July was preferred for the conference: “I’m not sure that mid-July, in the holiday season, is the best time to hold PREM Week.” “I’d suggest holding it biannually, with greater focus.” “Better timing. Hold it in March or April.” Three of the twenty-five respondents said that more participation from outside agencies was needed: “Participation of bilateral agencies or even NGOs in the exhibit and forums would help.” “More cross sectoral attendance in specific sessions.” Seven respondents (13%), of the 53 total respondents, stated that the organizers should ask bank staff in advance for ideas on topics and sessions for PREM Week: “Ask Thematic Group organizers of specific sessions to survey staff in advance, especially field staff, so that hey focus the sessions on a specific tool/lesson rather than trying to make them general to attract a wide audience.” “Ask World Bank staff for their preferences in selection of topics.” “Create a survey for have people express which topics they would like to have.” Seven respondents had general recommendations which did not fall into a similar category. Some of their suggestions included: “Less sound and fury. More substance.” “I would have a Web page for PREM Week papers in advance.” Five respondents (9%) stated that more training events and workshops were needed. These were their ideas: “Practicing economists can get rusty on basics, so there should be courses which help to renew these skills, such as basic econometrics, trade, monetary theory, etc. 19
PREM Week '99 Evaluation Report These can be 3-5 day courses before PREM Week and there would probably be a large demand for them.” “Perhaps a few more training opportunities during the week.” Four respondents (8%) indicated that the conference was good and therefore needed no changes: “Great improvement over last year. Very worthwhile.” “Continue to think creatively. I was impressed by the creativity and boldness of the balloon debate format and by your ability to find such good sports as participants.” “I though PREM Week was a success.” Three respondents (6%) said that conference was too far away and needed to be held in Washington: “Find a place closer to DC. University of Maryland is a bit far away.” “Can’t this be held downtown?” Three respondents stated that their budget constraints or the costs of attendance were a problem for them or for their colleagues to attend PREM Week: “Charge less so that more staff can attend.” “Let staff who want to attend do so without any constraints of budget.” I know many staff who did not attend because of budget constraints…somebody else was watching the purse’s strings.” An additional three respondents had no opinion.
- Spring '19
- JAne Smith
- Poverty, PREM Network