November 9-13, 2015, the Global Reading Network hosted an EGRA workshop, “EGRA Basics and Beyond” at the University Research Co., LLC (URC) in Bethesda, MD. The workshop was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in an effort to standardize methodologies across organizations that plan and implement EGRAs. The design of the workshop illustrates the collaborative effort of multiple partners that came together to present a detailed training and sharing of knowledge which reflected established and recent best practices.
Day one addressed EGRA basics, opening with an overview of the instrument, followed by three sessions: EGRA Research Design and Sampling Framework; EGRA Adaptation and Content Development; and Equating EGRA Across Applications. Days two and three featured components of data collection, which included five sessions: Cross Language Comparability; EGRA Admin, Scoring, and Data Capture; E-data Capture Overview; Data Capture Nuts and Bolts; Training EGRA Data Collectors; Data Collector Assessment and Selection; IRR in the Field; Pilot and Full Data Collection; EGRA Data Preparation and Analysis; and EGRA Results Dissemination. Finally, the workshop concluded with five sessions related to agenda setting: Using EGRA for Program Design and Agenda Setting; Using EGRA to Set Targets and Benchmarks; Planning Makes Perfect: Design Your Own EGRA; and Reviewing EGRA Plans and Designs. Participants gained knowledge and understanding of the life cycle of an EGRA through the various technical presentations, practical implementation guidance, hands-on group work, and other discussions that occurred during the four day workshop.
Sessions were facilitated by various presenters from different organizations including: RTI International, Save the Children, FHI 360, EDC, and others. With robust participation by the community of practice, designers of the workshop built an understanding of standard methodologies among implementing organizations, which ultimately contributes to greater collaboration within the field.