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Webinar: Mobile M&E apps for Agriculture Development Projects

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USAID's FACET project hosted a webinar that looked at mobile monitoring and evaluation (M&E) apps that are being used or have the potential to be used in agriculture development projects. It was based on the forthcoming briefing paper on the same subject written by Alice Liu and Maria Bina Palmisano. The webinar  started at 9:00am ET (GMT -5:00) on Monday, November 5th, 2012.
The adoption rate for mobile phones has far outstripped what was the pace of adoption for personal computers. This growth has been significant in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing countries where the mobile phone has emerged as the 'personal computer' for those that live at the base of the pyramid (BoP).  This webinar considered the use of mobiles for the capture of baseline, monitoring and  impact data in agriculture development projects.  The use of mobiles for M&E advances the discipline by enabling a higher degree of  quality, timeliness, precision, efficiency and effectiveness as required by USAID. 

 To watch a recording, visit http://ictforag.adobeconnect.com/p5yunm1xg5n/
9:00 Introduction
9:05  Benefits of Mobile Applications for Monitoring and Evaluation in Agriculture
9:10 Project Examples
9:25 EpiSurveyor - Mobile Data Collection Tool
9:30 Considerations for Integrating ICT Tools into Project M&E
9:35 Challenges and Lessons Learned
9:40 Looking Forward
9:45 Q&A
10:00 End
Speaker Bios

Maria Bina Palmisano (co-author)
Senior Director, Monitoring and Evaluation
Ms. Palmisano ensures that ACDI/VOCA's proposals and projects include the necessary structures to track progress toward stated objectives and that projects are evaluated in terms of their efficiency, effectiveness and impact.  She has over 16 years experience in M&E, program design, social and gender analysis, quantitative/qualitative methodologies and training. Previous to ACDI/VOCA she worked with USAID, World Bank and the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Ms. Palmisano earned master's degrees in sociology from the La Sapienza University of Rome (cum laude) as well as from the University of Maryland where she is also completing Ph.D. coursework.  
Alice Liu (lead author)
Principal, Emerging ICT Group
Alice Liu has been working at the intersection of technology, business, and development for seven years, after spending the first part of her career in the technology sector in Silicon Valley.  Ms. Liu provides research, analysis, advisory/consultancy and technical assistance services for the ICT sector in emerging markets, focusing specifically on technology for agriculture, global health and financial services. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Joel Selanikio, MD
CEO and co-founder, DataDyne
A practicing pediatrician, former Wall Street computer consultant, and former CDC epidemiologist with more than 20 years of experience in global health, Joel Selanikio leads DataDyne's pioneering efforts to create and promote new technologies and new business models for international development.  This includes the multiple award-winning EpiSurveyor mobile data collection project with more than 10,000 users in 170 countries.   His work has been reported on by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and the Washington Post, and his speaking engagements have recently included the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Royal Society of Medicine.  Dr. Selanikio holds an MD from Brown University, and is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University.