Adaptations in Outcome Mapping to meet the M&E challenges

The Outcome Mapping Lab 2012 is the first event to be dedicated to collective learning around the use of Outcome Mapping (OM) for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in complex situations, taking place in Beirut, Lebanon from the 5-8 February, 2012.

The theme of the Lab is “Outcome Mapping: Learning to Adapt”, exploring how the system is being adapted for different uses and contexts, identifying the challenges often faced in M&E and working through to solutions.

Thinking and practice has evolved significantly over the 10 years since Outcome Mapping began making a contribution to planning, monitoring and evaluating social change interventions. Managers and evaluators have expanded their use of approaches that recognize and respond to the complexity often encountered by initiatives seeking behavioural change.

To document these innovations and to improve their understanding of how to support sustainable improvements in human and ecological well-being, the Outcome Mapping Learning Community is hosting this four-day laboratory where experienced and innovative practitioners can share knowledge and work together to bring new approaches to monitoring and evaluation to the surface.

This event takes OM learning up a notch; going beyond basic training and the presentation of papers. Facilitated learning sessions will explore successes and challenges in Outcome Mapping applications around the world.

Keynote speakers will raise questions about current M&E practice and how OM fits with emerging approaches. Designed to foster creative and practical thinking, facilitated working group sessions will be combined with plenary discussions, presentations and debate to provide participants with new ways of thinking and acting relevant to their own working environments.

Interested parties can take advantage of the early-bird discount by booking before 18 November 2011. For more information and to register, visit the OM Lab 2012 website: or contact

Planning for research data management

The sixth meeting of the Research Data Management Forum (RDMF6), sponsored by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) in association with Research Information Network, will be hosted by the University of Leicester on 5-6 May 2011.

The theme for the meeting, Planning for research data management – meeting funder imperatives, will provide an opportunity to explore the principles for planning set by the major funders, what these mean in practice for researchers and institutions, as well as how plans are assessed, monitored and their agreed outputs measured.

The Keynote will be made by Juan Bicarregui (Science and Technology Facilities Council and RIN Research Communications Group) on research funder requirements for data management planning.

Presentations and discussions currently planned will cover a range of topical issues, including practical guidance and training for effective data management planning, how to win the grant and deliver the plan, and the impact on resourcing support for the plan.

The registration form and details on the full programme are now available from the Digital Curation Centre.

Eduserv covering Virtualisation and the Cloud

Eduserv still have some places available for their Symposium this year.

Virtualisation and the Cloud: Efficiency, shared services, impact and effectiveness is to be held on 12 May 2011 at Royal College of Physicians, London. The event aims to provide a platform for institutions to explore this field among peers having been organised for benefit of the HE/FE sector.

This is likely to be an opportunity to hear about the latest developments in the University Modernisation Fund (UMF) shared services in cloud computing infrastructure project, as well as come away with an understanding of the strategic role of virtualisation and the cloud in the delivery of shared IT services. Current and future directions in the provision of cloud solutions, within academia and beyond, will be covered, as will impacts on efficiency and cost effectiveness.

There are two keynote speakers, Simon Wardley from Leading Edge Forum and Armando Fox, an author of the position paper “Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing”. Other speakers include Chris Cobb (Pro Vice Chancellor, Roehampton University), Phil Richards (Director of IT, Loughborough University), Kenji Takeda (Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton) and Terence Harmer (Technical Director, Belfast e-Science Centre).

You can find out more and register for a free place through Eduserv’s Symposium page.