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Past TOPS Events

TOPS Event
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Online
Both Knowledge Management (KM) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) facilitate collaborative learning, and require intentionally working with others to be successful. These, and other similarities, have led to a growing need for sustained and coordinated collaboration between project-level KM and M&E functions; in order to achieve stronger program design and implementation that lead to better results. Volunteers from the TOPS Knowledge... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
InterAction, 1400 16th St NW #210, Washington, DC 20036
The Open Data Policy Compliance Guide is a practitioners’ guide to interpreting and complying with USAID’s Open Data Policy. Developed by Project Concern International (PCI) using a micro grant from the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program, this guide provides data management best practices, policy compliance information, a library of useful tools, and step-by-step procedures for submitting data to USAID’s Development... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Online
The FSN Network's Care Groups Forward would like to invite you to their June meeting. There will be presentations on Samaritan's Purse's Care Groups project in South Sudan, and GOAL's Care Groups work in Ethiopia.  This is an Online event. Please access here at the time of the meeting.  In 2016, the Samaritan’s Purse South Sudan office implemented a 1-year OFDA-funded Care Groups project in Mayendit, South Sudan, which focused on the promotion... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 8:30am to Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
SEIU, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
The emergency funding stream of the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) has been expanding quite fast over the recent years. As such USAID is interested in developing a more harmonized monitoring and evaluation guidance. To jump start FFP's reflection on this issue, TOPS was requested to organize a series of EFSP learning events to facilitate an initial sharing of M&E experiences. The DC event is the second one following the 2016 West African... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Save the Children, 899 North Capitol Street NE, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20002 and online
The TOPS Program and the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) hosted Becca Toole, Policy Associate of MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel's Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), to discuss smallholder farmers' credit needs, why traditional microcredit does not always meet them, and to share results of rigorous research (funded by the ATAI) that tested tailored credit products to better fit the context of smallholder agriculture. Event Resources... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Save the Children, 899 N. Capitol St. NE, 9th Floor, Washington, DC, 20002 & online
When writing about technical concepts we often use complicated language and terminology that can limit our audience’s understanding and adoption of our messages. And we all know it is easier to write lengthy texts over many pages, than to fit our ideas into a few, concise sentences. Attend this interactive session and receive practical tips and guidance on how to write in plain language that is consistent, accessible and easy to understand. In... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Online
During this one-hour Journal Club, Kim Buttonow, Specialist for Social and Behavioral Change with the TOPS Program and Food for the Hungry, will discuss an evaluation of the REAL Fathers initiative, a program that addresses harmful child discipline in Northern Uganda. Violence against women and violence against children in Uganda are recognized as significant public health concerns. Exposure to violence at home as a child can increase the... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Save the Children 899 N. Capitol Street NE Washington DC and Online
At this stakeholder consultation, we discussed the Food for Peace 2016-2025 Strategy and what this means for the food security and nutrition implementing community. Participants brainstormed about what type of capacity strengthening may be needed to successfully implement under the new strategy. Key topics included working toward sustainability, strengthening local systems, and how to best integrate gender/youth, social cohesion, and social... More
TOPS Event
Technical Learning
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Online
Massive resources are invested in water and sanitation facilities to ensure access to water and sanitation for all. Yet, efforts to date are not sufficient to provide people with facilities, and facilities are useless if not used properly. WASH infrastructure and products must be linked up with behavior change interventions around hand washing, latrine use and maintenance, water treatment and storage, etc. In this webinar, Helvetas Swiss... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day)
Niamey, Niger
The TOPS Program designed and facilitated a three-day Implementation Review Workshop for USAID Office of Food for Peace's Niger and Burkina Faso Development Food Aid Program portfolio of five projects.  The agenda focused on providing guidance that would be useful for implementing partners as they approach the final 18 months of programming, as well as to pin down key learning points from existing programs.  Conducted in French, the workshop... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Save the Children 899 N Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 9th Floor, New York Conference Room
The next DC M&E Task Force meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th, 10:00-11:30 am EDT. Please use this link to confirm your participation in person or online. In addition to updates and announcements from the TOPS M&E team, we will showcase the midterm experiences of our colleagues who are managing development programs in Zimbabwe and Haiti. World Vision's, Buck Bradshaw, will share insights from the Zimbabwe ENSURE MTE process.... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:30pm
Embassy Suites Convention Center, 900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
The TOPS Program, along with USAID's Office of Food for Peace, hosted a Breastfeeding Seminar that brought together those who provide technical assistance Food for Peace-funded programming in the field, along with other key stakeholders. At this seminar, participants and presenters: Reviewed actions at the global level to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Reflected upon breastfeeding practices in Food for Peace-targeted countries... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Project Concern International, 1140 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036
The next Commodity Management (CM) Task Force meeting will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10AM EST at Project Concern International’s DC office: 1140 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036. The call-in information for those participating remotely as well as a request for agenda items will be available shortly. Please contact Sophie Hollingsworth (shollingsworth@savechildren.org) with any questions or concerns.
TOPS Event
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Mercy Corps, 1111 19th St NW Suite 650, Washington DC 20036
During this seminar, Gitau Mbure, Senior Technical Advisor for Agriculture at World Vision, and Clare Sullivan, Deputy Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University, shared findings from a recent assessment aimed at developing guidelines for improving the management of agriculture demonstration sites. The study included a review of prevailing practices across food security programs in Bangladesh, Niger and Zimbabwe, as well as... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Online
Land O’Lakes International Development and the International Livestock Research Institute are pleased to announce a webinar option for the upcoming Animal Source Foods for Nutrition Impact: Evidence and Good Practices for Informed Project Design Workshop. This one-day event will be held on the ILRI Nairobi campus from 8:30am to 5:00pm Thursday May 4th. Due to limited space, the in-person workshop is by invitation only, however we will be... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Online
The Knowledge Management Task Force held its April Meeting with two presentations. The first part was led by Yemisi Songo-Williams, Knowledge Management Specialist, and Adrienne Todela, Knowledge Management Officer, both with The TOPS Program as they shared highlights of the KM4Dev Community of Practice Workshop in Seattle, Washington held on April 6-7, 2017. Emily Janoch, Deputy Director of Knowledge Management and Learning at CARE, followed... More
TOPS Event
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Save the Children, 899 N. Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC & Online
Please join us for the next Resilience Task Force meeting, Tuesday, April 25, 10:00-11:30 am EST. In addition to updates and announcements on current resources and resilience-related activities, we are pleased to welcome Jon Kurtz, Director of Research and Learning at Mercy Corps, who will present on the work of the Rockefeller-funded Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning (MEL) Community of Practice (CoP). As relevant background... More
TOPS Event
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
FHI 360, 1825 Connecticut Ave NW – 8th Floor, Washington DC 20009
Programs with a goal of improving nutritional status can benefit from thoughtful qualitative research. Staff of nutrition-specific programs often know that an understanding of the many determinants of current dietary and child feeding practices would enhance the effectiveness of their program but may have limited time and resources to carry out extensive qualitative research. This workshop will describe the steps for improved planning within... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Online
The CMAM (Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Model) Toolkit is a collection of technical documents and tools often needed by program managers to enable them to plan for and initiate CMAM program implementation, either at the onset of a crisis, during a protracted crisis or as a new nutrition activity. The Toolkit is envisioned as an easy-to-use compilation of these tools and resources that will allow managers to rapidly access... More
TOPS Event
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Save the Children, 899 North Capitol Street NE, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20002
The TOPS Program and the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) hosted Kyle Murphy, Policy Manager of MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel's Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), to present on emerging insights  from the Randomized Control Trial (RCT) literature on information constraints to agricultural technology adoption among smallholder farmers in the developing world. The session reviewed results from evaluations on agricultural extension, social... More

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