For us, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is a cross-cutting service strengthening the importance of knowing the impact of our work and feeding into learning and continual improvement across our programmes and our own organisation. Our excellence in evaluation is demonstrated by its peer- review of DFID’s evaluation terms of reference, inception and evaluation reports. The team has strong expertise in both quantitative and qualitative analysis and knowing how to use evidence and learning for improved practice. This area continues to grow and play a key role across all sectors of our business from private sector development, governance, grant management, urban development, climate change and environment, social and economic empowerment, health, climate change and forest governance. Our services involve all stages of the project and programme cycles including design, implementation, capturing learning at the end of programmes policies and implementation practices. Through our intervention, we contribute towards improving performance, promoting accountability and demonstrating the value of client investment so that Value for Money (VfM) can be optimised.
We work with donors, international financing institutions, civil society organisations and the private sector to design and implement flexible, participatory MEL approaches and to provide tools and technical solutions to monitor the present, evaluate the past and shape the future. With gender and inclusion being a key component of our work, our approaches are focused on continual improvement and learning with organisations, development sectors and programmes.
We have carried out MEL assignments across Asia, Africa and Latin America. We draw on our broad experience of different cultures and contexts along with our South-South knowledge to deliver innovative solutions to stakeholders and clients seeking to learn from the results of their work.
We undertook a summative evaluation of DFID's Health Partnership Scheme in 2016. The Health Partnership Scheme (HPS), is a key DFID programme which aims to address the critical health worker needs in developing countries. HPS supports partnerships between UK health institutions and those in low income countries, through health service skills transfer and capacity development. The summative evaluation of HPS used a multi-level based framework to assess the impact and effectiveness of the programme and its progress towards achieving desired outcomes and its impact. Additionally it recommended how to strengthen programme monitoring and evaluation in order to improve the robust monitoring system for the remaining programme implementation and inform design and monitoring approaches to health partnership programmes more generally. Our team conducted a systematic in-depth analysis of the qualitative aspects which will inform wider lesson learning about building health worker capacity in developing countries and the reciprocal benefits of partnerships in the UK. The evaluation used a participatory evaluation design process that built on and expanded existing review mechanisms and involved key stakeholders to support learning and buy-in. The team used a variety of complementary and innovative methods to generate additional data to support the existing monitoring data.The evaluation was awarded through DFID's Global Evaluation Services Framework Agreement (GEFA).
According to Article 7 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ratified by Government of Myanmar, children with disabilities shall fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedom on an equal basis with other children. To this end, we are conducting a Situation Analysis (SitAn) to analyse and gather evidence on the extent to which the rights of children with disabilities in Myanmar are being fulfilled, in accordance with the CRC (Convention on Rights of Children) and the CRPD. Recommendations from SitAN will directly contribute to framing and refining of national policies designed to enhance the realisation of rights for children with disabilities. As part of the SitAn, we are also producing the estimates for prevalence of disabilities in child in select locations in the country for the first time.
We are managing the Evaluation Management Unit for DFID’s FLAG programme in Indonesia for a 3 year period (2015 – 2018). FLAG is a £32.5 million programme that aims to deliver effective and transparent land-use systems, government accountability at Provincial level, and transparency on land licensing decisions. FLAG supports the improvement of sustainable and responsible business, particularly in palm oil, and promote alternative approaches to large scale deforestation.The EMU will develop and implement an evaluation framework for evaluating the programme at the project and programme levels. The evaluation framework will ensure that the data is gathered and analysed for each project, and then synthesized for the evaluation of the overall programme.We will assess the results achieved by FLAG and implement an adaptive learning model, which will support evidence-based decision making regarding the scale-up or redesign of the programme interventions.
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