Research Intensive

Spiritual Metrics & Research Intensive:
Measuring What’s Difficult: How to Measure ALL That Matters in Christ-Centered Relief, Development & Advocacy

WHEN: Monday, September 30, 9:00 AM -- 4:00 PM (Preceding OneAccord)
WHERE: Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest NC
COST: $99--includes lunch and materials
WHO SHOULD COME: Everyone working in relief or development from a Christ-centered perspective who has an interest in research.   Open to Accord members and non members alike.

Often it seems that measuring what matters is, well, difficult!  For most of us, we seek to go beyond the material and understand our program’s influence on social, and especially spiritual, indicators. How do we measure these difficult things that help us to improve our relief, development or advocacy programs? These are often the indicators for what we truly care about, or are desired program impacts within our Theories of Change (ToCs).

How do we measure the impact of these programs among the people we serve?  What should we be measuring and what evidence should we be gathering? How should we go about gathering such evidence? And how do we make sense of different types of evidence?  This year the Accord Research Alliance brings together experts who are working to measure “things that are difficult to measure” within, amongst, and outside the faith-based relief and development sector.

Session 1: Social Capital and Well-Being in the Evaluation of Wealth

Michael Woolcock shares his experiences working to make the idea of social capital more prominent in the World Bank, and offers advice for others trying to advance “measures which are hard to measure” in a space dominated by material indicators.


Session 2: “What Kind of Evidence Should We Be Gathering on the Role of Faith?”

Olivia Wilkinson, Director of Research at the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, makes the case for bold evidence gathering amongst faith-based non-profits, and where our efforts should be focused for the greatest impact.


Session 3: Capturing Social and Spiritual Impact with the Kingdom Impact Framework

An opportunity for participants to learn more about and participating in the development of a unique framework for Kingdom activity (James Waters, Eido Research/KIF).


Session 4: Case Studies from Compassion International: Measuring Poverty and Spiritual Development

Allan Kakinda (M&E Specialist) and Andrew Leake (Program Effectiveness Research) share their experiences measuring two different, complex, and difficult things to measure in development programing – poverty and spiritual development.   


Intensive Speakers

Michael Woolcock, World Bank Group
Olivia Wilkinson, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities
James Waters, Eido Research/Kingdom Impact Framework
Allan Kakinda and Andrew Leake, Compassion International


INNOVATION LAB – Call for Submissions

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the One Accord Forum in Ridgecrest NC from 1:20-3:20pm, the Accord Research Alliance is hosting the first INNOVATION LAB.  Organizations are invited to apply for a limited number of spaces at this unique event, designed for fostering trust, collaborative problem solving, and rapid learning.  

Only 4 organizations will be accepted for this first event.  At the event, each organization will have 10 minutes to present a challenging work issue they are facing and get real time feedback and dialogue for 20 minutes from a panel of development experts and fellow organizations. 

The panel will consist of Dr. Bruce Wydick (University of San Francisco) and Olivia Wilkinson (Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities).  

Criteria for selection:

1) Specificity of the challenge in order to help panelists be prepared to provide helpful perspectives

2) Relevance of the challenge to the wider faith-based relief, development or advocacy landscape

3) Scope of the challenge in order to provide a meaningful and helpful dialogue in the time available

4) Focus of the challenge on a topic related to program design, monitoring, evaluation, cycles, or systems. 

5) Level of the challenge should not be too basic or too advanced

Submissions due by:
September 1st 2019