The Research Convening which was held on the 5th and 6th of August 2021 brought together all nine Researchers on the DIWA Project to give a presentation on their various impact evaluation of government interventions. The research convening was organized with the sole purpose of affording West African Principal Investigators the opportunity to share their work, progress made, next steps, and also receive feedback from other researchers to enable them refine their study design where necessary.
This convening also gave the DIWA team the elbow room to track the progress of work beyond the quarterly reports and the occasional field visit and draw lessons from the various research teams for effective management and coordination of the research. Again, it helped to ascertain challenging areas (such as communicating with policymakers) that the DIWA team could help with.
The research convening began with an introduction of the DIWA initiative and opening remarks by the project director and a programme officer from the Hewlett Foundation respectively. Afterwards, the various principal investigators took turns to present their impact evaluation studies of government interventions with particular emphasis on progress made, challenges, and next steps. Each presentation was then followed by a questions and answers session during which other researchers critiqued and proffered ways to refine some of the study designs. The convening was brought to a closure with final remarks from the DIWA team.