Midterm evaluation

Siaya Maternal and Child Nutrition Nawiri Project: Midterm Evaluation

The Siaya Maternal and Child Nutrition Nawiri Project is a 36-months intervention on maternal and child nutrition. The project is executed in partnership between CARE (the coordinator), Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) and the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) in Siaya County with funding support from the European Commission (EC), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and CARE. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN), including nutrition of women of reproductive age, in Siaya County.

The specific objectives of the mid-term evaluation of the Nawiri Project were to (1) assess the process and progress in project implementation and achievement of expected results, (2) provide an opportunity for an in-depth analysis and understanding on any unintended or intended outcomes, (3) as well as provide an opportunity for learning by project teams, partners and other stakeholders. Read More...

SWEEP-Water for Food Security, Women’s Empowerment and Environmental Protection Project: Midterm Evaluation Report

This report refers to the midterm evaluation (MTE) of “SWEEP-Water for Food Security, Women’s Empowerment and Environmental Protection Project” funded by Austrian Development Cooperation through Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and implemented by CARE Ethiopia. The project was commenced in October 2017 and will be implemented through September 2020 in East and West Belesa Woredas of Central Gondar Zone, Amhara National Regional State. The ultimate impact was to improve the food security and resiliency of chronically food insecure households in Belesa Woredas.

The purpose of this mid-term evaluation was assessing the degree of success of the project thus far. Read More...

Mid-Term Evaluation of the Adolescents Empowerment Program (AEP) in Mukuru and Kajiado, 2019

BACKGROUND
The Adolescents Empowerment Program (AEP) is a five-year (2015-2020) education project that is seeking to empower marginalized in-and out-of-school adolescent girls and boys aged 10-19 years in urban informal Nairobi (Mukuru) and rural Kajiado areas of Kenya. The AEP is focusing on three main areas: (i) adolescent sexual and reproductive health, (ii) economic empowerment and (iii) use of ICT to support and enhance learning.

OBJECTIVES
The specific objectives of the midline study were to assess knowledge, attitudes and practices of adolescents on ASRH, gender norms, saving and economic empowerment, financial literacy, youth leadership and decision making, education and schooling.

METHODS
Quantitative and qualitative methods were used.

KEY FINDINGS
- The AEP was associated with likelihood of adolescents seeking SRH services, increased confidence to access SRH services and higher intention to use contraceptives.
- Negative gender norms and harmful traditional practices are prevalent, especially in Kajiado.
- The AEP was associated with increasing adolescents’ likelihood to save.
- At midline, there were increases in adolescents with economic empowerment.
- The AEP was associated with increasing adolescents’ financial literacy.
- The AEP was associated with greater participation in youth groups and improved youth leadership norms.
- The AEP had marginal effects on schooling outcomes such as learning and attendance.
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Supporting civil society in socio- economic development at local level

In early 2018, the EU Delegation in Egypt launched the mid-term evaluation of Component 3 of the Support for Partnership, Reforms and Inclusive Growth (SPRING) Programme in Egypt. The Programme encompasses two main components, namely socio-economic development and support to civil society.
The overall objective of the programme is to “improve the socio-economic conditions and rights of the poorest and those most in need of the population“. Read More...

Mid-term Evaluation of the USAID Agricultural Extension Support Activity

The purpose of the USAID Agricultural Extension Support Activity (AESA) mid-term evaluation is to 1) review and analyze the effectiveness of AESA project in achieving the program objectives and 2) analyze if the project is contributing to the improved agricultural service provision which in turn will lead to increased productivity of farmers.

The AESA project is organized into three components that together contribute to the AESA goal: "a strengthened agricultural extension system in southwest and central Bangladesh." Component 1 is premised on the empowerment of smallholder farmers (with an emphasis on women farmers), through development of farmer producer groups (FPGs) around six non-cereal value chains in central and southwest Bangladesh: jute, chili, mung bean, fish farming, beef-fattening and dairy. Component 2 enhances networking, linkages and access to information for farmers and extension agents through development and introduction of new information communication technology (ICT) capacity. Component 3 addresses transformational change within the public and private extension services, so they not only have the capacity to provide the most relevant and up-to-date technical information, but smallholder farmers have equal access to all government and non- government infrastructure and services in their area. Read More...

EVALUATION A MI-PARCOURS PROGRAMME CONJOINT “MENYUMENYESHE”

Depuis Décembre 2015, l’Ambassade des Pays Bas au Burundi a financé, un programme conjoint dénommé "MENYUMENYESHE" qui vise l’appui à la santé sexuelle et reproductive des adolescents et des jeunes au Burundi. Ce programme est mis en œuvre à travers tout le territoire national par le consortium constitué de l’UNFPA, CORDAID, Rutgers et CARE Burundi qui en assure le lead. Ce programme prévoit de couvrir de façon progressive 1,1 millions d’adolescents et de jeunes (10-24 ans) pendant 5 ans. Il s’est entre autre assigné de contribuer aux solutions durables pour améliorer la SSRAJ en mettant en place des systèmes qui seront à long terme soutenus par le Gouvernement. Dans une vision holistique, ce programme a ciblé quatre domaines de résultats: au niveau de i) l’éducation, de ii) la Santé, de iii) communautaire et de iv) la coordination.

Au terme de 3 années de mise en œuvre, la présente évaluation à mi-parcours rentre dans le but de documenter et mesurer la qualité de la mise en œuvre du programme. Il s’agit d’une évaluant qualitative de la portée des résultats atteints au niveau de la coordination et plaidoyer, de l’éducation et de l’offre des services SSRAJ et de la satisfaction des bénéficiaires tout en identifiant les défis qui influencent sa mise en œuvre. Read More...

Midterm Review of Every Voice Counts Programme

The major objective of the Mid-Term Review of the Every Voice Counts Program in Sudan was to assess the extent to which increasing participation of women and youth in community structures such as Village Development Committees and community and locality level decision making processes and access to finance had been attained. This is in addition to the aim of enhancing their representation and giving them better access to decision making bodies. Read More...

Evaluation à mi-parcours du Projet « Partenariat Contre le Trafic, l’Exploitation des Enfants et les Violences faites aux Filles aux Femmes (PACTE pour les Enfants et les Femmes) »

L’évaluation du Projet « Partenariat contre le Trafic, l’Exploitation et les Violences faites aux Filles et aux Femmes (PACTE pour les Enfants et les Femmes) » a fait ressortir les points suivants.
D’un point de vue pertinence, les objectifs du projet PACTE sont en phase avec ceux de la Politique Nationale de Protection de l’Enfance (PNPE) et répondent à des problèmes existants bel et bien dans les communautés :
 Pour 90% des personnes enquêtées, les phénomènes de trafic, d’exploitation et de violences faites aux filles et aux femmes sont effectivement une réalité, et 47% estiment que cela existe bel et bien dans leurs localités ;
 80% reconnaissent les phénomènes de trafic, d’exploitation et de violences faites aux filles et aux femmes comme des fléaux et trouvent qu’il faut s’en préoccuper.
Un an et demi après le début de la mise en oeuvre, l’évaluation révèle aussi que l’arsenal d'acteurs s’investit selon leurs domaines de compétence et parcelles de pouvoir à l’exercice d’éradication des phénomènes de trafic des enfants et des violences basées sur le genre identifiés dans les zones :
 Les acteurs impliqués dans la mise en oeuvre sont bien emmaillés sur les espaces couverts.
 Les groupements AVEC installés par les équipes des ONG et OSC partenaires de CARE Bénin/Togo dans les communes d’intervention du projet sont des creusets d’échanges qui facilitent la mise en oeuvre des activités du projet.
 186 leaders ont une bonne connaissance du projet et 6% sont impliqués dans la dénonciation des cas de violence envers les enfants et les femmes dans leur communauté. Read More...

Strengthening Rural Development Models in Georgia (ENPARD II) Midterm Evaluation

Strengthening Rural Development Models in Georgia seeks to build on the success found by Mercy Corps, CARE and People in Need as they introduced the LEADER model for rural development to the municipalities of Borjomi, Lagodekhi and Kazbegi. In addition to continuing to implement this community-led local development approach, they were tasked with providing more national-level support for other Georgian LEADER implementations with the support of ELARD, a Europe-based not for profit organisation.

A series of interviews and focus groups held with beneficiaries, implementing agencies and other stakeholders provided a very positive picture of the impact being delivered by the LEADER model in these three municipalities, particularly in terms of increased engagement with local governance, community cohesion and economic participation.

Results further suggested that the growing presence LEADER in Georgia’s rural municipalities was positively moving Georgian rural governance in the direction envisioned by the Georgian Government and the Delegation of the European Union, that is, towards a state of alignment with the European Common Agricultural Policy.

The main difficulty identified is that Georgian Government policy looking forward appears to be wavering with regards to its commitment to the LEADER model, despite the levels of investment provided by the EU. Read More...

Kore Lavi Title II Program Haiti – Midterm Evaluation

This reports presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations related to the Kore Lavi mid-term evaluation.

DESCRIPTION OF KORE LAVI. Kore Lavi’s Theory of Change holds that positive and lasting transformation must happen within interrelated domains: (1) where the effective social safety net programming and complementary services reach the most vulnerable populations and protect their access to food while building self-reliance; (2) that achieve breadth and depth in behavior and social change needed to tackle under-nutrition among vulnerable women and children; and (3) that institutionalize accountability, transparency and quality of delivery for mutually reinforcing social protection programs under the leadership of MAST.

EVALUATION METHODOLOGY. The evaluation employed three data collection methodologies: document review, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions.

PRIMARY FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS.
At the time of the MTE, Kore Lavi had completed data collection in 16 communes demonstrating the ability to adapt and innovate to address the initial data quality problems that existed at the beginning of the program.

In terms of its implementation on the ground, the food voucher scheme is operating well in identifying voucher recipients and enrolling them in the program, distributing food to beneficiaries via paper or electronic vouchers, recruiting and managing the network of collaborating vendors, enforcing policies governing the scheme and overseeing operations. Food received by beneficiary households from both paper and electronic vouchers is inevitably shared with non-household members, including neighbors and even strangers. The VSLA scheme has effectively provided a mechanism by which large numbers of vulnerable women and men living in program communities can save and access small loans at reasonable interest rates to invest in their businesses or children’s education or for other purposes.

SO3 social behavioral change communications interventions are, on the whole, well designed and well implemented. Care Groups, moreover, appear to be an effective methodology for mobilizing women and communicating critical SBCC messages. Community health agents and Lead Mothers play a critical role in SO3 activities. While they are, for the most part, doing a good job and are satisfied with their roles, they also have a number of legitimate concerns related to the lack of monetary compensation and reimbursement for expenses incurred. The program has done a good job identifying and reaching the targeted women and infants.

Kore Lavi has taken a holistic approach to gender integration from design to implementation and has made a conscious and good faith effort to integrate gender considerations in each of the four program SOs.

Kore Lavi has prioritized information management and has demonstrated a clear institutional interest in improving knowledge and learning.

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