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Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy Analysis and Learning (MEPAL)

The distinct yet related activities of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEPAL) offer a cross-cutting service to all our other areas of expertise and are integrated into every stage of our work from design through implementation to lesson-learning at the end of a programme to ensure we deliver lasting results and maximizes Value for Money (VfM).

We design and implement flexible, participatory MEPAL approaches and also 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 within organisations, development sectors and programmes. We aim at long-term goals to improve existing and future management of output, outcomes and impact. We have an established track record in the conduct of complex and multi-country program evaluations and are at the forefront of thinking in MEPAL for adaptive programme management. We practice continuous assessment of programmes on the basis of comprehensive information monitoring the progress of ongoing activities. Through our interventions, we contribute towards improved performance and accountability and demonstrate the value of client investment so that value for money can be optimised. The breadth of our in-house expertise, coupled with our practical experience in many of the key sectors lies at the heart of our M&E reputation and service.

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  • DFID II Evaluation Manager-Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) (2017-2023)

    SPHEIR is DFID’s flagship intervention in higher education, supporting ambitious and high-value partnerships between institutions, NGOs and private sector organisations to transform the quality, relevance, inclusiveness and value of Higher Education (HE) in 11 countries of Africa, the Middle East and Asia (Myanmar). IPE Global is evaluating SPHEIR in order to develop understanding of what design aspects make HE interventions successful and to improve the knowledge on the longer-term impacts of HE strengthening. This includes three principal strands; (i) conducting formative evaluation (ii) conducting two summative evaluations: one mid-term evaluation and one final theory based impact evaluation; and (iii) linking primary and secondary research projects, including carrying out two Rapid Evidence Assessments or similar rigorous literature reviews.

  • DFID II Evaluating the Impact of CDC’s Financial Institutions Portfolio (2019-2022)

    An evaluation assessment of the impact of investments to reflect on the portfolio successes and challenges, to understand better how and in what context, CDC’s investments deliver sustainable development impact on overall economies. CDC makes investments in financial institutions to provide additional capital; support and strengthen businesses’ growth and reach for improved access to diverse and competitive markets, products, and services. CDC aims to increase sustainable economic growth, job creation, greater market access, and improve quality of life for poor people living in Africa and South Asia.

    IPE Global is evaluating the impact of CDC investments in the financial sector to reflect on the portfolio successes and challenges, the project delves deeper to explore the nature of the impact experienced as a result of such investments, informs course alignment and correction, and distills lesson for future iterations, partnerships, and collaboration. The evaluation includes informing course alignment and correction, and disseminating lessons learnt for future iterations, partnerships, and collaboration.

  • DFID II Independent Monitoring and Process Evaluation Regional Framework Agreement (IMPERFA), Lot 2 - Process Evaluation, East Africa (2019-2021)

    IMPERFA is a framework for process evaluation across regions. The IPE Global proposal showcased our strength to deliver across the regions through our regional and national network of partners. It also showcased our experience of managing frameworks and delivering quality work.

  • DFID II Monitoring and Learning Agent for the International Action against Corruption Programme (I-ACT), Global (2019-2021)

    I-ACT is a multi-component programme aimed at reducing incentives for corruption. IPE Global is undertaking the I-ACT programme to provide a monitoring and adaptive learning function wherein the core tasks include monitoring and systematically reporting programme outputs and outcomes; gathering evidence to support programme reporting (including Annual Reviews); informing on-going operational decisions about programme delivery; and identifying synergies and innovative approaches to anti-corruption and transparency (FAST) programmes.

  • DFID II Impact Evaluation of the Development Capital Investment (DCI) Intervention of DFID India’s Private Sector Infrastructure Portfolio, India (2018-2021)

    This study aims to evaluate impact of capital intervention through debt and equity within DFID India’s private sector infrastructure portfolio. This is the first major study of its kind to look at the impact of DCI intervention on DFID India’s private sector infrastructure portfolio. IPE Global has successfully completed the baseline evaluation and will be initiating the midline valuation of the project to identify the trajectory of change and allow revisions to the evaluation design & methodology to be implemented for the final evaluation. This evaluation will focus on the balance between commercial and developmental outcomes of DCI projects in infrastructure in DFID India.

  • DFID II Independent Evaluation of TradeMark East Africa (2015-2019)

    Designed by DFID and funded by the UK, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden and USA, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) programme aimed to improve trade competitiveness in East Africa by reducing transport time/costs and improving the trade environment, contributing to sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. IPE Triple Line undertook an independent evaluation of Trade Mark East Africa’s (TMEA)’s project-level outputs and outcomes. The evaluation team used semi-structured qualitative interviews with TMEA staff, implementation partners and project stakeholders across Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to evaluate TMEA outputs and outcomes against DAC criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability. Projects within our sample included support to export markets for tea in Kenya, and investment into coffee value chains in Rwanda to increase export capability.

  • DFID II Evaluation of the DFID’s Climate Proofing Growth and Development (CPGD) Programme (2018-2019)

    CPGD was designed to improve the ability of governments to assess and integrate climate change risks and opportunities across budgets, planning and investment; and enable climate resilient low carbon growth and development in the region. It was implemented regionally across 11 locations: five countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and India) and six states in India (Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Odisha). The programme supported a government and other stakeholders to: transform their systems of planning and delivery; build knowledge and capacity of political leaders, governments, practitioners and investors; design and deliver climate resilience and low carbon measures; and leverage and shape investments for climate compatible development. IPE Global assisted DFID in preparing the evaluation assessing the performance of the programme with respect to its outcomes and outputs. The evaluation focused on the following four areas: i) assessing achievements and progress; ii) evaluating the extent the programme has positively influenced the climate resilient policies and budgeting of the partner countries/states; iii) examining the programme’s approach and achievements of Value for Money (VfM); and (iv) assessing if the regional focus of the programme provides strong value for money.

  • DFID II Evaluation Management Unit for Forestry, Land-use and Governance (FLAG), Indonesia (2015-2018)

    FLAG was a £32.5 million, 3-year (2015-2018) programme to support action to reduce the rate of deforestation and Peat land degradation in Indonesia. IPE Triple Line developed and implemented an evaluation framework which supported evidence-based decision making that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation in Indonesia. The framework was in accordance with Government of United Kingdom’s efforts to avoid climate change impacts which would set back global efforts for poverty reduction.

  • DFID II Provision of Core Monitoring and Evaluation Services to DFID through SEQAS (2016-2020) and EQUALS – Evaluation Quality Assurance and Learning Service in UK (2012-2015)

    UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) established an external service providing independent technical support and quality assurance for evaluations in order to increase the quality and consistency of their evaluation products. IPE Global delivered this service - the Specialist Evaluation and Quality Assurance Service (SEQAS) (2016 - 2020) and subsequently Evaluation Quality Assurance and Learning Service (EQuALS) (2012-2015) in partnership with International Organisation Development (IOD PARC). IPE Triple Line provided DFID with a range of core monitoring and evaluation services to support improvement in the effectiveness and efficiency of DFID programme performance. The services were demand driven with the aim of helping DFID staff to make strategic choices from the range of appropriate methods, approaches and designs for monitoring reviews and evaluations. We are also providing quality assurance services to DFID for monitoring and evaluation design (including theories of change), implementation and delivery.

  • The World Bank || Independent Verification Agency (IVA) to conduct National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS), India, (2017-2022)

    IPE Global in partnership with Kantar Public is supporting the MDWS, Government of India in conducting five rounds of national annual rural sanitation survey (NARSS) between 2017 and 2022. Through the surveys, IPE Global will verify the progress of states and union territories (UTs) on key rural sanitation performance indicators under SBM(G). Each round of survey will cover around 100,000 households across the country. The survey findings will be used to assess the state performance against the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), aligning these with Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs). Besides preparation of independent verification reports, the IPE Global is also supporting the government in developing an incentive mechanism for improving performance against the finalised SBM-G KPIs.

  • GSMA II Mobile 4 Development Monitoring and Evaluation, Global (2019-2021)

    The project intervention is providing monitoring and evaluation services for GSMA (the mobile industry trade association) in relation to their strategic partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The partnership is funding three work streams - sustainability, national dialogues and connected women – all promoting mobile-based solutions and connectivity for sustainable development. We have developed a monitoring and evaluation framework including a theory of change for the partnership, and a results framework and supporting monitoring systems. IPE Triple Line’s evaluation, which includes market spotlight reports or country case studies on GSMA interventions, will enable GSMA and Sida to better understand the mechanisms, results and impacts of the strategic partnership. The evaluation will also assess the extent GSMA’s interventions have driven the actions by Government and mobile network operators how these actions have contributed towards a digitally enabled 2030 sustainable development agenda.

  • UNDP II Evaluation of the National Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Programme, Philippines (2019-2020)

    The study aims to undertake a formative evaluation of the National ECCD System to provide insight into how its design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation may be further improved. IPE Global is conducting the study to: assist NEDA and the ECCD Council in designing how it may best assess how different ECCD efforts contribute to PDP-level outcomes, including but not limited to the readiness of 4-year-old children for kindergarten; contribute to ECCD Council’s efforts to determine its future strategic direction, particularly in strengthening its capacity to enable the achievement of desired ECCD goals.

  • NITI Aayog II Evaluation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes under Ministry of Women and Child Development, Pan-India, (2019)

    The Government of India has adopted outcome-output based monitoring framework for Centrally Sponsored Schemes to make efficient and effective use pf public resources. IPE Global was assigned to perform a sectoral level evaluation of the Women and Child Development Sector which would help in rationalisation of schemes. The Government had assigned Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog, the responsibility to conduct independent third-party evaluation of all the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS). This was a first of its kind evaluation commissioned by the Government of India by IPE Global.

  • UNICEF II Assessment of the UNICEF Integrated Programming Strategy for the First 1000 Days, Philippines (2018-2019)

    The overall goal of “First 1000 Days” (F1KD) programme was to ensure the full development of the child through the integrated delivery of services in health, nutrition, psychosocial stimulation, early childhood education, and child protection social services, UNICEF helps governments and partners to address all the aspects that hinder mothers and babies from receiving adequate care and nutrition during the critical 1000-day period. IPE Global conducted an assessment of UNICEF’s integration strategy (using OECD’s DAC evaluation criteria of sustainability) for F1KD in pilot municipalities of Philippines for young children and pregnant women which would further serve as evidence base for the Government of Philippines to rollout the F1KD integrated strategy suitable for different local government unit contexts.

  • The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) II Mid-term Evaluation of Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformation (SHIFT) Programme in ASEAN Region Myanmar and Cambodia (2018)

    The Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) programme aimed to broaden and improve financial inclusion to enable target groups to be active agents of the formal economy. SHIFT aimed to provide increased income and employment opportunities, and reduce vulnerability to financial shocks by deepening access to well-regulated financial products targeted at the low-income population, especially women. IPE Global conducted a mid-term evaluation over a period of three months to provide: a programmatic learning to inform and guide programme implementation and/or strategy, and an assessment of results (to learn what is working /likely to work, why and for whom).

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