Monitoring & Evaluation in TT4D Workshop for All Dream Building Fund Projects

ITTF Foundation Programmes Team conducted a capacity building workshop for our Dream Building Fund projects to increase and strengthen participants’ knowledge on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to enhance the use of Table Tennis for Development (TT4D).

In August and September 2022, the ITTF Foundation conducted international capacity building workshops for using Sport and Table Tennis for Development in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Development Cooperation/GIZ). To continue building capacity among table tennis partners and practitioners, the ITTF Foundation is conducting a series of capacity building workshops for TT4D in order to enhance the ITTF Foundation’s technical support for all Dream Building Fund (DBF) projects. The workshops were organised based on a finding that numerous initiatives currently struggle to integrate table tennis activities with their chosen developmental goal which severely limits their desired positive impact on their community.

"Throughout the improvement and implementation process of our new M&E Framework, we understood that various projects struggle to successfully collect data, evaluate and learn from it. We wanted to take the opportunity showcasing the important role of M&E.” - Saurabh Mishra, ITTF Foundation Programmes Manager

The goal of the second interactive workshop was highlighting the general importance of M&E in TT4D, followed by an introduction to the new M&E Framework made available to all DBF projects to help measure their impact on the communities, and contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). By collecting, analysing and interpreting data and measuring its impact properly in alignment with the UN SDGs, projects can improve their understanding on how to better their governance and decision-making, their funding and project sustainability, which leads to an increase in the quality of activities, building strong(er) partnerships, and potentially increasing their national and international recognition.

Eighteen TT4D practitioners, nine women and nine men, participated in the online capacity building workshop on M&E. Participants were project leaders, facilitators and volunteers from ten DBF projects across four continents and used the workshop to exchange their M&E knowledge, approaches and questions with their fellow DBF changemakers.

"The data helps us determine which are the needs of the intervention group, their knowledge and/or their habits; and help to compare the same group at the end to know what to maintain, change or reconsider." - Laura Forero, Asomujer y Deporte, Colombia

The DBF initiative has been running for three years, with a total of 17 active projects commencing from 2019-2022. They target various UN SDGs ranging from Gender Equality to Climate Action to Peace and Justice. Each project implements unique approaches that suit its local context.

Additional capacity building workshops are planned and will be organised to help build on the momentum of the support provided so far. This is part of the ITTF Foundation’s objective to build capacity across the table tennis ecosystem to help partners use the power of table tennis to help create better lives for all.

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