Report on Webinar held on 18.7.2020

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Report on Webinar held on 18.7.2020

Title of Webinar: The CoViD 19 Pandemic: Evaluation and Public Policy Response

This was the first webinar of an MES Evaluation Webinar Series which have been planned to be held periodically. The webinar discussed the quality of evaluation and public policy response by asking a critical question “Where are we in this matter?”

It was held on 18 July 2020 from 10.30 am to 12 noon and there were about 35 attendees from different parts of the world.  There were four dynamic speakers. The names are in the order of appearance in the webinar:

Dr. Uma Nagpal, the former Deputy Director-General of National Health Insurance for the North West Province of South Africa covered the medical/public health aspects and shared her concerns on the implications and outcomes of the CoViD19 pandemic.

Mr. Shaifubahrim Mohd Salleh, Advisor to The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) gave us an insight into the six-stage strategies of the Malaysian Government. They are based on the 6Rs- Resolve, Resilient, Restart, Recovery, Revitalise and Reform.

Mr. Jerome Winston, formerly of RMIT University, Australia and an international member of MES made a compelling presentation on how data is gathered, mined and modelled underpinning the quantitative and qualitative characteristics which are critical to its authenticity. He highlighted the importance of appropriate data collection, analysis, and decision-making.

Dr. Aru Rasappan, the founder of the Malaysian Evaluation Society is also a founding member of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation and the Past President of the Asia Pacific Evaluation Association. He spoke on the outcomes of the CoViD19 crisis and “what next” steps. He stressed on the importance of fiscal and budgetary strategies in dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Dr. Aru also stressed on the need for mandatory evaluation of public sector programmes based on evidence.

There were several questions from the audience, seeking clarifications on how evaluation plays a part in an unprecedented occurrence such as COVID 19. They were responded by the panellists based on their individual experience and expertise.

Secretary, MES
18 August, 2020