Government To Strengthen Mechanisms To Evaluate Contribution Of Sport

Story Highlights This is to be achieved through the design of a results framework and monitoring and evaluation system for the National Sports Policy, and strategic national priorities to be pursued in the area of sport, under the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan (NDP) and Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Frameworks (MTFs). Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to strengthening mechanisms and capacity to monitor and evaluate the contribution of sport to national development. Speaking at a workshop on ‘Designing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M+E) Framework for Sport Development’ on Wednesday (September 25), at the Courtyard by Marriot in New Kingston, Ms. Grange described the framework as a “game changer”, which will assist in measuring the impact of sport on national development. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to strengthening mechanisms and capacity to monitor and evaluate the contribution of sport to national development.This is to be achieved through the design of a results framework and monitoring and evaluation system for the National Sports Policy, and strategic national priorities to be pursued in the area of sport, under the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan (NDP) and Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Frameworks (MTFs).Speaking at a workshop on ‘Designing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M+E) Framework for Sport Development’ on Wednesday (September 25), at the Courtyard by Marriot in New Kingston, Ms. Grange described the framework as a “game changer”, which will assist in measuring the impact of sport on national development.“What this framework has done is to provide, for the first time, a way to align how, through sport, we are contributing to achieving the objectives of our National Development Plan and our Vision to be ‘the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business’, and how we are contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals,” she said.The workshop was attended by national stakeholders, including representatives from national sports federations, tertiary institutions, community sport development organisations, other ministries, departments and agencies.The draft national results framework and M+E system were presented to the stakeholders for review, validation and to make recommendations. Their recommendations will be used to finalise the framework and develop an implementation plan.The Commonwealth Secretariat is providing technical assistance to support the design and development process.A Commonwealth technical team conducted the first in-country mission in May 2019. This included two national workshops. The two-day workshop (September 25 to 26) is the second in-country mission.Ms. Grange thanked the Commonwealth Secretariat for their assistance in the drafting of the Policy.“The partnership is mutually beneficial, as Jamaica sits on the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport and, in a few days, will be sharing our experience with the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for sport,” she said.The session will contribute to the review of the 2013 National Sport Policy, provide input for the development of a national results framework and M+E system, and initiate capacity building and training of sport policy stakeholders in monitoring and evaluating the contribution of sport to national development. read more

Variety to host diversity conference Pharrell to speak

Variety to host diversity conference, Pharrell to speak FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, singer Pharrell Williams arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Williams will speak at a conference hosted by Variety on Nov. 1, to discuss solutions to Hollywood’s lagging record in diversity. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2016 9:46 am MDT Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Variety will host a conference of film executives and stars to discuss solutions to Hollywood’s lagging record in diversity.The conference, which Variety is to announce Monday, will include keynote conversations with Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Studios, and Pharrell Williams. The singer-producer is co-composing the score for the upcoming “Hidden Figures,” a film about African-American mathematicians working for NASA in the early 1960s.Dubbed “Inclusion,” the conference is to be held Nov. 1 in Beverly Hills, California. It will include a number of panels focused on finding ways to support underrepresented groups in film and television.“There is no issue in Hollywood more important and relevant than diversity and inclusion,” Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, group publisher of Variety, said in a statement.Age discrimination is also a planned discussion topic at the conference, co-sponsored by AARP. As a way to combat age discrimination, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to require websites like IMDb to remove an actor’s age upon request.“We hope the dialogue at the Variety conference will lead not only to greater awareness of the issue, but to more and better opportunities for talented actors, producers, directors and others in the creative community — whatever their age,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP chief executive. read more