Step Up presents HKDI evaluation results

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Step Up Consulting services was contracted by the Hugpong sa Kalambuan-Dabaw (HKDI) and World Vision to conduct an end-of-program evaluation of the area development program implemented in 12 communities in Davao City.  Michael Canares served as the chair of the 6-member field evaluation team. He was assisted by research associate Jean Celeste Paredes, also of Step Up.

The presentation of evaluation results was done at Regency Hotel in Davao City last 16 August 2011 and was attended by board of trustees, barangay leaders and HKDI partners.

HKDI is a community based organization established almost 13 years ago that envisions a developed and peaceful community wherein families freely exercise their faith and live in accordance with the will of God/Allah/Magbabaya. It also desires to help build communities that model the values of social justice, respect the rights and dignity of people, take care of the environment, and actively involve in building a government that is responsive to the genuine needs and aspirations of the people.

Step Up Assists Bukidnon Internal Audit

The Provincial Internal Audit Service Office of the Province of Bukidnon conducted a training on (internal) audit report writing last 11-13 August 2011 at Loiza’s Pavillion in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.  Step Up Consulting Services head Michael Canares was invited as a resource person for the said activity.

Ms. Gemma Borreros, Provincial Coordinator of the Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF) in Bukidnon invited Mr. Canares.  It can be noted that Step Up also was hired by PRMF in Bohol to assist the Provincial Internal Audit Office (PIAO) to capacitate the newly created PIAO in the conduct of risk assessments, and the formulation of the internal audit manual and annual audit plan.

The participants were very appreciative of the said activity because the methods employed by Mr. Canares were very relevant to the current condition of the province. Mr. Canares used actual case studies as a learning platform to discuss theories and principles in internal audit.  Ms. Marilou Bueno, PIASO head together with her team were appreciative of the training methodology that they will be inviting Mr. Canares again in the October this year.

Step Up signs new contract with PEF

Step Up recently signed a new contract with Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) for the financial monitoring and evaluation of two of its grant holders based in Cebu City.  The engagement intends to evaluate loan restructuring proposals of the two organizations as a basis for a course of action on the part of PEF.

Peace and Equity Foundation has been a long time client of Step Up Consulting Services dating way back 2004.  Step Up has undertaken several consulting contracts with the organization, most noteworthy were the assistance provided to water user associations in managing their water systems, the development of a training module for bookeepers of people’s organizations and community-based associations, and a manual for restricted grants.

Step Up Conducts Training on Data Analysis

As part of its evaluation contract with World Vision Philippines, Step Up conducted a training on data analysis for four evaluation teams from different parts of the country last July 26-29, 2011.

The training was held at Golden Peak Hotel in Cebu City and was attended by roughly 25 members of evaluation teams from Surigao, Davao, Cagayan/Isabela, and Cavite.

The training was facilitated by managing consultant Michael Canares with associate consultant Marijoe Narca and research associate Jean Celeste Paredes.  It covered sessions on quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, use of technology for data consolidation and analysis, interpretation, and report writing.