On March 18, 2021, the information and analytical agency FINAM held an online conference on the topic “Russian economy – is there any hope for recovery?” The discussion was attended by representatives of the academic community, business, non-governmental organizations. The issues of the effectiveness of government measures to overcome the coronavirus crisis, as well as the prospects for the recovery of the Russian economy in 2021 and beyond, were discussed. EGSR experts also took part in the discussions.
On 18-19 January 2021 the European Evaluation Society arranged the online workshop devoted to evaluation challenges during Corona crisis.
The panel of evaluation leaders have reviewed cutting edge data science technologies for exploiting the huge volumes of increasingly diverse data generated by government agencies, donors, research institutions and non-profits, and examine the methodological, organisational, political and ethical challenges facing evaluators as they transition to the big data ecosystem. The panel has also discussed the organisational and strategic challenges facing evaluation offices as they adapt to the rapidly changing data landscapes and will draw lessons from how evaluation activities are already being restructured to address the challenges of Covid-19.
On December 18, 2020, the information and analytical agency FINAM held an online conference dedicated to the socio-political results in Russia in 2020. The conference was attended by experts – representatives of business and the academic community.
The key questions during the discussion were: what political events in Russia and the world will be remembered for the outgoing year? How will the confrontation between Russia and the West develop in 2021? What signals did Putin give to society at the press conference? How effectively did the authorities deal with the crisis this year? What will happen to the economy in the coming year? Population incomes have been declining for several years in a row – will discontent grow in the country, and can this result in some kind of protest movement?
On October 29, 2020, the information and analytical agency FINAM held an online conference on the recovery of the Russian economy. During the conference, issues related to the current emidemiological situation in the world, the threat of new sanctions, a drop in oil prices, a drop in consumption and real incomes of citizens, an increase in unemployment, as well as an increased burden on the country’s budget due to social and economic payments to citizens and business. EDSG experts took part in the conference.
Webinar “Monitoring and evaluation during and after the crisis – consequences and new approaches for evaluating projects and programs”
Webinar “Monitoring and evaluation during and after the crisis – consequences and new approaches for evaluating projects and programs” dedicated to the M&E issues was hosted by the World Bank representatives on May 28, 2020.
President of Association of Specialists in Program and Policy Evaluation (ASOPP) highlighted the importance of integration of evaluation into the UN approach to responding to the pandemic crisis and promotion of evaluation as a tool for improving programs and projects. The expert also touched upon the monitoring of crisis response programs and methodological approaches to conducting an evaluation during a pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic and the associated transition to distance learning pose new challenges for teachers, including how to effectively evaluate students’ knowledge online. EDSG expert delivered an online training conducting online exams, interviews and other assessment activities on May 19, 2020 as part of the work with the Central Asia Academic Network. The online event brought together academics from 5 Central Asian countries. Expert focused on the following issues: assessment of knowledge in an online format, guidelines for preparation and conduction of the online exam.
The training participants also learned on proctor services, an algorithm for conducting an online exam and how to effectively evaluate students’ knowledge online.
The expert webinar “International experience in COVID-19 response by countries and international organizations” hosted by the World Bank took place via Webex on April 22, 2020. The event embraced a wide range of participants from the state bodies (Accounts Chamber, the Ministry of Economic Development, Rosstat), expert and academic community (KPMG, Association of Specialists in Program and Policy Evaluation (ASOPP), RANEPA, Economic Expert Group) and NGOs (Donors Forum, charity fund “Volunteers to help orphan children”). The agenda of the event and list of participants are attached.
The meeting was devoted to the discussion how countries and international organizations organize measures of support to population, economy and business during the coronavirus pandemic and how financial flows and aid distribution shall be monitored. The framework response was prepared by H.M. Boehmer (Columbia University) and Y. Zaytsev (MGIMO University). During the round of discussions the following comments and suggestions were expressed by the meeting participants.
COVID-19 pandemic poses a real threat to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. The pace of progress was already the issue of concern of the international community in the last year. New challenges are to come this year with the budgets constraints. Representatives of the state bodies suggested that the SDGs indicators should be revised and adjusted;
There is a lack of relevant and in-time presented data due to coronavirus affect monitoring and evaluation issues.
EDSG expert delivered a webinar on practical online solutions in science and education on April 18, 2020 as part of the work with the Central Asia Academic Network. The online event brought together 40 active interested participants from 5 Central Asian countries: experts, researchers, academics, specialists in the field of water resources, energy, education, inter-regional cooperation. 122 unique visitors were attending the webinar. The key topics for discussion included ‘online science and education’, ‘online tools and platforms’, ‘online communications in science and education’.
On March 31, 2020, the FINAM Information and Analytical Center held an online conference on the prospects for the development of the Russian economy after the coronovirus pandemic in 2020. The conference discussed issues such as support for economic sectors, forecast for the dollar, oil prices, etc.
In particular, it was noted that, as a whole, due to the recession in a number of countries (primarily in the USA), the Russian economy will be able to stay afloat due to a possible increase in hydrocarbon prices. Prices may rise due to increased demand from the Chinese economy, which, after a relatively faster recovery, will receive sales markets in the countries most affected by the coronovirus (primarily the United States).
As part of the discussions, the experts of the EDSG adopted.
On January 23, 2020, an online conference was held at the FINAM analytical agency on the prospects for introducing new proposals voiced by the President of Russia to the Federal Assembly on January 15, 2020. The conference was attended by experts from the academic and business community. In particular, issues related to amendments to the Constitution of Russia were discussed. The discussions were also attended by EDSG experts.