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Tuesday, September 17 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Making sense of women's leadership through online SenseMaker

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Alejandra Garcia Diaz Villamil (Vital Voices Global Partnership)

Stories told by participants are valued as one of the most relevant sources of information to assess the impact of a program and ultimately, produce social changes.  Narratives speak the truth and create opportunities for activism and influence change.  Nowadays, the use of technology offers a more efficient way to compile, interpret and analyze stories through the lens of the storyteller. For this reason, Vital Voices Global Partnership, as part of its efforts to bring the voice of women leaders at the forefront and understand their impact, piloted SenseMaker®. SenseMaker is a narrative-based evaluation methodology online enables leaders to be story tellers and make sense of their experience in order to understand complex change. Some of the questions this evaluation tries to address are a) how the perception on women's leadership has changed since their participation in Vital Voices, b) what are the factors including social and cultural norms that limit women's ability to lead and c) how has the network helped challenge constrains around women's leadership? The methodology to answer these questions focuses on using participant's stories to uncover attitudes that inform and influence behavior.  It draws upon anthropology, complexity theory and neuroscience. This allows for automated collection of large numbers of short stories that, together, create a nuanced picture of a given topic. Using the SenseMaker® approach, VV fellows told their stories but also conducted the primary analysis of their own stories as well. This helped reduce the potential for interpretive bias and empowering fellows to analyze and reflect on their leadership paths.  This presentation offers helpful valuable insights using SenseMaker® as part of an evaluation focused on the impact of a women's global leadership network to shape their context and change perceptions of women's leadership.

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Dr. Suzanne Evas

Senior Evaluation and Research Officer, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
Suzanne Evas has been working broadly in the social services sector for over 25 years. She began her professional life as an allied health practitioner and program coordinator, working across clinical and community settings in the US and Canada. A PhD scholarship at the University... Read More →


Alejandra Garcia Villamil

Director of MEL, Vital Voices
Alejandra Garcia-Diaz Villamil has over 13 years of research, evaluation, and monitoring experience within Latin America, Africa, and the United States. Her prior work experience focused on maintaining monitoring and evaluations systems for ProMujer, Community Research Institute at... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm AEST