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Program Management

External evaluations

Evaluation makes an inherent part of the programming cycle. Good planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) includes regular internal evaluation of strategies, approaches and activities. External evaluation comes in where commissioner demands an independent, third-party review of the activities, results, outcomes and impacts. This generally occurs at mid-term and at the end of programmes or projects. External evaluations generally follow the general OECD/DAC evaluation criteria: relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability.

In Mid-Term Reviews the focus is on assessing the implementation of the programme or project in its first years, as to improve implementation in the remaining period. Mid-Term Reviews also already reflect on the perspectives for follow-up after programme or project period.

End-term Evaluations or Final evaluations identify lessons learned and put emphasis on the assessment of the impacts and the sustainability of the programme or project strategies, approaches and activities. Final evaluations provide recommendations to commissioner, donor and programme or project partners on future programming and on any follow-up to the finished phase of the programme or project.

Fair & Sustainable is experienced in external evaluation of complex programmes and projects. Our focus is on qualitative evaluations which are practice-based, participatory, context-sensitive and policy-oriented. Our evaluations aim to contribute to learning by the commissioner, project partners and relevant third parties.

Recent Projects

‘Building Bridges for Women’s Economic Empowerment’ Mid-Term Evaluation, Kenya – Women-Win, 2022

Consultants: Emmy Mugasia and Els Rijke

Employable Youth In Ethiopia – Woord & Daad, 2021-2022

Final Evaluation of the “Employable Youth in Ethiopia” project -youth employment and entrepreneurship.

Consultant: Peter Ton

Improving Market Opportunities for Women Agricultural Producers (IMOW) – MEDA, 2021-2022

Final valuation and gender assessment of the Improving Market Opportunities for Women (IMOW) program in Shan and Kayin States.

Consultants: Angelica Senders, Peter Ton

Mid-Term Review of the LIWAY project – SNV Ethiopia, 2021

Review of the LI-WAY project, a MSD project aiming to create job opportunities for people in Addis Ababa.

Consultants: Annelien Meerts, Ben Haagsma, Inge Baaijens

Biodigester Market Systems Development in Africa – DGIS (2019) and SNV (2020)

Mid-Term Review of the federal and EU-co-funded Ethiopian Biogas Dissemination Scale-Up Programme (NBPE+) for biodigester market development.

Consultant: Peter Ton

Final Evaluation of the DGIS-funded African Biogas Partnership Program – Phase 2 (ABPP-2)

Consultants: Peter Ton & Els Rijke (associate)

External evaluation of the Greater Virunga Landscape Project – Netherlands Embassy Rwanda, 2019

Evaluation of the GVL Project and the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration in Uganda, and DRC.

Consultant: Paul Sijssens

Greening Agricultural Transformation in Ethiopia (GATE) – ATA, 2019

Lesson Learning with the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and Danida on greening of the agricultural transformation agenda.

Consultants: Mona Dhamankar (KIT) and Peter Ton.

Projet d’Appui à la Productivité Agricole au Burundi (PAPAB-C2) – IFDC, 2018

Mid-Term Review of the Dutch-funded Agricultural Productivity Support Project in Burundi on the integrated household approach (Plan Intégré Paysan – PIP).

Consultant: Peter Ton

Projects related to this service

External evaluation of the Greater Virunga Landscape Project

The external evaluation of the Conserving Greater Virunga (CGV) project involved data collection in three countries. Recommendations were included based on the evaluation, as well as for the future programme.

‘Building Bridges for Women’s Economic Empowerment’ Mid-Term Evaluation

Through evaluating Most Significant Change stories, and conducting focus group discussions and key informant interviews, a mid-term evaluation of the ‘Building Bridges for Women’s Economic Empowerment (BBWEE)’ programme was performed.