Director Karen Hardee to present at “Stories + Data = Change: The Evidence on Storytelling for Global Health”

Personal storytelling motivates and inspires us, but it can also be a compelling tool within professional communities, used to strengthen networks and improve collaboration. In the context of global health, stories help us interpret essential data, assigning people and faces to the numbers. But how do we balance stories and data, two powerful tools, and even combine them to strengthen programs and foster collaboration among practitioners?

This half-day event will feature storytellers and those who study the impact of storytelling. Attendees will learn about the Family Planning Voices initiative, which has created a vibrant community of family planning professionals who learn from each other by sharing their own stories. Speakers will cover such topics as the effect of stories on our brains, evidence-based methods to measure the impact of storytelling, and storytelling as a tool to improve critical knowledge sharing.

This event is geared for professionals working in all levels and areas of global health and development.

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Dr. Karen Hardee

Director, FP Voices Storyteller
Evidence Project, Population Council
Karen Hardee is senior associate at the Population Council, and director of the Evidence Project, a USAID project to strengthen family planning/reproductive health programs through implementation science. Dr. Hardee has extensive global policy, research, and evaluation experience in family planning and reproductive health, population and development, HIV and AIDS, gender integration, human rights, and climate change. Prior to the Population Council, she was senior fellow and deputy director of the Health Policy Project at the Futures Group, principal at Hardee Associates LLC, and visiting senior fellow at Population Reference Bureau. She has worked at Population Action International, John Snow, Inc., Family Health International (now FHI360), USAID, and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. She has worked with numerous bilateral and multilateral organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and as a consultant. She began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow. Hardee has a PhD from Cornell University’s Population and Development Program.