Join us for TABridge Webinars!

As we move into our second year of operation, we are working to actively share our learnings and invite interested practitioners to join in our collaborations and conversations. As a step in this direction, we are hosting a series of webinars to introduce newcomers to the network and program components.

The first webinar will offer new members an introduction to TABridge; the second will focus on the role of strategy in building tech capacity in transparency and accountability initiatives.

Over the coming months we will be hosting a range of activities to connect tech experts with transparency and accountability groups. We invite those interested to follow us and participate in the numerous endeavours that are planned, from webinars to conference calls, and from in-person meet-ups to more in-depth workshops.

Stay up to date with everything by checking out our website<http://tech.transparency-initiative.org/> or following us at @TATech and @TAInitiative on Twitter.

TABridge Webinar 1

Introduction to TABridge: A New Approach to Strategic Technology Capacity Building

  • When: 18 July 2012, 14:00 – 15:00 BST (UTC+1 or 09:00 EST)
  • How to Join: The webinar will be hosted on the Readytalk platform as well as a parallel conference call to ensure anyone can join regardless of bandwidth.
  • Webinar linkhttps://cc.readytalk.com/r/mqnnn8ogamj5 (NOTE: You will prompted for your name and email, and then enter the “waiting room” until the webinar starts). If you aren’t able to join by webinar then you can view the slides presentation here.
  • Conference call: Find your country dial-in code here.  The participant code once you connect is 6902702#
  • Register via email to tech@transparency-initiative.org, including your name and organisation and we’ll send you the access details. Please indicate “Register for TA Bridge Webinar 1″ in your message.

The first TA Bridge Webinar will offer an excellent opportunity for new members and curious onlookers to get an in-depth introduction to the TABridge Program and Network, to ask questions, and to interact with other groups from across the world who are working on similar issues.

Beginning with a brief history of the project, an introduction to the partners and a summary of work to date, the session will then turn to discussion of the program and funding models. Participating NGOs will share how they are engaging with TABridge and applying the learning. The final phase of the webinar will be an open forum to answer questions and discuss any specific tech challenges participants may be encountering, with all those present invited to share experiences and successes.

For those unable to join, the audio will be available for download shortly following the session.  The slide presentation can be viewed here.

TABridge Webinar 2

The Role of Strategy in Building Technology Capacity

  • When: Tuesday 31st July 2012, 14:00 – 15:00 BST (UTC+1 or 09:00 EST)
  • Where: The webinar will be hosted on the Readytalk platform as well as a parallel conference call to ensure anyone can join regardless of bandwidth.
  • Register via email to tech@transparency-initiative.org, including your name and organisation and we’ll send you the access details. Please indicate “Register for TA Bridge Webinar 2″ in your message.

Far too often, the process of building technology capacity within organizations and across networks focuses on… technology. However attempts to use technology to support and magnify transparency and accountability efforts cannot realize their objectives if they are not grounded within a larger strategic framework, which should in turn be based on an articulated theory of change. Integral to this theory of change is existing geopolitical structures and traditional government actors and elites.

In this webinar, TABridge partners, the Transparency Policy Project from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government will offer insights, examples and best practices on ways to think strategically in applying technology to efforts in the transparency and accountability sector. Participants will explore a series of steps to take and questions to ask in designing and implementing effective strategies, as well as ways in which to measure whether or not strategies are achieving their desired objectives. The final phase of the webinar will be an open forum to answer questions and discuss any specific strategy challenges participants may be encountering, with all those present encouraged to share experiences, successes, and challenges.

For those unable to join, the webinar will be available for download immediately following the session.

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