

Maria Veronica Gottret is a Senior Technical Advisor for Agriculture and Livelihoods Research at Catholic Relief Services. She will present on the Sensemaker™ methodology itself and share evaluation critical findings and discoveries that should be of interest to both academic researchers and development practitioners.

This webinar series is a project of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. The team organizer is Oliver Moles, Ph.D.

To view past webinars in this series, please visit Innovations in Human Rights Program Evaluation. Missed past program evaluation webinar series? View the recorded webinars Online.