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.

F&S 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.

Examples

African Biogas Partnership Programme – Phase 2 (ABPP-2) – DGIS, 2019

Final Evaluation of the second phase of the Dutch-funded Pan-African programme on biogas and biodigester market development in Africa. Interviews and in-country visits in Burkina Faso, Uganda and Kenya. Feed-back and Validation workshops in Uganda and Burkina Faso. Presentation of Final report at DGIS.

Consultants: Peter Ton and Els Rijke

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, DRC and Uganda. 

Consultant: Paul Sijssens

Horn of Africa – Climate Change Programme (HoA-CCP) – DGIS 2017

Mid-Term Review of the Dutch-funded regional programme on climate change adaptation and mitigation, landscapes, water, land and value chains. The programme was coordinated by the Horn of Africa – Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) in six countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan). Interviews and in-country visits in Ethiopia (Gambella), Kenya (South Rift), Djibouti (Assamo), Somalia/Somaliland (Maroodi Jeex). Presentation of first results and outcomes at HoA-REC&N in Addis Ababa. Presentation of Draft report at DGIS.

Consultant:  Peter Ton.