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Natasha Qureshi

Joined: 31 Aug 2005
Last Visit: 30 Jan 2012
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Location: Ithaca, NY
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:38 pm    Post subject: Oxford Computer Lab Reply with quote

Oxfords Kickoff Call [1.23.10]

Attendees: Mustafa Naveed [MN]
Naveed Ahmad [NA]
Hiba Rahim [HR]
Natasha Quereshi [NQ]
Others had difficulty dialing-in

Goals for the call:

1. Understand the ADP Process
2. Go over our thoughts on the project proposals and identify key diligence questions

ADP Process:

1. Kickoff call - identify gaps in the proposal
2. Use forum to further identify gaps
3. Contact Implementation NGO
4. Answer gap questions
5. Make go / no go decision
6. Screening committee makes

Funding - generally happens in stages, especially with NGOs we haven't worked with before, to ensure

Key diligence questions:

1. Critical Need [Preliminary owner: NA]
a. Are there other labs in the vicinity?

2. Sustainability [Preliminary owner: NA]
a. Do the budget line items make sense?
i. Do the computers include a monitor?
b. Revenue streams?
i. Fees (300 PKR) - Are these reasonable? Do these alone make the program sustainable?
ii. What other streams are investigated?
iii. Could we rent the lab out to other organizations in the area?

3. Measurability [Preliminary owner: MN]
a. How do they define success of the project?

4. Social Return [Preliminary owner: NA]
a. Are there other labs in the vicinity?
b. Can we simply upgrade the existing computers?
c. What's the curriculum? During the day / after school?
i. Objectives?
ii. What are the details of the course?
iii. What classes are actually going to be taught?
iv. Student teacher / ratios?
v. Kids / machine? Is this number of machines necessary?
vi. What about classes/grades 8-10?
d. Will there be an internet connection?

5. Other Considerations [Preliminary owner: MN]
a. Organization itself
i. References check out?
ii. Foundations - both contacting a few and better revenue data?
iii. Recent financials (FY 2009)?
iv. Organizational structure - how are the schools organized and interacting with each other?
v. Financials - accumulated fund / cash on hand? it seems like this
b. What's the current facility like?
c. What's the timeline expectation? What's the implementation timeline requirements (i.e. time to setup lab, time to hire a teacher, etc.)

Other structure to consider: Programmatic, Financial, Organizational

Next steps

1. Natasha will search for similar project evaluation to see what types of metrics and see
2. Natasha will ask Haleema to introduce the project evaluation team to the NGO
3. Determine questions necessary / desired for site visit
4. Natasha will send out login information for project forums

Items team is waiting for
1. Response from Owais and Yasir about interest level
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