Meta Evaluation

CARE International Advocacy and Influencing: A Review of Pathways to Success

This report constitutes a review of 208 advocacy and influencing initiatives that reported having successfully influenced policies, plans and budgets. A sample of 31 cases were included in for review. These comprised influencing outcomes across 16 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and Europe. We estimate that outcomes these initiatives influenced have so far improved the lives of more than 4.2 million people, with the potential for future impacts for a further 116 million people. 20 cases were from national or local level policy, plan or budget influence in the global South, and 11 case from the global North, influencing donor strategies or international negotiations.

Overall, the top 4 strategies employed across the North and the global South were: (i) lobbying-decision-makers; (ii) coalition building; (iii) public forums and (iv) method replication. Twice as common as any other strategy was lobbying decision-makers. This was also judged to be the most effective strategy in both the South and the North. 23 initiatives employed some form of lobbying decision-makers, and in 19 of these it was ranked as the most influential strategy. This lobbying was commonly a form of “insider” approach where CARE and partners already had a good relationship with government line ministries, having built credibility and trust over a number of years. Particularly in the South, advocacy efforts were part of a strategy over more than five years. Such efforts demonstrate that long-term investment is required for policy change to materialise into impact. The main tactics or strategies which did not feature strongly were activism and campaigning such as marches, petitions and use of social media, and evidence for the use of research was also uneven. We consider why this may be the case in greater detail toward the end of the paper
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Learning From Failure 2019

Driven by a wish to learn more from what goes wrong in our programming, and to examine where changes to the broader organization and system can improve our programming and impact globally, in 2019 CARE undertook its first evaluations-based failure meta-analysis. This analysis draws learning and evidence from 114 evaluations of CARE’s work from 2015-2018 to understand the patterns and trends in what goes wrong. This helps us take a data-driven approach to strategic investments and action plans to live out CARE’s commitment to high program quality and continuous improvement across the board.
The review draws from project specific data, but deliberately anonymizes the data and focuses on overarching trends to remove blame for any specific project team or set of individuals. This exercise is designed to help us learn more about how we can change our processes and patterns of support and engagement around weak areas to improve our work. CARE is using this data to build action plans and next steps to continuously improve our programming.
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Desk review to conduct assessment of ‘value for money’ provided through CARE International’s programmes to vulnerable and marginalised populations in Asia

This case study has been prepared as part of a study commissioned by CARE International (CI) to assess its long-term impact achieved in the Asia Pacific region between 2005 and 2010. As part of this process CI explored the extent to which socio-economic cost benefit analysis could be applied on a sample of CI projects, using an adapted form of the Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology1.
The aim of the study was to gain a better understanding of CI’s ability to deliver added benefit and value to participating communities and their societies, given invested resources, whilst testing the feasibility of applying an adapted form of SROI to projects. The study is also expected to contribute to a wider discussion on the usefulness, and applicability, of demonstrating value for money within the contexts CI works.
Given CI’s focus on empowerment, and especially of marginalised and vulnerable women, this case study presents the analysis and findings of four projects: Plantation Community Empowerment Project (PCEP), Sri Lanka Social & Economic Transformation of the Ultra Poor (SETU), Bangladesh Integrated Rural Development and Disaster Mitigation (IRDM), Cambodia Poverty Alleviation in Remote Upland Areas (PARUA), Laos
It is important to note that the projects selected for analysis were initiatives within wider programmes and, as such, were not intended to be illustrative of the overall programme’s magnitude or effectiveness. The SROI methodology is a good fit for CI’s projects due to its participatory nature and valuation of things that matter to stakeholders. However, due to the desk-based nature of this study, these findings should be seen as purely indicative as field research would be required to build a definitive and an accurate picture of impact. Read More...

Child, Early and Forced Marriage: CARE’s Global Experience

In two world regions—Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Asia Pacific—CARE has developed regional strategies on CEFM that galvanize influence with regional, national, and global bodies, support feminist movements, connect the local to the global, scale up and share strategies that work, and target popular media with positive images of equality.18 At the same time, CARE is working on the ground in high prevalence countries around the world. This document lays out CARE’s
approach and experience in CEFM prevention and mitigation across the globe. Read More...

Profil National Genre des Secteurs de l’Agriculture et du Développement Rural

La FAO et la Commission de la CEDEAO ont commandité une évaluation genre des secteurs de l’agriculture et du développement rural au Niger, dans le cadre de leur Projet de Coopération Technique «La réponse genre aux Plans régionaux et nationaux d’investissement agricole pour relever le Défi Faim Zéro dans la région de la CEDEAO». Cette évaluation a appréhendé, d’une part, les inégalités entre hommes et femmes dans le secteur agricole et rural et, d’autre part, l’aspect genre dans le Programme National d’Investissement Agricole (PNIA), notamment l’Initiative les Nigériens Nourrissent les Nigériens (I3N), ainsi qu’au niveau des institutions étatiques et des partenaires au développement. [104 pages] Read More...

Conscience Politique et Action collective des structures Mata Masu Dubara au Niger

Cette étude fait partie d'un vaste programme d'apprentissage contribuant à la Stratégie de Croissance de l'Impact (IGS) de « Femmes en Mouvement » (WOM) de CARE en Afrique de l'Ouest. Le but de cette étude est de tirer les leçons de plus de 25 années d'expérience de CARE Niger sur le modèle Mata Masu Dubara (MMD) qui a fait ses preuves en matière de leadership et d’empowerment des femmes. Il s’agit d’éclairer la mise à l’échelle du modèle MMD et de son impact dans la région Afrique de l’Ouest. Le but de de cette stratégie Femmes en Mouvement (WOM) est d'atteindre une masse critique pouvant servir de levier pour un mouvement social porteur d’une véritable transformation des normes sociales et des lois en faveur des droits des femmes et des filles. La prémisse générale de cette orientation est que les mouvements sociaux sont essentiels pour créer et maintenir un changement social à long terme, et des recherches publiées ont montré que l'activisme féministe est le moteur le plus important et le plus cohérent pour un changement de politique progressiste. [21 pages] Read More...

Political Consciousness, Leadership and Collective Action in the Mata Masu Dubara Structures in Niger

This research study is part of a broader learning agenda contributing to CARE’s Impact Growth Strategy (IGS) in West Africa - “Women on the Move” (WOM). The purpose of this study is to learn from CARE Niger’s more than 25 years of experience with the Mata Masu Dubara (MMD) which has a proven track record of women's leadership and empowerment. It is also about informing efforts to scale up the MMD model and its impact in the region. The goal of the WOM strategy is to reach a critical mass that can serve as a lever for a vibrant social movement with potential for real transformation of social norms and laws in favor of the rights of women and girls. The overall premise of this direction is that social movements are essential for creating and sustaining long-term social change, and published research has shown that feminist activism is the most important and consistent driver behind progressive policy change. [22 pages] Read More...

Care mega 2000 synthesis report

A Review of Findings and Methodological Lessons from CARE Final Evaluations, 1994-2000 Read More...

Care mega 2002 synthesis report

A Review of Findings and Methodological Lessons from CARE Final Evaluations, 2001-2002. Read More...

Microdose impact evaluation

This 27 page document shows the results of using conservation agriculture technologis across partner... Read More...

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