Projects & Expertise
We believe that the best way to understand Itad is to see what we do. Our track record gives a rich picture of our skills and expertise, and the countries and sectors in which we work. Use the navigation table below to select skills or sectors of interest and then run a search to get a listing of our projects in those areas. You can run a targeted search – one skill or one sector, or one of each – or select as many boxes as you wish. The search presents longer ‘case study’ descriptions first.
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Evaluation of The Market Systems Development Approach: Lessons for Expanded Use and Adaptive Management at Sida
2018; Sida, Global
The evaluation focuses on Sida’s management of Market System Development (MSD) projects (or organisational capacity). It is intended to be formative and participatory, with a strong emphasis on learning from the evaluation process itself – particularly by Sida staff.
It has a dual purpose:
To contribute to improved MSD programming by Sida through better management practices across the project cycle.
To generate recommendations on how Sida can create conducive conditions for systems approaches and adaptive programming more generally.
Our overarching evaluation design consists of three …
2017-2018; The ELMA Foundation; South Africa, Uganda
In 2016, there were approximately 1.8 million children under the age of 15 and 1.8 million adolescents aged 10-19 living with HIV/AIDS. For both age groups, the majority of these cases can be found in sub-Saharan Africa. At the onset of The ELMA Foundation’s investments in the “unfinished business” (UB) of accelerating HIV testing, treatment, and retention in care for infants, children, and adolescents, three out of four children with HIV were not receiving treatment.
After a multi-year, multi-country series of investments, ELMA has commissioned Itad to …
Evaluation of an Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation Programme to Accelerate POC/PITC Testing
2017-2018; The ELMA Foundation; Kenya, Swaziland, Zambia
HIV testing and counselling (HTC) is the foundation and gateway for HIV treatment and care. Enormous progress has been made over the past decade in encouraging adults to know their HIV status, however, the coverage of paediatric HIV treatment has lagged behind. The epidemic among children stems primarily from mother-to-child transmission and evidence shows that early infant diagnosis (EID) and early initiation of antiretroviral treatment (ART) in infants with HIV can save lives. While EID and prompt treatment of HIV+ infants are critical components of prevention of …
2017-2018; GCERF; Switzerland
The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) is a multi-stakeholder global fund that works with local partners to strengthen community resilience to violent extremism.
GCERF’s Strategy to Engage Communities and Address the Drivers of Violent Extremism for 2017-2020 articulates its priorities and sets out its vision for peaceful and inclusive communities that are resilient to violent extremism and achieve sustainable development. In order to execute the overarching vision of the Strategy, GCERF now requires an implementation plan and a set of performance indicators. Itad …
2017-2027; DFID; Multi-country
The CDC Group plc is a Development Finance Institution (DFI) wholly owned by the UK government. Its mission is to support the growth of businesses and infrastructure development throughout Africa and South Asia in order to create jobs and make a difference to people’s lives in some of the poorest areas of the world.
CDC invests its own capital through funds, private equity and debt instruments, as well as providing technical support. The purpose is to achieve development impacts, mobilise other sources of investment, and demonstrate to broader capital markets the importance of …
2017-2018; Good Energies Foundation; Argentia, Brazil
Itad has been commissioned by the Good Energies Foundation to evaluate a multi-year programme focused on incubating climate-smart business to overcome poverty-driven deforestation.
The programme is working primarily with smallholder farmers using climate-smart agriculture approaches across four countries – Argentina, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia. This four-year programme (2017 – 2021) is funded by the Good Energies Foundation, as well as receiving match funding from the Dutch and Norwegian governments.
We are utilising a theory-based …
Evaluation and Costing of the Pilot Project on Prevention of Adolescent Suicide in Kyzylorda Oblast, Kazakhstan
2017-2018; UNICEF; Kazakhstan
The WHO defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’; nevertheless, mental health is too often neglected. Comprehensive prevention of mental health disorders focus on a three-pronged strategy: promoting a healthy sense of well-being and protective factors against mental ill-health, identification and detection of those at risk of mental ill health and referral, and lastly treatment for those who need it.
As one of the countries with the highest suicide rates in CEE/CIS region, UNICEF and the Ministry of …
2017-18; UNICEF; Multi-country
Itad is conducting the first-ever evaluation of UNICEF humanitarian action in complex humanitarian situations.
Itad has been commissioned by UNICEF to conduct an evaluation of the coverage and quality of UNICEF response in complex humanitarian situations.
Complex humanitarian situations refer to contexts that are multidimensional in nature – where multiple complexity factors converge that are political and politicised. Often in these environments, the most vulnerable people are located in hard-to-reach or the most insecure locations. As a result, the coverage and quality of …
2017-2018; Danida; Myanmar
Since 2011, Denmark has steadily expanded its diplomatic, political, commercial and development cooperation with Myanmar, leading to Myanmar becoming a priority country for Danish development cooperation and the opening of an embassy in Yangon in 2014. The Myanmar Country Programme (2016 – 2020) was established to support the transition process, aiming to contribute to a peaceful and more democratic Myanmar with equitable, sustainable and inclusive growth that promotes human rights for all people.
Itad has been contracted by Danida to establish a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the …
2017-2022; DFID; Nigeria
DFID is supporting Nigeria’s anti-corruption effort by ensuring stronger incentives not to loot government resources and changing public attitudes that will increasingly disapprove of corrupt activities. A sustainable anti-corruption strategy that delivers effective poverty reduction requires a significant societal shift in social norms and behaviour to support anti-corruption.
Strengthening Citizens Resistance against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) is the pillar 2 of DFID Nigeria’s new multi-year Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACORN) programme. The aim of the of SCRAP-C is to influence …
2017-2018; World Food Programme; Multi-country
Resilience is of growing importance globally (as highlighted in the June 2017 Report of the UN Secretary-General) and is seen as a key concept in the UN’s shift from ‘meeting needs’ to ‘ending needs’.
The concept is often considered as a unifying lens that can inform more effective interventions in the humanitarian-development nexus, which has relevance for many of the contexts the World Food Programme (WFP) works in, where protracted or repeat crises and ongoing fragility undermine efforts towards reaching zero hunger and food security. A resilience lens forces …
2017-2018; DFID; Jamaica
DFID has been supporting anti-corruption programming in the Caribbean since 2009. The current programme, the Caribbean Anti-Corruption Programme (CACP), started in 2015 and builds on the results and learning of three previous programmes.
Recognising that corruption is an interrelated, multi-faceted issue, the CACP takes a multi-pronged approach; supporting three Jamaican anti-corruption agencies and one regional agency. DFID commissioned Itad to undertake a theory-based evaluation to test this approach.
The evaluation carried out by Itad will include refining and testing the programme’s …
2017-2018; Windward Fund; Multi-country
The Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Community of Practice (CoP) aims to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and evidence that can, in turn, guide effective design, implementation, and scaling of resilience investments, in order to close the gap between resilience measurement in theory and in practice.
Itad is working to bridge theory and practice in resilience measurement, working in partnerships to advance knowledge on two priority topics: bridging gaps in urban resilience by fostering connections between slum dwellers and city level planning; and, to investigate …
2017-2018; World Bank; Multi-country
The Forest Investment Program (FIP), a program under the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), provides indispensable investments to benefit forests, development and the climate.
The funds are managed by a number of multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, and house the Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) – a unique window for funding stakeholders in selected FIP countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The DGM supports Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) to take action to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. The mechanism is intended to ensure …
2017; DFID, FCO; Libya, Tunisia and Algeria
Itad has been contracted by the FCO-DFID North Africa Joint Unit to conduct a review of BBC Media Action in Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.
The UK Government has been funding projects with BBC Media Action in Libya, Tunisia and Algeria since 2012. Although project activities and planned outcomes differ they share a focus on developing media quality with engaging youth. This independent review has been commissioned with the purpose of assessing what has been achieved to date and how that compares across countries, and identifying key lessons and recommendations for future …
2015 – 2018; DFID; Zambia
From 2013 to 2016, the UK will support the improvement of education quality and participation of girls in the education system in Zambia through effective implementation of the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s (GRZ) Education National Implementation Framework (NIF) Phase III.
DFID is investing £37.5m of UK aid, combined with £21.7 million funding from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), to leverage step changes in the effectiveness of the GRZ’s £3.2 billion investment in education during the period. Although support to the education sector has been on-going through …
2016-2017; Multi-country; the Global Fund
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) was created in 2002 to raise, manage and invest the world’s money in responding to three of the deadliest infectious diseases the world has ever known. The mission of the Global Fund is to invest the world’s money in defeating these three diseases.
In 2015, the Global Fund’s Technical Evaluation Reference Group (TERG) brought together two distinct strategy review components to independently assess the Global Fund’s work – a ten-year evaluation, including impact against the three diseases, and …
2017-18; DFID; Multi-Country
The Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) programme, is a five-year, £10.2m programme jointly funded by DFID and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by INASP between 2013 and 2018. The programme aims to increase sustainable (a) access to and (b) production of research literature in particular low income countries. The expected impact is that research knowledge contributes to economic and social development.
The SRKS programme supports individual, institutional, inter-personal and environmental capacity strengthening for a wide …
2017-18; Norad; Norway
There is a clear political commitment to measuring and managing for results in the Norwegian aid administration. Despite this commitment however a number of recent evaluations of the aid administration over the last four years have indicated that results are not being measured as consistently or effectively as they should be
Building on these studies, the purpose of this evaluation is to deepen Norad’s understanding of how a focus on results manifests itself in the day-to-day management, implementation and reporting of grants. It will look at the effect of current results specifications on …
2017-18; UNICEF; Multi-Country
There is currently widespread recognition that the goal of improved health for all people cannot be achieved without stronger health systems. UNICEF believes that stronger health systems are necessary to reach the most marginalized children and women, to sustain the progress achieved and to increase the resilience of both delivery systems and communities to absorb and recover from external shocks, including public health emergencies and outbreaks. Health systems strengthening (HSS) is one of three overarching approaches of UNICEF’s Strategy for Health 2016-30.
Given the strategic …
2016-2017; Danida; Uganda
Itad’s Richard Burge led an eight-person team to design a five-year multi-donor governance programme in Uganda.
Working closely with eight European donors the programme design was informed by a political economy analysis of key areas of governance in Uganda. These areas covered three interconnected domains of governance:
democratic processes that build citizen-state relationships
citizen empowerment, engagement and accountability and
protection of human rights, access to justice and gender equality.
Approved by the donors, the design is seen as innovative with an adaptive …
2016-2020; Multi-country; World Food Programme
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, providing food assistance to around 80 million people per year. In 2015, WFP’s Executive Board approved a new Evaluation Policy which brought both centralised and decentralised evaluations under the responsibility of WFP’s Independent Office of Evaluation (OEV).
The new Evaluation Policy represents a shift from evaluation being primarily the responsibility of the OEV, to being integrated across the organisation. OEV has developed centralised and decentralised quality assurance …
2017-2019; Nepal; DFID
DFID is supporting the implementation the Samarth-Nepal Market Development Programme (NMDP), an agriculture and tourism-based market development programme which intends to increase the incomes of small holder farmers through development of local market systems through a ‘making markets work for the poor’ (M4P) approach.
The programme focuses on a range of agricultural and livestock (e.g. ginger, dairy, fish, vegetables, and pigs) and tourism (which has a significant impact on rural livelihoods) and intervenes on cross-sectoral issues such as mechanisation, input markets, value chain …
External assessment of value for money, sustainability and coordination of DFID’s funding to the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to end FGM
2016-2017; Multi-country; DFID
The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme (UNJP) to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) seeks to promote the abandonment of FGM/C in 17 African and Middle Eastern countries. The programme combines work with legislators, policy makers, law enforcers and the judiciary to pass and implement legislation prohibiting FGM/C, and communities to change public attitudes to the practice.
DFID, a contributor to the UNJP, has commissioned Itad to assist the two UN agencies in strengthening their results and value for money (VfM) measurement on the programme. The objectives of this assignment are …
2016-2018; Multi-country; UNFPA
Itad is currently conducting the Evaluation of UNFPA support to the prevention, response to and elimination of gender-based violence, including harmful practices (2012-2017).
The evaluation provides an opportunity to ensure accountability to partner countries, donors and other key stakeholders as well as to the UNFPA Executive Board on performance against the current and past strategic plans. This is a particularly important evaluation as it is the first time UNFPA is assessing a broad thematic area within the organisation’s central focus. The evaluation will inform the strategic …
2016-2022; Multi-country; The Mastercard Foundation
Hundreds of millions of people in Africa, many of them living in poverty, lack access to basic financial products, including savings services. Savings groups and other innovative savings products have the potential to mobilise community resources, empower participants, and enable low-income people to better plan and manage their financial lives. Although it is growing, the evidence base in this area remains patchy. There is a need for more work to gather and disseminate best practices and explore future possibilities in this field.
A variety of models are being …
2016 – 2021; Global; Department of Health
The Department of Health has launched the Fleming Fund, a £265 million one health programme, to support low and middle income countries (LMICs) in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Drug-resistant infections could kill 10 million people across the world every year by 2050 if they are not tackled. By this date, they could also cost the world around $100 trillion in lost output: more than the size of the current world economy.
The aim of the Fleming Fund is to improve laboratory capacity and diagnosis as well as data and surveillance of AMR in LMICs through a one health …
2016-2017; Multi-country; UNHCR
Itad has been contracted to conduct an evaluation of UNHCR’s role in leading the Global Protection Cluster (GPC), focussing on UNHCR’s performance as Cluster Lead Agency (CLA), at both global and country levels.
The evaluation has the dual objectives of learning and accountability. The focus will be on learning how the protection clusters at country level are supported by the GPC, and what lessons have been learned by UNHCR in field CLA situations. The evaluation will examine the achievements and challenges of the cluster at global and field level with regard to coordination, …
2016-2017; Multi-country; Cardno Emerging Markets & DFAT
Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) is an AUD $320 million, 10-year programme (2012–2022) focused on enabling women and men across the 14 Pacific Island Forum countries to improve the political, social and economic opportunities for women.
Pacific Women supports Pacific countries to meet the commitments made in the 2012 Pacific Leaders’ Gender Equality Declaration, which commits countries to progress gender equality, with particular attention to areas of gender-responsive government programmes and policies, decision-making, …
2016 – 2017; Multi-country; Global Resilience Partnership
The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) aims to help millions of vulnerable people in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia better adapt to shocks and chronic stresses and invest in a more resilient future.
Set up in 2014 by three founding organisations, which are now its executive sponsors (The Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), GRP combines the critical know-how, tools, and processes required to improve, build and scale up climate resilience thinking …
Independent Evaluation of the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Kenya
2016 – 2018; Kenya; Unicef & DFID
Kenya has one of the highest rates of maternal deaths in the world, at 488 per 100,000 live births, and progress has been slow in the last decade. Although deaths in young children have declined, newborn deaths have not. High death rates are due to poor access to quality delivery and emergency obstetric and neonatal care and low use of available services.
The Programme to Reduce Maternal and Neonatal Deaths in Kenya (MNH Programme) is financed by DFID with a budget of £75.3 million over five years (2013-2018). It supports a range of interventions to improve maternal and neonatal …
2016 – 2021; Nigeria; Palladium
Itad, as part of a consortium led by Palladium, has been awarded the contract for the second pillar of the Public Sector Accountability and Governance Programme (PSAGP) in Nigeria, the Engaged Citizens Pillar.
The aim of PSAGP is to contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in Nigeria by supporting more effective governance which is accountable and responsive to citizens’ needs. As part of this, Engaged Citizens Pillar aims to enable constituencies to become increasingly effective at influencing governments on selected service delivery and policy issues for the …
2016-2017; China; Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Itad has started work on an evaluation of two CIFF-funded programmes in the People’s Republic of China which aim to accelerate the adoption of new climate-smart norms in China’s cities and energy systems.
To achieve this, CIFF works with two China-based implementing partners – the World Resources Institute and Energy Foundation China – who are providing technical assistance for Chinese cities to:
Develop robust air quality action plans, including key co-control measures to reduce both air pollution and Greenhouse Gas emissions
Public Sector Accountability and Governance Programme – Pillar One, Accountable, Responsible and Capable Government
2016; Nigeria; DFID
Of Nigeria’s 180 million people, 60 million people live below the national poverty line while another 60 million are just over the line.
To achieve effective and inclusive poverty reduction and better public services, Nigerian governments need to become demonstrably better at prioritizing, planning, resourcing, delivering, tracking and accounting for the delivery of public goods and services that respond to the needs of citizens, who are themselves actively engaged in ensuring these. In this context DFID has designed the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) which is being delivered …
2016; Norway; Norad
With growing demand for evidence on the effectiveness of Norwegian aid, reviews and decentralised evaluations play an important role in telling the story of what Norwegian development aid is achieving.
Building on work undertaken for Global Affairs Canada and Australia’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Itad, in association with CMI, has been contracted by Norad to investigate the current quality of decentralised reviews, the extent to which they provide credible evidence of results and to understand how and in what ways the reviews are used and what factors influence quality and …
2016-2021; Multi-country; DFID
DFID is committed to enabling citizens to have greater ‘voice, choice, and control’. Evidence of what works for the empowerment of citizens is patchy – DFID has commissioned a research programme to address some of the evidence gaps.
This research programme will produce operationally relevant and robust research to understand the effectiveness of social and political action for the empowerment of men and women and improved accountability of governments in different contexts. It will compare and contrast the effectiveness of social and political action supported by external actors …
2016; Multi-country; UNICEF
Eliminating HIV transmission from mother to child, and providing care and treatment to those already infected remain global priorities in the post-2015 agenda, and are central to the commitment to end AIDS by 2030.
Since 2005, UNICEF has been working to support low- and middle-income countries in the scale up of programmes to prevent new HIV infections among children, provide HIV care and treatment to children and their families living with HIV, prevent and treat new infections among adolescents, provide protection, care, and support to families affected by HIV, and extend HIV services to …
2016; Multi-country; World Health Organisation, World Bank
IHP+ is a group of 65 partners committed to improving the health of citizens in developing countries by putting the principles of Effective Development Cooperation (EDC) into practice in the health sector, and is jointly managed by WHO and the World Bank.
Partners include international organizations, bilateral agencies and country governments, and they all sign the IHP+ Global Compact where they agree to be held to account on implementing principles of EDC, through an independent assessment of performance, individually as well as collectively.
Four rounds …
2016-2020; Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania; BMGF, CIFF
In sub-Saharan Africa each year, adolescent girls account for 16% of all births, an estimated 2,200,000 unintended pregnancies, and 25% of all unsafe abortions.
Repositioning access to high quality contraceptive services to reach adolescent girls is potentially one of the most effective ways for countries to achieve their health and development goals, with current public-sector family planning programmes often not being well designed to address the complex barriers that adolescent girls face.
Adolescents 360 (A360) is a $30 million programme jointly funded by the …
2015-2018; Global; EC
The semi-autonomous Government of Zanzibar approved the Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty II 2010-2015 (MKUZA II), which recognises and prioritises support to engagement of Non-state Actors (NSAs) in all aspects of development.
NSA involvement is specifically required in the various MKUZA II Working Groups, in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system & in raising public awareness. MKUZA II also contains targets for reducing gender inequalities. However, compared to the Tanzanian mainland, Zanzibar NSAs are less able to identify, obtain and successfully utilise donor …
2015-2024; Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Rwanda; DFID
Adolescent girls are a vulnerable group across the world that is often affected by harmful and discriminatory social practices. Yet they have the potential to change their communities and their countries – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders.
Adolescent girls can be affected by issues such as high out-of-school rates, poor access to formal employment and discriminatory gender norms. This can lead to problems such as early marriage and the knock-on effect on …
Meta-Evaluation of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s Decentralized Evaluations
2015 – 2016; Canada, UK; DFATD
Itad has been commissioned to deliver a meta-evaluation of decentralized evaluations undertaken by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s (DFATD) between April 2009 and March 2014.
The scope of this assignment presents an excellent opportunity to conduct a comprehensive study of evaluation quality. The literature in this field recognises that there is gap in past meta-evaluations that have concentrated on only selected aspects of determinants of quality. Many concentrate on reviewing the quality of evaluation products only, with limited attention on the …
2015-2016; Tanzania; Financial Services Deepening Trust
The Financial Services Deepening Trust (FSDT) has been working since 2005 to stimulate the development of Tanzania’s financial services sector so that it better meets the needs of poor Tanzanians and of micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs, contributes to economic growth, and helps to reduce poverty).
Although reviews have been carried out at project and programme level, a formal impact evaluation has not been carried out. While it is likely that FSDT will have had significant impact in some areas, this needs to be reviewed independently, using a …
2015-2019; Multi County; DFID
Whilst significant progress been achieved recently in improving business regulations in developing countries, empirical evidence on what works in business environment (BE) reform programmes is limited, and what information is available is often scattered or hard to obtain.
Lessons learned from past reforms show that reform mechanisms are complex, difficult to get right, and highly country specific. Many reforms happen on paper, but don’t get implemented on the ground. The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is therefore looking for better evidence and guidance to …
Provision of Monitoring & Evaluation Services for the Conflict, Stability & Security Fund in East Africa
2015-2018; Multi-Country; Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Itad has been contracted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to deliver monitoring and evaluation (M&E) services across UK Conflict, Stability & Security Fund (CSSF) programmes in East Africa. The CSSF is a funding mechanism which supports the UK Government’s work in addressing conflict and fragility globally, under the direction of the National Security Council (NSC).
Itad is working in partnership with Altai Consulting to establish an M&E unit that will support the development of a set of mixed methodologies in order to appropriately …
2015-2021; Multi Country; Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), a revolving fund designed to help small medium enterprises (SMEs) that wish to invest in developing countries and emerging markets.
DGGF is specifically designed for SMEs in low- and middle-income countries and in the Netherlands, which generally experience a lack of appropriate finance for development-related investments and trade. It will ultimately fund SMEs located within the total of 68 developing countries, giving special attention to female entrepreneurs, young …
2015; Multi Country; UNICEF
Communication for development (C4D) is the application of the principles of effective communication to further development objectives. In UNICEF, C4D is a cross-cutting programme implementation strategy firmly grounded within the human-rights based approach to programming (HRBAP).
The 2014-2017 Strategic Plan positions C4D as inherent to the implementation strategy of capacity development. C4D is used widely in emergency response and the on-going response to the Ebola epidemic has made C4D / social mobilization a key responsibility for UNICEF.
In response to a corporate decision in 2013, …
2015-2019; Multi-Country; DFID
The International Climate Fund (ICF) is the primary channel of UK climate change finance. It currently funds over 230 programmes focussed on adaptation, mitigation and forestry in low- and middle-income countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
This funding represents a contribution towards developed countries’ agreement to mobilise $100 billion per annum of public and private finance by 2020 as part of the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Three government departments contribute to the ICF: The Department …
2015-2019; South Sudan; DFID and British Council
Itad is part of a British Council-led consortium contracted by DFID to manage the inception and implementation phases of its new Access to Justice Programme (ATJP) in South Sudan, which will be implemented over five years.
Following the outbreak of conflict in December 2013, DFID South Sudan initiated a reassessment of its strategic objectives and a review of the practical ability of existing programmes to deliver in the new environment. This process informed DFID South Sudan’s Interim Strategy to March 2015 which aims to respond to the human impact of the crisis and …
2015; Multi-Country; Asian Development Bank
The Urban Climate Change Resilience Partnership (UCCRP) and Trust Fund (UCCRTF) were launched in December 2013 with the support of DFID, the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID.
This US$150 million initiative was been established as a multi-donor trust fund administered by Asian Development Bank (ADB) under its Urban Financing Partnership Facility. The UCCRTF aimed to scale up urban climate change resilience across 25 medium-sized cities in Asia, prioritising six of ADB’s developing member countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Viet Nam. The …
2015-2018; Nigeria; GRM, DFID
Itad has been contracted by GRM on behalf of DFID to manage the impact evaluation of the Mobilising for Development Programme (M4D). The overarching objective of M4D is to help increase progress towards the MDGs in Nigeria. In order to achieve this, M4D aims to make policy-makers and service providers more accountable and responsive to citizens. The programme is to run for six years from mid-2012. M4D is targeting approximately 650,000 beneficiaries in three Northern Nigerian states, among them at least 30,000 adolescent girls.
We have been working to deliver a technically robust …
2015; Bangladesh; DFID, The Law and Development Partnership
The Legal Assistance for Economic Reform (LASER) programme aims to improve investment climates in developing countries (DC) by identifying and helping to solve problems in commercial justice systems, while documenting shared lessons learnt.
LASER is planning to undertake an impact evaluation of voluntary taxation Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms that have recently been introduced in Bangladesh. This is a response to the current very limited robust evidence that commercial justice reforms bring about improved business and economic …
2015-2020; Kenya; Danida
Danida’s Kenya country programme is designed to support the implementation of the Constitution towards a prosperous and equitable Kenya, inclusive green growth and employment, and regional co-operation and stability.
Itad is leading the Real Time Evaluation (RTE) of the country programme. The objectives of the RTE are:
to assess progress and identify immediate and intermediate-level results to be able to provide evidence-based feedback during the lifespan of the country programme.
To identify, document and asses results at outcome and, as far as possible, impact level.
To provide …
2015; France; World Bank
CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is developing practical principles and guidelines for measuring systemic market development interventions in the financial sector for both program implementers and funders.
In order to continuously strengthen the guidelines and further improve the development community’s capacity to measure market development, CGAP has established a platform for funders, industry experts and market measurement experts to share practices, ideas and openly discuss their measurement challenges.
Itad is engaged in supporting CGAP’s work on developing technical …
2015; USA; World Bank
The World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Trade and Development (MDTF-TD2) supports the implementation of the World Bank Trade Strategy (WBTS). The MDTF-TD2 supports analytical trade work by responding to client demand for assistance as well as pro-active analysis of issues anticipating future demand and the provision of public goods (global analysis and advocacy).
The WBTS is articulated around four pillars: i) trade competitiveness and diversification; ii) trade facilitation, transport logistics and trade finance; iii) support for market access and international trade cooperation; and, iv) …
2014-2015; UK; IDS
The use of mobile phone technology may offer innovative opportunities to tackle persistently high levels of child nutrition. However, despite the enthusiasm for using mobile phones for nutrition service delivery, a recent review found very few studies that critically assessed their application.
Researchers at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) are evaluating the impact of mobile phone technology on growth monitoring and the quality of nutrition counselling in Indonesia. Itad have provided support and expertise to develop the framework for the realist evaluation and process tracing aspects …
2014-2016; USA; Rockefeller
Underpinning the Mission of the Rockefeller Foundation – to improve the well-being of human kind – are the two goals of advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses.
The Evaluation Office of the Rockefeller Foundation are charged with designing and managing M&E assignments to oversee the work of the Foundation in achieving these goals, as well as thinking ahead to be prepared to support …
2015-2017; Kenya; DFID
Violence against women and girls is a global phenomenon, widely recognised as one of the most enduring abuses of human rights worldwide, affecting an estimated one third of women during their lifetime and throughout their life cycle.
The Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls Through Sport programme is being implemented by the British Council in association with the Premier League and Itad. The programme works with young people aged 10-20 and their wider communities in two regions of Kenya. It uses inclusive community football coaching with young people as a means to address negative …
2015; DRC, Ethiopia, Thailand, Ukraine; Global Fund
Since its formation the Global Fund has helped to fund a rapid scale-up in the prevention, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria across more than 150 countries.
The Global Fund strategy for 2012-2016 sets ambitious goals: to save 10 million lives and prevent 140-180 million new infections over the period 2012-2016, with accompanying disease-specific targets. Itad, in consortium with Euro Health Group and collaborating with the University of California, San Francisco, has been contracted to conduct the mid-term review of the Implementation of the …
Evaluation of DFID-CHAI Market-Shaping for Access to Safe, Effective and Affordable Health Commodities
2014-2015; Multi-Country; DFID
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) was launched by President Clinton in 2002 with the aim of increasing access to treatment for those living with HIV/AIDS and strengthening health systems. It has now expanded its work to include the provision of treatment and diagnostic tests for a range of other diseases, by reducing the cost of healthcare commodities and delivery.
DFID is supporting CHAI in the implementation of a £35m programme entitled ‘Market-Shaping for Access to Safe, Effective and Affordable Health Commodities’. The programme, which began in July 2012, aims to make …
Evaluation of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation’s (CIFF) Contribution to the 2015 International Climate Negotiations
2014-2016; Multi-country; CIFF
Itad has been commissioned by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) to lead the Evaluation of CIFF’s Contribution to the 2015 International Climate Negotiations.
CIFF is an independent, philanthropic organization aimed to demonstrably improve the lives of children in developing countries by achieving large-scale, sustainable impact. Prior to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, which is taking place in December 2015, CIFF’s grantees aimed at using political momentum around 2015 to drive existing programme objectives through: (i) …
2014-2016; Malawi; National AIDS Commission
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) of Malawi was established as a public trust to lead and coordinate the National Response to HIV and AIDS. Since 2001, NAC has put in place management, financial, and monitoring systems for effective coordination and has mobilized funding from a number of bilateral and multi-lateral sources to scale up responses to HIV and AIDS.
Effective coordination of the National Response depends to a large extent on NAC’s ability to monitor what is happening on the ground, analyse it for strategic implications and feed it back into outreach and …
Tostan’s mission is to “empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights”. Tostan works in eight African countries, primarily in West Africa implementing and refining its Community Empowerment Program (CEP), the goal of which is to provide holistic, participatory, non-formal education to adults and adolescents who live in rural African areas and have not had access to formal schooling.
Itad’s role is to work with Tostan’s core team to strengthen and refine the monitoring, evaluation, research and …
2014-2015; Norway; NORAD
Development assistance has always had the ambition of delivering sustainable results, and, by implication, foster endogenous capacities that eventually would make aid redundant. Despite the focus on results over the last decades (particularly on results-based approaches), it has been difficult to provide hard evidence as to whether capacity development support actually contributes to strengthened endogenous capacities and performance.
Denmark, Norway and Sweden commissioned separate but closely coordinated evaluations to cast light on the issues above. The purpose of this evaluation was to …
2014-2018; Multi-Country; DFID, ODI
Itad has been contracted by DFID to work with a consortium of partners as the Knowledge Manager (KM) for DFID’s Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) Programme. Responsible for monitoring, evaluation and learning, as the Knowledge Manager Itad will help BRACED deliver a sustained and transformational impact on people’s resilience beyond the communities directly supported by funded projects.
The BRACED Programme, launched in 2014, responds to the most immediate impacts of climate change – extreme climate events such as droughts, floods and …
2014-2019; Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria; DFID
The West Africa Food Markets (WAFM) Programme aims to take a key role in tackling the causes of the multiple market failures that exist in staple food markets in West Africa and thereby increase income and food security for producers and consumers, both women and men.
WAFM will do this by identifying opportunities to invest in private sector-led market development initiatives across the region, provide support to facilitate the success of these initiatives and leverage successful innovations to reform policy and encourage further development though …
2014-2015; Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, UK; Girl Hub
Girl Hub is a strategic collaboration between the Department for International Development and the Nike Foundation, designed to bring together the expertise of both organisations to transform the lives of adolescent girls.
Currently operating in Rwanda, Ethiopia and Nigeria, their work aims to shift the social norms that hold girls back, and drive better investments that directly benefit girls. Girl Hub’s work is concentrated in four areas:
– Advocacy – bringing girls’ voices to the forefront
– Brand and Communication – developing social communications to …
2014-2015; Israel, Palestine; NORAD
Itad has been contracted by Norad to conduct the first ever evaluation of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH).
In March 1994, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Israel signed an agreement on establishing the TIPH. After several interim missions the TIPH in its current form was established in January 1997 after the conclusion of a bilateral agreement known as The Hebron Protocol, and the two parties requested Denmark, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey to provide unarmed observers, with Norway acting as the coordinator. According to the …
2014-2015; Philippines; DFID
Itad has been contracted by DFID CHASE to evaluate the UK humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) made landfall in Central Philippines on 8th November 2013. With sustained wind speeds of 250 km/hour and gusts of up to 315 km/hour, Haiyan was one of the strongest typhoons on record and left massive devastation in its wake, resulting in loss of life, destruction to physical infrastructure and housing, and disruption of communications, electricity, water systems and transportation.
The UK provided £62m in funding in November …
2014-2015; Colombia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda; CDKN, DFID
Itad was commissioned by DFID and the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) to lead the End of Year 5 Evaluation.
CDKN’s mission is to support decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development by combining research, advisory services and knowledge management in support of locally owned and managed policy processes. Within the broad scope of climate compatible development, the programme works across four strategic themes: Climate compatible development strategies and plans; Improving developing countries’ access to …
2014; Nigeria; World Bank
In 2011, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) allocated funds to the World Bank for the establishment of a Trust Fund to support Improved Economic Governance in Nigeria. This became the Governance Partnership Facility (GPF).
The Trust Fund for Nigeria has six components, each led by senior staff of the Bank. These components are: accountability and transparency in the oil and gas sectors, governance of public service delivery, transparency and accountability of public financial management, citizen engagement in core Niger Delta states, citizen voice and engagement in reform …
2014-2017; Cambodia; Sida
Itad has been contracted by Sida to monitor education sector performance in Cambodia and to provide technical advice which facilitates strengthened and sustained dialogue between the Embassy of Sweden, the European Union (EU) Delegation, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGoC) and other development partners in the education sector.
The purpose of the assignment is to regularly monitor education sector performance, particularly in the areas which are prioritised by the EU and Sweden through their respective financing of the School Improvement Grants (SIG) programme and the sector budget …
2014 – 2015; Ghana, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Philippines, Uganda, Zambia; DFID
Itad recently completed an evaluation of the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA). MeTA was a DFID-funded initiative, coordinated by Health Action International (HAI) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), and implemented in seven pilot countries (Ghana, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, the Philippines, Uganda and Zambia) from 2008.
The aim of the initiative was to improve access to essential medicines. MeTA focussed on promoting evidence-based policymaking in the medicines sector through two key strategies: 1) Transparency, by supporting …
2014; Multi country; OECD
Over the past decade there has been a considerable amount of experimentation on-going to test out results-based finance mechanisms, particularly in service delivery sectors. However, the benefits of results-based payment approaches in the governance and institutional reform domains are comparatively underexplored.
The objective of the assignment is to provide better knowledge on the use of RBP in the governance sector, with special emphasis on public sector reform programmes; to identify different and innovative modalities and approaches, and to make recommendations for OECD, and its …
2014; Multi Country; World Health Organisation, HERA
IHP+ is a group of 62 partners committed to improving the health of citizens in developing countries by putting international principles for effective aid and development co-operation into practice in the health sector.
‘Better health results’ is the ultimate goal of IHP+. The main strategy to reach this goal was aligning support to good quality country health strategies, and strengthening and aligning with country systems. This overall vision, built on the agreements of Paris, Accra and Busan, is currently shared by most countries and development partners. …
2014; United Kingdom; Girl Hub
Girl Hub is a strategic collaboration between the Department for International Development and the Nike Foundation, designed to bring together the expertise of both organisations to transform the lives of adolescent girls.
Currently operating in Rwanda, Ethiopia and Nigeria, their work aims to shift the social norms that hold girls back, and drive better investments that directly benefit girls. Girl Hub’s work is concentrated in four areas: Advocacy, bringing girls’ voices to the forefront; Brand and Communication, developing social communications to inspire and engage girls and …
2014; Tanzania; DFID, KPMG East Africa
Itad has been awarded the contract to conduct the final evaluation of the high profile Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) programme, funded by DFID and managed by KPMG.
The evaluation, which will run from June to December 2014, will be looking in detail at the impact that the programme has had, particularly the effect of the innovative approaches that have been piloted in the programme, such as Outcome Mapping (OM). AcT has garnered a very strong reputation as a programme which has been innovative and creative in how it has managed its funds and worked with its grantee partners, …
2013 – 2014; Nigeria; DFID
DFID Nigeria has one of DFID’s largest governance portfolios. It plays a critical role in delivering DFID Nigeria’s objective to support the government of Nigeria to use their own resources more effectively and does this mostly through technical assistance.
Itad provided a team of 4 consultants to undertake a study which aimed to develop and test a set of public sector governance indicators for DFID’s public sector management portfolio. The key question the indicator set aimed to answer was whether the programming, and the portfolio as a whole, was focused on the right things to lead to …
2013 – 2018; Kenya; DFID, Population Council New York
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has committed £13.62 million over 6 years for the Adolescent Girls Initiative Action Research Programme, Kenya (AGIARP).
The project seeks to improve the lives of at least 10,000 adolescent girls in Kenya between the age of 10-14 years, by improving their access to health, education, economic assets and protection from violence. Adolescent girls in Kenya face considerable risks and vulnerabilities that affect their education status, health and general wellbeing. The AGIARP programme is implementing a range of …
2014; Kenya; DFID
Itad is undertook a study for DFID Kenya to assess the existing evidence base, and plans for evidence gathering, on their private sector and enabling environment programs’ reach and contribution towards poverty reduction goals.
The study also highlighted evidence gaps and scope for a more in-depth programme of work looking at the reach and final impact these types of programmes can have on poverty reduction in Kenya, and scoped out a methodology for further research and evaluation on programme impact that seeks to provide clear evidence on distributional reach to the poorest, final impact and …
2013-Ongoing; Germany; Transparency International
Established in 2011, Transparency International’s (TI) MEL unit is tasked with conceptualising, implementing and maintaining the organisation’s overall monitoring, evaluation and learning system.
Broadly, the system focuses on three pillars; results, through monitoring the outcomes and results achieved through the organisation’s programmatic work; performance, through monitoring standard organisational performance areas at the TI-Secretariat and Network levels; and impact, through monitoring the impact of the overall TI network.
The main objective of Itad’s …
2013-2014; Egypt, UK; GDNet
GDNet is a knowledge network organisation who support researchers from the global South. As such they work at the nexus between research and policy. Itad was originally approached by GDNet to help clearly map out and strengthen GDNet’s strategic direction and objectives between 2009-2014. Within this remit, Itad’s core function was to support and facilitate GDNet’s monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.
Itad helped GDNet to more rigorously monitor and evaluate their policy influence, to measure results, and better understand their contribution to change. Between 2009 …
2013-ongoing; Switzerland, USA; World Bank
Itad has been commissioned by the World Bank to lead the Independent Evaluation of the Development Grants Facility (DGF) Financed Track 1 of the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). Established in 2006, the GFDRR is a partnership of 41 countries and 8 international organisations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change.
DGF-financed Track 1 responds to disaster risk reduction (DRR) needs at the global and regional levels in accordance with the Hyogo Framework Agreement …
2013; UK; Global Environment Facility, World Bank
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides support to address global environmental concerns and since its inception in 1991 has provided $11billion in grants to projects in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The GEF Evaluation Office (GEF EO) is independent of GEF management and is administered by the World Bank. Capacity development on environmental issues is a key aspect of GEF work. The GEF EO undertook a meta-evaluation of Enabling Activities, one of four modalities through which GEF activities are financed.
Itad reviewed the …
2013-ongoing; UK, USA; Rockefeller Foundation
Itad and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) have launched a joint initiative with The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) to contribute to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation, through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs, and through innovation in new technology.
Itad and IDS believe that CDI will enable donors to look beyond conventional evaluation approaches and assess the real impact of their programs. This grant supports the ongoing work of the Centre for Development Impact and to extend the reach and …
2013- Ongoing; Global; Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation has translated its original mission of promoting the well-being of humanity into two overarching goals: expanding opportunity through equitable growth, and strengthening resilience to acute crises and chronic stresses.
At the heart of this lies an emphasis on fostering innovation and shifting paradigms in order to expand opportunity and strengthen resilience for poor and vulnerable people. The Foundation seeks to do this across four systems: natural ecosystems, health and nutrition systems, economic systems and secure livelihoods, and urban …
2013-2014; Australia, UK; DFAT
The Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) commissioned Itad to undertake a review of 2012 operational evaluations to address a need to improve the quality of its evidence in measuring the effectiveness of its aid.
The Review has two objectives: to promote good quality independent evaluations; and to inform the Minister, public, partners and aid program staff of overarching lessons emerging from the findings of independent evaluations.
Itad assembled a small team of 3 consultants with skills in synthesis evaluations, performance assessment and quality assurance. The …
Evaluation of the Norwegian Aid Administration's systems and practices to ensure Evaluability of Norwegian Grants
2013-2014; Norway; NORAD
Norad’s Evaluation Department (EVAL) commissioned an evaluation to assess the Norwegian aid administration’s (i.e. the MFA, Norad and the embassies) internal processes and systems for measuring and demonstrating results of Norwegian funded interventions.
The evaluation focused on how and to what degree the current regulations and practices ensure evaluability of the interventions. The purpose of the evaluation was to contribute to further learning and progress in the aid administration’s follow-up of the government’s demand for a strengthened focus on results by identifying reasons for the …
2013-Ongoing, Multi-Country; DFID
The recent Humanitarian Emergency Response Review (HERR) emphasised the need to improve the evidence base underpinning humanitarian action as well as the use of innovative technologies in humanitarian response.
Itad is leading an evaluation of DFID’s new Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP), which will assess the delivery of the strategy and ascertain to what extent DFID has fulfilled the Government’s commitment in the HERR Response.
The HIEP is a joint initiative between DFID’s policy, operations and research departments that aims to improve humanitarian outcomes …
2013-Ongoing, Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa: DFID
The effective use of research by those who make policy in the Global South can have a real impact on decision-making. DFID launched their ‘Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence’ Programme (BCURE) with the aim of increasing the capacity of policy makers, practitioners and research intermediaries to use research effectively.
BCURE consisted of six separate projects, implemented by six different partners, across 12 countries in Africa and Asia. Each project worked with government stakeholders through a range of …
2014-Ongoing; Ethiopia; Irish Aid, British Council Ethiopia
The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) is a capacity development programme designed to support Ethiopia’s civil society and its contribution to the country’s national development, poverty reduction and advancement of good governance in line with the government’s policies and strategies.The programme has a strong emphasis on hard-to-reach civil society and citizens and uses a regionally-led programming approach.
Through grant mechanisms and facilitation of learning spaces, the programme aims to support and demonstrate the effectiveness, legitimacy …
2013- 2015; Ethiopia; Care USA, World Bank
The Climate Smart Initiative (CSI) is an initiative to strengthen two important Government of Ethiopia food security programmes in Ethiopia – the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) and the Household Asset Building Programme (HABP). The CSI is piloting approaches to mainstreaming climate change within significant ongoing implementation.
The PSNP is one pillar of the Government’s Food Security Programme (FSP), which aims to move roughly 15 million people out of food insecurity. The PSNP provides transfers to chronically food insecure households in chronically food insecure …
Impact Evaluation of a Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh
2013-2016; Bangladesh; DFID
Itad is working with a consortium co-ordinated by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) to conduct an Impact Evaluation of the DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh.
The evaluation covers areas and households targeted by DFID’s ongoing programmes on the Economic Empowerment of the Poorest programme (EEP); the Chars Livelihood Programme (CLP), and the Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction (UPPR). These programmes currently provide indirect nutrition (livelihoods) interventions. A direct nutrition intervention is being integrated into …
2013-2015; Multi-Country; European Commission
Itad led an evaluation of EU support to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Women and girls make up the majority of the worlds poorest. They are under-represented in governments and decision-making bodies, have fewer opportunities within labour and financial markets and can be exposed to gender-based violence.
The EU recognised that gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for sustainable development and made numerous high-level commitments to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. These translated these into the Gender Equality Action Plan …
2013 – 2014; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania; MacArthur Foundation
Itad developed a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for the MacArthur Foundation’s grant making in oil governance in the Great Lakes region.
The past two decades has seen increasing attention into how corrupt exploitation of natural resources is linked to environmental and human rights abuses. In the Great Lakes region, natural resources have often benefitted only select political and business elites and fuelled abuses and conflict. Therefore, the MacArthur Foundation made a strategic decision to narrow its focus in on oil governance and related …
2013 –2014; Nigeria; MacArthur Foundation
Itad planned, co-ordinated and facilitated of a series of grantee meetings related to the MacArthur Foundation’s human rights and international justice (HRIJ) grant making programme in Nigeria.
Itad undertook the meetings as a follow on to its work on the retrospective evaluation of the MacArthur Foundation’s past 10 years of grant making in HRIJ in Nigeria (2000 – 2012). The aim of this evaluation was to determine what worked and what could work better, coupled with an examination of the pre and post landscape in Nigeria including the identification of opportunities …
WaterAid, Testing the Waters: how can ICTs for monitoring be strengthened and made more inclusive to achieve greater sustainability of rural water services?
2014; United Kingdom; Hivos, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
There is currently much excitement about the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to address the low sustainability of rural water services in sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
This notwithstanding, there is not yet a proof of concept that such innovations are successful (i.e. demonstrating sustained use at scale that helps address scheme sustainability). The objective of this research project is to go beyond the current emphasis on finding technical solutions: to better understand and address political, economic and …
2010-2016 (ongoing); UK, University of York
Itad Principal Consultant, David Fleming, teaches an annual seminar series on conducting Monitoring & Evaluation in Fragile States to MA students at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York.
The seminar series builds on Itad’s strong track record of monitoring and evaluating in Fragile and Conflict-affected States (FCAS), and focuses on the key measurement and logistical challenges of operating in these environments.
For two days each year, David teaches a series of seminars that introduces the challenges of measurement in …
2013 – 2014; Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Norway, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, USA, Zimbabwe; NORAD
Itad, in partnership with Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), conducted an evaluation of the Norwegian Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme. The main focus was an impact assessment of the programme’s training component, with a focus on the training of police.
The Training for Peace (TfP) programme was initiated in 1995 by the Norwegian government, with the overall goal of supporting sustainable African capacity for peace operations. With its focus on training, rosters, policy development and applied …
2013-2017; United Kingdom; DFID, SDC
The BEAM Exchange is a new forum for knowledge exchange and learning about the role of market systems approaches in reducing poverty.
With support from DFID and SDC, it will work to strengthen and extend the application of these approaches in diverse development programmes– including sectors (such as health, education, sanitation and energy services, and women’s economic empowerment) where market-orientated strategies are still innovative and emerging.
BEAM aims to build a vibrant community among policy policy-advisors, consultants, practitioners and businesses, supporting …
2013-2018; Tanzania; DFID
Itad is the evaluation manager for two DFID programmes:
Improving Rural Access Programme (IRAT), which aims to improve rural roads in Tanzania in order to benefit agricultural development and to improve access to markets and basic services; and
Livelihood Enhancement through Agricultural Development (LEAD) programme, which aims to raise the incomes of smallholder maize and poultry farmers, particularly women, by improving farmer skills, and improving access to inputs and end markets. This programme has now finished implementation.
The purpose of the evaluations is to provide an …
2013-2017; Malawi, Myanmar, Nigeria; DFID, PwC
Itad is providing strategic Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) services to the second phase of DFID’s Business Innovation Facility (BIF2) programme.
BIF2 will provide advice to companies with innovative business models that have the potential to create more jobs, income opportunities, products and services for poor people. BIF 1 has been in operation since 2010 and has already reached around 2 million people. BIF2 aims to multiply this reach, by developing existing programmes and expanding into new countries including Myanmar, Malawi and Nigeria. Itad is developing and …
Support to Musika's Monitoring and Results Measurement Strategy Development and 'Mock' DCED Standard Audit
2013; Zambia; Musika, Swedish Development Co-operation
Musika is an independent Zambian non-profit company owned by key Zambian agricultural institutions that provides business development services to Zambia’s agricultural markets to deepen and broaden the impact of economic growth. Through technical support and a range of catalytic investments, Musika aims to stimulate and deepen commercial market engagement with the rural poor and seeks to fundamentally change the way agricultural markets engage and benefit the smallholder sector.
The objective of this assignment was to help Musika refine its existing systems, …
2013-2017; United Kingdom; DFID
Itad is undertaking a series of impact assessments under DFID’s Legal Assistance for Economic Reform (LASER) Programme. LASER aims to will improve investment climates in developing countries by helping to identify and solve commercial law and justice problems, and by documenting and sharing lessons learnt about how to do this
Itad is undertaking rigorous impact assessments of several commercial law and justice reform programmes. Whilst there are many different initiatives to reform the business enabling environment in developing countries, remarkably little is known about which reforms …
2014; Ethiopia; British Council Ethiopia, Irish Aid
Itad is carrying out the mid-term review of the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) in Ethiopia. The programme is national in coverage, implemented by the British Council in partnership with Intrac and theIDLgroup.
The programme is funded by a set of development partners led by Irish Aid, and including DFID, DANIDA, Canada, NORAD, SIDA and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CSSP is a capacity development programme designed to support Ethiopia’s civil society and its contribution to the country’s national development, poverty reduction and advancement of …
2014; Mozambique; PSI
Population Services International (PSI) is a US-based global health organisation working with governments and local organisations to improve the health of those in the developing world. Itad was contracted by PSI to evaluate the value of providing core funding vis-à-vis tied project funding.
Taking a theory based approach Itad worked with PSI and its core funding the Dutch Ministry of foreign Affairs to develop a set of hypothesis around how and why strategic funding is important (e.g. strategic funding provides flexibility, strategic funding facilitates investment in organisational systems). …
2014-2015; Multi-country; Rockefeller Foundation
In Sub-Saharan Africa, young people under 25 make up 62 percent of those unemployed, the youth population as a whole is expected to reach 400 million by 2045, and job creation is not keeping up.
Against this background and with the ICT sector in Africa expected to reach $150 billion by 2016, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa (DJA) Initiative is working across six countries to catalyse sustainable ICT jobs for African youth within the newly developing Impact Sourcing global market ecosystem. The Initiative aims to have an impact both on improving wellbeing …
2014-2016; Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan; Danida
Itad evaluated the Danish Strategy for Humanitarian Action, which was launched in 2009 and focuses on six overall strategic directions, including vulnerability, climate change and natural hazards, and protecting conflict-affected populations. The purpose of the evaluation was to document results achieved during the current strategy period, as well as to learn lessons of what works and why with respect to implementation modalities, programme design and delivery, and linking relief and development in order to inform future strategy development.
2013 – 2018; Multi-Country; DFID
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is working to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with progress on MDG7c, sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, being critical to the achievement of these targets.
DFID has commissioned a portfolio of programmes, including a WASH Results Programme, which provides funding to deliver water, sanitation and hygiene services across 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The WASH Results programme employs an innovative finance mechanism following principles of ‘Payment by …
2013; India; DFID
DFID is supporting health sector budget programmes in three focus states in India (Bihar, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh) with the aim of improving access to essential health services, particularly for maternal and child health, nutrition, and vector borne disease control, with a focus on poor and excluded groups.
Responding to recent recommendations from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact on the need to further improve the value for money (VFM) of UK involvement in India in the health and education sectors, DFID has commissioned Itad to conduct an independent evaluation to assess the overall …
2013; China; DFID
In 2011, the Government of China and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) started a new global development partnership aimed at enabling China and the UK to work together to reduce poverty and promote the generation of common interest global public goods.
The China-UK Global Health Support Programme (GHSP) was designed under this partnership to contribute to improved global health policy and outcomes, as well as to help China improve its contribution to global health and achieve the potential of its health cooperation. Officially launched in January 2013, GHSP is a five year …
2014; United Kingdom; British Council
The British Council believes that culture contributes to the building of peaceful, stable, sustainable and equitable societies and communities.
The Arts and Education and Society Strategic Business Units are currently working together to develop a Culture & Development Strategy, which will bring together British Council work around the world that uses creative and cultural means to achieve development goals. Itad is developing a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Framework to begin measuring the Strategy – looking at how and in what ways culture can contribute to …
2014-2019; Multi-country; Rockefeller Foundation
In Sub-Saharan Africa, young people under 25 make up 62 percent of those unemployed, the youth population as a whole is expected to reach 400 million by 2045, and job creation is not keeping up. Against this background and with the ICT sector in Africa expected to reach $150 billion by 2016, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa (DJA) Initiative is working across six countries to catalyse sustainable ICT jobs for African youth.
The Initiative aims to have an impact both on improving wellbeing of those employed, their families and communities, and also to …
2014-2017; Multi-Country; DFID
In 2011, DFID placed empowerment, especially the empowerment of girls and women, at the centre of its development agenda. This was done through the launch of DFID’s Strategic Vision for Girls and Women (SV) and a revised policy framework for work on Empowerment and Accountability (E&A). At the same time, DFID committed to evaluate the effects of its planned investments in these two areas. Since then, DFID has invested significant resources to deliver on its commitments through its own programmes and by influencing those of partner organisations.
DFID has now commissioned macro …
2015-2017; Multi-Country; DFID
Itad has been contracted by DFID to provide Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) services to the Global Mine Action Programme (GMAP).
The purpose of GMAP is to reduce the humanitarian and development impact of landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). It aims to achieve this through i) clearance and direct release of contaminated or suspected contaminated land (demining); ii) Mine Risk Education (MRE); and iii) building the capacity of partner countries to manage their national Mine Action programmes. Operations in five countries (Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) …
2013-2017; Nigeria; DFID
Malnutrition is endemic in Northern Nigeria and has complex inter-related causes associated to food security, caring practices, and health services and health environment.
In recognition of the need to address this problem, the UK Department for International Development is supporting the State Governments of Jigawa and Zamfara to pilot a cash transfer programme. By providing knowledge on nutrition and health, as well as a regular payment of £14 per month to pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of 2, the programme focuses on removing the financial and knowledge barriers to …
2013-2014; Multi-country; Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Itad is leading this first large, thematic evaluation of Finnish Development Cooperation focusing on the peace, security and development nexus.
The peace, security and development nexus has been one of the key elements of Finnish development policy over the last two decades. In particular, the concept of comprehensive security has been central to this and has been supported through development cooperation, humanitarian assistance, diplomacy and crisis management. This evaluation explores how Finnish development cooperation in fragile states combines …
2013; Nigeria; World Bank
In 2011 the UK Department for International Development (DIFD) allocated funds to the World Bank for the establishment of a Trust Fund to support Improved Economic Governance in Nigeria.
This became the Governance Partnership Facility (GPF) and is made up of the following components: accountability and transparency in the oil and gas sectors, governance of public service delivery, transparency and accountability of public financial management, citizen engagement in core Niger Delta states, citizen voice and engagement in reform processes and world Bank capacity to provide advice and support …
2013 – 2014; Nigeria; DFID
In 2011, the UK Department for International Development allocated funds to the World Bank for the establishment of a trust fund to support improved economic governance in Nigeria.
This became the Governance Partnership Facility (GPF) and is made up of the following components:
Accountability and transparency in the oil and gas sectors
Governance of public service delivery
Transparency and accountability of public financial management
Citizen engagement in core Niger Delta states
Citizen voice and engagement in reform processes
World Bank capacity to provide advice and …
2014-2016; Yemen; British Council, DFID
Itad is working with British Council and Interaction Yemen to undertake independent monitoring and verification of DFID’s programmes in Yemen (Ta’zeez programme).
The purpose of our work is to independently verify the implementation and outputs of DFID funded projects across the four pillars of humanitarian, governance, wealth creation and PHV (poverty, hunger and vulnerability). We are doing this through observation, interviews with programme staff and focus group discussions with beneficiary communities. We are also undertaking a number of in-depth research studies on areas …
2013-2018; UK; DFID
Accelerating innovation in technologies and business models is essential to help reduce the current and long-term impacts of climate change and support green growth in developing countries.
Compared to most industrialised countries, developing countries have relatively weak innovation systems and institutional capabilities to facilitate and promote innovation. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has contracted a Service Provider to design, establish and manage a new “Innovation Prizes for Environment and Development” programme. The programme, known as “Ideas to Impact”, is …
2013; United States; Rockefeller Foundation
As part of its new model of operation The Rockefeller Foundation is undertaking synthesis reviews to strengthen the Foundation’s knowledge and evidence base of what works and what does not work in key areas of interest to the Foundation.
The primary purpose of synthesis reviews is to enable Foundation Initiative teams and their grantees to build on what is known, avoid the pitfalls of others, and add value to the area of endeavour by not duplicating efforts. The Foundation’s Oceans and Fisheries initiative aims to determine effective ways to integrate natural ecosystems into …
2013-Ongoing; Nepal; DAI, DFID
Poverty in Nepal is closely correlated with poor physical access and the country has very low road densities for a landlocked country.
DFID has been supporting the Nepal Rural Access Programme (RAP) for the last 10 years. RAP aims to address lack of access and social exclusion through the development of an approach to rural road construction and maintenance that targets the poorest and most disadvantaged groups, including women. Itad is managing the independent Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Unit (MEL Unit) of the third phase of RAP.
The MEL Unit is supporting the RAP team by …
2012-2014; Multi-country; UNICEF
While great efforts are made to improve the lives of children around the world, disadvantaged children continue to lack access to basic services due to geographic, social, economic and political constraints.
Following a recent study which found that an equity-focused approach to child development is the most practical and cost-effective way to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for children, UNICEF has launched a refocus on equity and developed the Monitoring Results for Equity System (MoRES) to accelerate progress in reaching the most deprived children. MoRES is a conceptual …
2013; Mozambique; European Commission
During the past decade, donors and recipient countries have shifted increasingly from a project approach to development aid, to general and sector budget support. This is because, by contributing to the overall national development, it was felt that budget support would enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of development cooperation. Proponents and opponents hold strong views about the effectiveness of budget support, but these views are not necessarily supported by rigorous evidence.
Mozambique is one of the most aid dependent countries, with between 40 and 55% of the …
2012; Multi-country; DFID
FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (ESA) is a five year trade enhancement and promotion programme, with a focus on staple food crops. Itad is undertaking a longitudinal evaluation of the programme through the course of its implementation.
The programme aims to take a leading role in tackling the causes of the multiple market failures that exist in staple food markets in the region and thereby increase income levels and food security for producers and consumers, both women and men. FoodTrade will deploy targeted interventions in the areas of storage, inputs and service markets, information, …
2012; Yemen; European Commission, ADE
The European Union (EU) co-operation with Yemen started in 1978 and still today the EU is among the main Western donors in the country. The EU Delegation in Yemen was developing its long term programming strategy in 2015 and commissioned a country programme evaluation to contribute to that process.
The evaluation had two objectives; to provide an overall independent assessment of the EU’s past and current co-operation and partnership relations with Yemen and to identify key lessons and to provide recommendations in order to improve the current and future strategies, programmes …
2012; Uganda; GIZ
Itad are providing training of trainers (ToT) modules to GIZ as part of the Supporting Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) project in Government and Civil Society in Uganda.
The ECD project is a three year Government of Uganda project financed from the Supra-regional Fund Programme Strengthening Evaluation Capacities in partner countries and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ).
Itad is responsible for the training courses through a series of Training of Trainers (ToT) modules in Uganda. The aim of the ToT is to build a critical mass of …
Evaluation of the MacArthur Foundation's Past 10 Years of Grantmaking in Human Rights and International Justice (HRIJ) in Nigeria
2012; Nigeria; MacArthur Foundation
In recent years, the The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation undertook a comprehensive review and redefinition of its overarching HRIJ strategy.
The aim of this assignment is two-fold – to determine what investments have worked well and what could work better, and to better understand the context for support, so the Foundation can make informed choices about programme design in HRIJ in Nigeria going forwards. Itad is conducting this theory-based evaluation and mapping study. The team comprises experts in evaluation, research and human rights, combined with an in-depth …
2012; United Kingdom; CAFOD
Core funding is in high demand among civil society. Core funding is long term support, untied to any specific project or programmes. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) argue that it provides them with the space to invest in strengthening organisational systems, to respond flexibly to emerging needs and to invest in difficult to fund regions and issues.
In an environment of increasing budget constraints however, donors are asking questions about its added value and want evidence for why it is so important. To help to build this evidence base Itad was commissioned by a consortium of UK …
2012 – Ongoing; Ethiopia; DAI, DFID
Itad is providing strategic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and results management services to the UK Department for International Development’s Private Enterprise Programme, Ethiopia (PEPE).
PEPE is a seven year programme which aims to support private sector development by improving firms’ access to finance and addressing market and government failures in identified priority sectors. It is applying a market development (M4P) approach.
The access to finance pillar is expected to increase investment levels in the Ethiopian economy, particularly for growth-oriented small …
Training on the Evaluation of Conflict Prevention and Peace-building (CPPB) interventions in fragile and conflict-affected states
2012; Belgium; Channel Research
The training is an advanced course for professionals who commission or carry out evaluations in the field of conflict prevention and peace-building (CPPB).
The course sets out the fundamental concepts of evaluation (including the latest OECD guidance on CPPB evaluations) and then problematises many of the concepts and methodologies applied to fragile and conflict-affected settings.
The course then goes on to offer alternatives around conflict and stakeholder mapping, and the assessment of impact. The training is run by Channel Research (Belgium) as a one-week residential course. We …
2008-2013; Egypt, United Kingdom; Economic Research Forum, Global Development Network
Researchers in developing countries need to be better networked, they need better access to research and funding, and there needs to be better linkage between researchers and policy makers.
GDNet therefore supports researchers in developing countries to contribute and debate ideas in development thinking, policy and practice. It is the knowledge services programme of the Global Development Network. GDNet includes a comprehensive internet knowledge base of development research produced in developing countries. It also provides …
2012-2013; Thailand, India, The Philippines, China, United States
The Rockefeller Foundation’s International Program on Rice Biotechnology (IPRB) was a 17-year long program which made strategic investments in the development and dissemination of new tools to improve rice production.
The purpose of the retrospective review was to assess the achievements and lessons learned from the Rockefeller Foundation’s 17-year IPRB investments in order to inform the donors seeking to make strategic investments to advance agricultural research and strengthen the capacity of international and national research institutions today. …
2012-2013; Colombia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Qatar, Bangladesh; CDKN, DFID
The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) (www.cdkn.org) is a large and complex programme whose main purpose is to help decision-makers in developing countries design and deliver climate compatible development.
CDKN do this by providing demand-led research and technical assistance, and channelling the best available knowledge on climate change and development to support policy processes at the country level. We were contracted by DFID to provide both mid-term and final independent external evaluations of CDKN.
2012; Mozambique; Swedish Development Co-operation, SIPU International
The Malonda Foundation (MF) was set up by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in 2006. It aims to facilitate business development and support improvements to the private sector environment in the Niassa province of Mozambique.
Itad was commissioned by Sida to undertake a mid-term review of the MF to examine its progress in executing its 2010-2013 strategic plan. The purpose of the review was assess the results that have been achieved by MF and to provide Sida with the analysis required to decide on whether to continue to …
The Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme is working with mobile phone operators and the financial services industry to accelerate the availability of affordable financial services that provide safety, security and convenience to the unbanked.
Itad has been contracted to measure the results of the programme through an annual survey of MMU beneficiaries and a more detailed evaluation of a selection of MMU initiatives. The main aim of the work is to contribute to improvements MMU’s engagement model over time.
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2012-2013; Nigeria; National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Nigeria is currently implementing a Single Stream Funding Grant of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, for which the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is a Principal Recipient, along with four other organisations.
NACA, in collaboration with the four other Principal Recipients, requires an evaluation which reviews the existing performance and outcome and impact indicators of Global Fund HIV programmes in Nigeria. Itad is undertaking this evaluation which aims to assess …
2012-2013; Ghana; DFID, Nathan Associates
Itad is providing strategic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and results management support to the UK Department for International Development’s market development programme in Northern Ghana (MADE).
The 5 year programme is expected to improve the incomes and resilience of poor farmers and small-scale, rural entrepreneurs in the North. It will do this by improving the way that markets work, with a particular focus on agricultural value chains (the full range of activities that bring a crop to the consumer). The programme will be implemented using the Making Markets Work for …
2012-2014; China, India; NICE International
NICE International (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) works to support and encourage evidence-informed policy making in health care globally.
Itad in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is working with NICE in India and China to evaluate the piloting, scale up and replication of evidence-based health care reforms. These reforms include clinical guidelines and quality standards in local hospitals, the effects of UK-China-India health diplomacy in promoting the use of evidence in national health policy, and South-South capacity support in …
2012-2013; Tanzania, Kenya, Finland, United States
InfoDev is a global partnership program (GPP) within the World Bank Group that aims to create opportunities for inclusive growth, job creation and poverty reduction through innovation.
This evaluation assessed the performance of the infoDev programme over the last four years, and provided recommendations to the Secretariat, the World Bank and infoDev’s donors and partners on infoDev’s future strategic direction. We partnered with Universalia to provide the necessary combination of expertise in managing independent external evaluations of World Bank trust funds and …
2012; Tanzania; DFID
The Department for International Development’s (DFID) country office in Tanzania aspired to enhance its approach to climate change, both in terms of mainstreaming the issue in ongoing and future programmes, and in terms of measurement of climate change related results.
This needed to be done in line with emerging thinking regarding measurement of results for the International Climate Fund (ICF). The ICF is a cross-departmental funding mechanism of the British Government, which is the source of the vast majority of UK funded climate change work. In mid-2012 we won a competitive bid to assist DFID …
Itad have been selected as a nominated supplier of monitoring and evaluation services to AusAID under the new Aid Advisory Services Standing Offer.
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) manages Australia’s overseas aid program and assists developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia’s national interest. Itad may be called upon for our skills and experience in monitoring and evaluation.
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2011-2016; Ghana; DFID
The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) was designed to demonstrate how an integrated approach to community-led development can translate the international Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into results.
The MVP approach was piloted in Kenya and Ethiopia and in 2006, reached nearly half a million people across 10 countries in sub-Sahara Africa. In 2011 the UK Department for International Development (DFID) agreed to provide a grant of £11.5 million to implement a new Millennium Village in Northern Ghana. The new MVP will run for five years from 2012 to 2016 with interventions targeting a total …
2012; Zambia; Musika, Swedish Development Co-operation
Musika is an independent Zambian non-profit company that works to deepen and broaden the impact of economic growth by strengthening the functioning of agricultural markets in the country. It provides technical support and a number of investments to stimulate and deepen commercial market links with the rural poor.
Itad was commissioned by Musika to help refine its monitoring systems to enable it to better measure its results, manage its internal information and tell the story of Musika’s impact. Itad worked with Musika staff to prepare a monitoring and evaluation …
2012; Nigeria; Adam Smith International
The Growth & Employment in States (GEMS) project is a Nigerian employment initiative supported by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment (FMTI) and funded by the World Bank and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The project is aimed at job creation and increased non-oil growth. DFID is providing a grant of £90 million and the World Bank a concessionary loan of US$160 million. A key target of the project is the creation of at least 100,000 jobs.
The project faces a number of challenges in measuring its results. First and foremost, it …
Plan UK, Independent Progress Review of DFID PPA Funding - Building Skills for Life 'Empowering Adolescent Girls through Education'
2012; United Kingdom; Ipsos MORI, Plan International
Programme Partnership Agreements (PPAs) are one of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) main support mechanisms to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The PPAs are strategic level agreements based around mutually agreed outcomes and individual performance frameworks against which the organisations report on an annual basis.
In 2012 all NGOs receiving support from DFID under the current PPA scheme (2011-2014) were required to conduct an independent mid-term evaluation of their grant’s performance. Itad, in collaboration with Ipsos MORI, were …
2012; Kenya, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe; Oxfam GB
Programme Partnership Agreements (PPAs) are one of DFID’s main support mechanisms to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The PPAs are strategic level agreements based around mutually agreed outcomes and individual performance frameworks against which the organisations report on an annual basis.
In 2012 all NGOs receiving support from DFID under the current PPA scheme (2011-2014) were required to conduct an independent mid-term evaluation of their grant’s performance. Itad, in collaboration with Ipsos MORI, were commissioned by Oxfam to carry out their …
2012; Multi-country; DFID
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) required support to help develop a business case for a new regional HIV prevention programme in Southern Africa.
The programme intended to build regional consensus around methods of HIV prevention that have proven effectiveness. The intended outcome of the programme is the reduction of HIV incidence in a region which holds the epicentre of the HIV epidemic, and has the highest HIV burden worldwide.
Itad led a team to carry out this work with the objective of: (a) providing data and information for DFID and partners on noteworthy HIV …
2012; Nigeria; DFID Nigeria
Achieving Value for Money (VFM) is key issue for DFID. DFID Nigeria wanted advice on how VFM can best be monitored and measured in its governance and conflict programmes.
This work drew on our earlier work for DFID headquarters on VFM in governance and conflict programmes. Our advice had two main outputs: 1) a diagnostic framework for structuring programmes’ indicators of VFM – this helps DFID assess how well programmes are measuring their VFM, and helps programmes make better VFM cases to DFID; and 2) a series of diagnostics of the VFM offers made by nine DFID governance …
2012-2014; United Kingdom; Nathan Associates London Ltd
The Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund (FRICH) aims to improve the lives of poor Africans by connecting them to UK and other European markets in an equitable and sustainable way, increasing European imports of food from Africa.
The competitive fund supports new ideas that connect African farmers with global retailers through innovative business partnerships. FRICH achieves results by removing blockages to market access and making sure that European shoppers know what differences their purchases make to poor farmers. Itad is supporting the FRICH fund …
2012; United Kingdom; Coffey International, DFID
DFID has provided support to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) since 2002. This support has been channelled to the EITI Secretariat, to the multi-donor trust fund managed by the World Bank, and through several bilateral programmes.
The EITI is a coalition of governments, companies and civil society that provides a standard for companies to publish what they pay and for governments to disclose what they receive, with the aim that natural resources benefit all. The assignment reviewed DFID support to the EITI from March 2011 to February 2012. This …
2012; United States; International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global not for profit organisation whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. Founded in 1996, IAVI works with partners in 25 countries to research, design and develop AIDS vaccine candidates. IAVI also conducts policy analysis and serves as an advocate for the AIDS vaccine field.
This assignment saw Itad supporting IAVI in developing a framework for assessing the ‘value for money’ (VFM) generated through vaccine-focused …
2012; Tunisia; African Development Bank
The African Development Bank sees itself as playing a catalytic role in promoting gender equality in the continent. In 2011, a review was conducted of the Bank’s gender strategy.
Whilst this review provided useful recommendations, it did not adequately assess the Bank’s gender equality results. Therefore, the review assessed the actual gender equality results achieved by the Bank by focusing on projects that were completed between 2009 and 2011. Various departments of the Bank were interested in the results of the review, namely the Results Department for designing a new Gender …
2012; Multi-country; Saana Consulting, World Trade Organisation
The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a World Trade Organisation (WTO) programme which supports Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade.
In this way, the programme works towards a wider goal of promoting economic growth and sustainable development and helping to lift more people out of poverty. The programme is helping 46 LDCs worldwide. The purpose of the MTR was to undertake an independent evaluation of the performance of the programme and …
2012-2013; United Kingdom; Comic Relief
Small and medium-sized INGOs have often struggled with developing and sustaining detailed monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems beyond the requirements of their donors.
This study – funded by a consortia of UK donors – attempts to gain a better understanding of the key elements of effective and appropriate MEL systems for different types and sizes of INGOs, the costs and challenges associated with developing and maintaining these systems, and the current state of play on these issues within INGOs.
Five case studies of small or medium-sized INGOs were …
Monitoring and Evaluation of the Implementation of the Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Programme
2012-Ongoing; Multi-Country; DFID
The Department for International Development’s (DFID) Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Programme (FGMC) is a 10-year, 250 million pound programme aimed at tackling forest governance failures in developing timber-producing countries, and the consequent market failures that result in illegal exploitation of forest land and resources and the associated trade in timber and other commodities.
The fund is overseen by a Steering Committee of DFID, DECC and Defra – the three UK government departments most directly concerned with forestry and climate change. The aim of this project is to …
2012; Bangladesh; Swiss Development Cooperation
Our experts, Robbie Gregorowski and Julian Barr, planned and facilitated a 4-day climate change (CC) training course in Dhaka, Bangladesh in May 2012.
The course was one of a series of training and capacity-building events under a Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) contract to help Bangladesh to develop the capacity of Local Government Institutions (LGIs). The course was designed to provide a complete introduction to CC concepts and issues (mitigation and adaptation)as well as supporting local government participants to better integrate climate change concerns into …
2012-2014; Rwanda; TradeMark East Africa
Rwanda has achieved strong economic growth in recent years and a sustained record of poverty reduction. Nevertheless, Rwanda has one of the highest trade costs in the world, which contribute to low profitability of traded activities and a strong bias against exports, which impede Rwanda’s continuing development.
Delays at the ports in neighbouring countries, inefficient border crossings and customs management procedures, lack of harmonised standards for trade and production with other countries in the region and low quality infrastructure all undermine the competitiveness of …
2012; Liberia; Coffey International Development, Swedish Development Co-operation
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) was planning to establish a programme to support to the development of agricultural markets and value chains in Liberia. The programme was designed to follow the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach, which offers a practical framework for reducing poverty by improving the functioning of markets. Itad provided technical support to the procurement of a managing agent for the programme to ensure that its design was consistent with the M4P approach.
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2012; United Kingdom; CARE International
Care International (CARE) is a leading international NGO and aid agency working in 87 countries around the world to help the world’s poorest people find routes out of poverty.
CARE commissioned us to undertake a review of their organisation-wide climate change sector strategy – the Climate Change Strategic Plan (CCSP). We were required to assess CARE’s climate change results under the strategy as well as inform the evolution and strategic direction of the CCSP in the future.
A particular focus of the review was on how best to ‘mainstream’ climate change concerns across …
2012 – 2018; Nigeria; DFID, GRM International (UK)
Northern Nigeria has some of the worst human development indicators in the world. Adolescent girls and women are disproportionately affected by under-development.
Government agencies and others are not delivering basic services, and their accountability to citizens is weak. To help address this situation, DFID is funding a six year programme – Mobilising for Development (M4D), to help Nigeria hit the Millennium Development Goals in the North. M4D, which will work mainly in sub-State Local Government Areas (LGAs), has combined detailed political economy assessments …
2012-2017; Nigeria; DFID
Voices for Change (V4C) is DFID Nigeria’s flagship gender equality programme aimed at creating a stronger enabling for the empowerment of young women by changing people’s attitudes and practices towards women standing for leadership positions, women’s role in decision-making and violence against girls and women. It was designed and implemented over five years from October 2012 to September 2017 with a budget of over £26 million.
The programme worked across four states – Enugu, Lagos, Kaduna and Kano –and specifically targeted a population of 3 million young men and women aged …
2011; Cameroon, Liberia, Peru; GIZ
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was founded in 2003 as a multi-stakeholder coalition of governments, companies and civil society organisations with the aim to set global transparency standards in the extractive sector.
Whilst the EITI has achieved significant momentum and considerable progress in implementation, recent reviews and evaluations have questioned its impact on governance, corruption, and poverty reduction. Itad was commissioned by the German Development Agency (GIZ) to develop and pilot a tool to assist EITI stakeholders in strengthening the …
2011-2012; Egypt, Kenya, Panama, Switzerland, Thailand; UNOPS
PreventionWeb (www.preventionweb.net) is the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction’s (UNISDR) knowledge portal ‘serving the information needs of the disaster reduction community’.
Our evaluation combined a technical usability assessment of the website with a broader remit to ‘position’ UNISDR’s strategy to respond to future Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) needs and target audiences. The evaluation was based around a theory of change approach whereby PreventionWeb’s objective to coordinate DRR knowledge and information was placed in …
2011; Nigeria; DFID
The Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase II (PATHS2) is a six year national programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to strengthen Nigeria’s health system. PATHS2 seeks to contribute to effective and efficient use of Nigeria’s resources to achieve the health related Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.
PATHS2 is working to improve planning, financing and delivery of sustainable and replicable pro-poor health services for common health problems in five states in Nigeria – Enugu, Jigawa, Lagos, Kaduna, and Kano. By influencing and changing …
2011; Tanzania; ADE, Danida, European Commission, Irish Aid
Between 2005/06 and 2011/12, 14 Development Partners collectively provided almost US$5 billion in budget support to Tanzania.
The overarching objective of this support was to assist the Government of Tanzania in strengthening its policies, strategies, and spending actions to achieve its objectives of economic growth and poverty reduction. The evaluation assessed in detail the extent to which this objective was successfully achieved. The evaluation forms part of a wider process of assessment of the effects of budget support at the international …
2011; Cameroon, Kenya, Switzerland; UNITAID
UNITAID is an innovative global health initiative largely financed by a levy on air tickets. Established in 2006 by the governments of Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and the United Kingdom, it provides sustainable funding to tackle inefficiencies in markets for medicines, diagnostics and prevention for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in developing countries. Since 2006 UNITAID has provided funding to partners to carry out two-dozen projects and has committed 1.5 billion USD.
In September 2011, UNITAID completed its first five years of activity. Against the background of evolving …
2011; Nigeria; DFID, DFID Nigeria
In Nigeria, DFID has grant-funded a two-year peace-building project – Peace in Jos: Arresting the Cycle of Violent Conflicts. The project is implemented by the Institute of Governance and Social Research (IGSR) in Jos.
It aims to contribute to efforts to break a recurring cycle of inter-ethnic and inter-religious violence through a range of activities. These include: peace-building and interfaith mediation conferences; capacity building workshops with security agencies; youth peace camps and using sports for peace.
Julian Barr (Itad Director) led a two-person team …
2011; United Kingdom; LTS International Ltd, DFID
The ESPA research programme aims to deliver high quality and cutting-edge research that will improve our understanding of ecosystems in terms of the services they provide for poverty reduction and inclusive growth processes.
We designed an integrated and effective reporting and monitoring system, to improve the quality of information available to the funders and the Directorate. At the same time we aimed to make reporting easier for projects and the Directorate and better for stakeholders. We helped ESPA to develop a Theory of Change and in delivering Key Performance …
2011, United Kingdom, Bond
This assignment focused on the practices of UK NGOs in engaging with value for money (VFM). Its goal was to support UK NGOs in exploring the concept of VFM in the context of their work, identify ways in which they can improve the value for money of their activities and support their efforts to make a strong and defensible case to funders for their continued support to civil society.
Itad researched and produced a briefing paper on Value for Money (VFM) for UK NGOs working in international development. Building on existing research and various recent initiatives and …
2011; Italy; IFAD
The period between 1994 and 2003 saw decreased Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the agricultural sector and IFAD’s work shifted from a focus on agriculture to a broader focus on rural development.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were introduced in this period, signalling a renewed commitment to tackling poverty, in particular, rural poverty, and other challenges already known to IFAD. Against this backdrop, in 2003, IFAD sought to determine the relevance of its mission and the impact it was having in reducing rural poverty. This impact evaluation was the first truly independent and …
2011-2015; Malawi; DFID
Tilitonse (formerly the Civil Society Governance Fund) is a £12.5 million grant-making facility that aims to enable civil society to better engage with national and local government to promote greater accountability for its citizens.
Tilitonse’s outputs are that civil society becomes better able to promote transparent and accountable governance; with citizens supported to improve social inclusion, to hold service providers responsible for performance, and with civil society organisations themselves becoming more capable and accountable. The fund was supported by DFID, the European Union, …
2009, 2011; Nigeria; Atkins Water, European Development Fund
Water supply and sanitation in Nigeria is characterised by low levels of access to an improved water source and limited access to improved sanitation.
Responsibility for water supply and sanitation is split between Federal, State and local levels of government but is not clearly defined, particularly with regard to sanitation. Water supply service quality and cost recovery are low, water tariffs are low and many water users do not pay their bills. Monitoring and evaluation in the sector is weak, available data are incomplete and unreliable and are not …
Evaluation of the African Capacity Building Foundation's (ACBF) Strategic Medium Term Plan II (SMTP II)
2011; Multi-country; African Capacity Building Foundation
This evaluation assessed the reforms undertaken by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and its capacity development achievements, indicating which areas performed best and why.
Itad led this evaluation, which was both inward-looking, assessing reforms undertaken over the period, and outward-looking, entailing a review of programmes and projects implemented under the strategy. The methodology included desk reviews, start-up meetings at ACBF headquarters in Zimbabwe, field visits to a representative sample of ACBF supported projects, interviews with …
2012; Ethiopia; DFID, KPMG East Africa
Climate change is both a significant threat to, and huge opportunity for Ethiopia’s development. The Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP) Fund is a three year initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which started in 2012.
The Fund was set up to finance short, sharp strategic interventions which build Ethiopian institutional capacity across government, civil society, academia and the development partners.
We are a partner on the KPMG-led consortium, which is managing the Fund. We provide Monitoring and Evaluation inputs, both in …
2011-2012; United Kingdom, CDKN
The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is a five-year initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which started in 2010, to help developing countries respond to the challenges posed by climate change.
It does this by providing research and technical assistance, and channelling the best available knowledge on climate change and development to support policy processes at the country level. We were contracted in 2011, and again in 2012, by the CDKN to assist them with M&E and impact assessment across a range of knowledge services, …
2012; Kenya, Uganda; DFID
The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) is an alliance of research organisations that aims to encourage debate and policy dialogue on the future of agriculture in Africa.
It was established in 2005, is funded by DFID, and managed from a secretariat at the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex. It works with partners in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa on issues such as commercialisation of agriculture, land grabs, pastoralism, climate change and agriculture, and youth and agriculture. Using a combination of field-based research and policy dialogues, the Consortium contributes to …
2012; Ghana; Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
The Regional Agricultural Information and Learning Systems initiative (RAILS) is an agricultural knowledge programme.
It aims to aid agricultural production in Africa by improving the management and adoption of knowledge on innovative agricultural technologies. The initiative is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), and managed by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).
Working with our partner Jimat Development Consultants, we evaluated this knowledge services programme. This included reviewing FARA’s overall results …
2011; Kenya, Mali, Tanzania, Zambia; IMC Worldwide, World Bank
Good governance has been a concern in the transport sector for decades. The sector has a major contribution to make to both poverty reduction and economic growth and billions of dollars have been spent on improving and rehabilitating transport infrastructure.
Performance continues to lag behind expectations, with ‘poor governance’ often being cited as an underlying cause. In the past, it has proved difficult to reach consensus on what is meant by good governance – and even less so, how best to measure it.
The Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy …
2011-2012; Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia; Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to help poor and vulnerable people benefit from fairer economic growth, and increased resilience whereby people, communities and systems survive, adapt, and grow in the face of changes, even catastrophic incidents.
This grant portfolio evaluation covered two interrelated bodies of work: the African Agriculture Resilience (AAR) component of the larger Climate Change Resilience Initiative, and the Land-based Carbon Markets for Poverty Reduction (CPR) initiative. Rockefeller’s AAR was approved in 2006 …
2011; Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines; International Planned Parenthood Federation
The Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF) is a multi-donor funding mechanism that supports in-country initiatives for increasing access to safe abortion services. It provides small flexible grants to NGOs to undertake innovative policy advocacy in service delivery and research.
The SAAF secretariat commissioned an independent impact assessment of its programme and six of its country projects for the period 2007-2010, covering Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria and the Philippines.
The evaluation was conducted by Itad and built upon, and …
2011; Tunisia; African Development Bank
In 2003 The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched the African Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI), with the aim of improving rural water supply and sanitation facilities across Africa.
In 2011 Itad led the Review of this project. The main objectives of the review were to provide evidence of how RWSSI had met its objectives, to identify any shortcoming of the project and to make recommendations on how the project could be improved. The review was an independent assessment and the Bank prepared a Management Response to it for submission to its Board of …
2011; Multi-country; OECD
The Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations – or Fragile States Principles (FSPs) – provide a set of guidelines for operating in fragile and conflict-affected states.
In 2008, partner and donor countries committed to monitoring the implementation of the Principles, alongside the already well-established monitoring of the Paris Declaration principles. Itad, engaged by the OECD, supported the implementation of the 2011 surveys in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Togo. We provided input into the …
DFID, Evidence Review: Environmental Innovation Prizes for Development (Stimulating Innovation in Low Carbon & Adaptation Technologies)
2011; UK; DFID
This research study contributed to a DFID Business Case establishing a prize to stimulate innovations in low carbon and adaptation technologies in climate change.
In the past few decades, research grants have become the primary means of governments to stimulate and invest in new technologies. Yet, the prize market is huge and widely used in the private sector in order to crowdsource ideas and innovations. Furthermore, prizes have the potential to become a form of of ‘paying for results’ with prize money only being paid out upon successful delivery. Our research consisted of a literature review, …
2010; Senegal; Y CARE INTERNATIONAL
Youth Care International (Y CARE) and YMCA work in the Casamance Region of Senegal to improve the lives of children and youth affected by war.
This project focuses, in particular, on improving community access to basic services, youth access to education and skills development, promoting the active participation of youth in health education, and improving the institutional capacity of Y CARE and YMCA. We conducted an end of project evaluation, which assessed the direct impact of the project on families and communities, and recommended how Senegal YMCA could implement future work …
2011; Multi-country; IUCN
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organisation, and is now the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation.
It is a leading authority on the environment and sustainable development with more than 1,200 member organisations (including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organisations and almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions in some 160 countries). IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, …
2011; UK; SciDev.Net
SciDev.Net – the Science and Development Network – is a news and science abstracting service committed to putting science at the heart of global development.
The SciDev.Net website www.scidev.net is the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis on information about science and technology for global development.
We provided advisory support to SciDev.Net to help them develop a logframe to submit to DFID for a grant extension.
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2011-2014; Afghanistan; Landell Mills Ltd, DFID
The biggest single obstacle to investment in Afghanistan is risk.
The Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) provides competitive grants to small and medium-sized Afghan companies to match the risks and returns of their investment projects. This unique approach is designed to strengthen the Afghanistan private sector’s ability to invest and compete while also ensuring that the public, including British taxpayers, receive the best value for money from their investment.
ABIF is expected to create up to 5000 new jobs and provide a 10% increase in monthly incomes …
2010-2014; Nigeria, DFID Nigeria
By ‘governance’ we mean the processes by which decisions are made and the ways in which what has been decided is carried out, or not carried out. Governments are the major players in governance, whether at federal or state level. But others, such as civil society organisations, tribal leaders and citizen groups, can influence governance too.
In a country that has ‘good governance’, the country puts its resources to good use. Basic public services work well. Citizens – including the poor and marginalised – have schools, health services, in fact all the essential services they need. …
Independent Multi-Disciplinary Review of the Malawi National Response to HIV/AIDS for the Financial Years 2010-2013
2010-2013; Malawi; National AIDS Commission of Malawi
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) of Malawi was established in July 2001 as a public trust to lead and coordinate the National Response to HIV and AIDS. Over the years, NAC has put in place management, financial and monitoring systems for effective coordination. These have enabled the Commission to mobilise funding from a number of bilateral and multi-lateral sources to scale up HIV and AIDS operational programmes.
Effective coordination of the national response depends to a large extent on NAC’s ability to monitor what is happening on the ground. This …
2010; United Kingdom; European Commission
Itad supported EC Climate Action (CLIMA) to provide a detailed mapping of existing European Union (EU) and member states’ public and private flows for the support of developing countries’ climate change adaptation and mitigation actions.
We were specifically asked to provide a critical overview of existing data sources and methodologies to track and monitor EU public and private climate financial flows, as well as assess their efficiency and limitations. We provided an overview of reporting practices in all 27 Member State countries, and selected three case studies of …
2010-2012; India, Uganda; Panos
Itad undertook an appreciative evaluation of the Panos Relay Programme.
Funded under the DFID Research Uptake Team portfolio of knowledge service programmes, Panos Relay aims to strengthen and promote the approaches to building the capacity of media to report on research. In addition to the evaluation, we were requested to: facilitate the development of Relay’s Theory of Change (ToC); help Panos test and refine their approach to action research; and design, build and train the team in monitoring, evaluation and learning. The assignment involved country field visits to Zambia, Malawi, …
2010; Somalia; Danida
Denmark has been pursuing a policy of increasingly active engagement in and around Somalia since 1997.
Its engagement has included support to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) through the Regions of Origin (ROI) programme, humanitarian support, support to recovery and development, and political engagement through donor coordination and support for regional organisations involved in the region. The overall aim of this engagement has been to support the development of a peaceful and democratic state, and thereby foster sustainable and poverty-oriented growth. Danida’s Evaluation …
Evaluation of the Results-Based Approach and M&E of the Finnish Development Cooperation Interventions
2010; Finland; Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
In 2010 Itad was commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to evaluate the extent in which results based management (RBM) had been integrated into the Finnish Development Cooperation’s project planning and design systems.
The evaluation included a review of new aid modalities such as budget support and support to international NGOs.
Itad conducted desk reviews of project and programme documentation, combining this with interviews with key individuals from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The evaluation gave guidance on how to ensure …
Joint Country Evaluation of the Strategy for Swedish Development Cooperation with Tanzania 2006-2011
2010; Tanzania; Swedish Development Co-operation
In 2010 Itad carried out an evaluation to provide an independent view of the results of the Swedish-Tanzanian development co-operation.
Itad reviewed the results from 2006-2010 to inform the new country strategy which was finalised in 2011. The evaluation was part of a joint review process with the Swedish Embassy and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in Tanzania. The evaluation focused on aid effectiveness and covered the areas of Local Government Reform and Public Financial Management, Civil Society and Governance, Education, Private Sector Growth, and …
2010; Bangladesh, Mozambique, Uganda; Danida
The increased focus on aid effectiveness has led to a growing interest in how to make the work of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) more effective. With this, there is a growing demand for more knowledge on the results of CSO work beyond the achievement of individual organisations, towards the collective contribution of civil society to development.
This evaluation was commissioned jointly by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Danida), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Austrian Development Agency (ADA), on behalf of a larger group …
2010: Tanzania, Sweden; Sida
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world.
The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is one of the world’s leading international environmental research organizations. As well as headquarters in Stockholm, it has offices in the UK, USA, Tanzania, Thailand, and Estonia. SEI is largely funded by Sida with whom it works to address key international priorities such as: mitigating and adapting to climate change; managing consumption of resources …
2010; Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi; African Development Bank
In 2005 the African Development Bank, other aid donors and partner governments signed up to the Paris Declaration, which described a set of principles for how they would do business together based on the principle of partnership.
As part of wider global evaluation of the Paris Declaration, Itad were commissioned to assess AfDB’s performance in fulfilling its commitments to the Paris Declaration as an institution. This evaluation focused on the context, institutional aspects and outcomes of PD implementation. The institutional aspects were reviewed …
2010; Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania; World Bank
The Impact Evaluation of the African Regional Capacity Building Network for HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care Project (ARCAN) was a multi-country study covering Tanzania/Zanzibar, Kenya and Ethiopia.
The aim of the assignment was to assess the impact of ARCAN training courses in increasing capacity among healthcare practitioners in the delivery of HIV/AIDS related services in prevention, care and treatment interventions in order to improve the quality of general healthcare in the participating countries.
Itad provided the Team Leader / Project Manager as well as a …
2011-2016; Ghana; Coffey International Development, DFID
Transparency, accountability and responsiveness are key aspects of good governance. DFID’s STAR Ghana programme supports civil society and Parliament in influencing how Ghana uses its budget and delivers public services.
STAR-Ghana is a multi-million programme, jointly funded by DFID, the European Commission, Danida, and USAID. The bulk of funding is managed as a grant fund for civil society organisations (CSOs) to undertake projects that improve areas such as quality of primary education and access to justice.
The programme has four main work streams: …
Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rockefeller Foundation's Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)
2009-2014; India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam; Rockefeller Foundation
The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) aims to catalyse attention, funding, and action on building climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable people by creating robust models and methodologies for assessing and addressing risk through active engagement and analysis of various cities.
Itad conducted a monitoring and evaluation of ACCCRN. Through the network, it was anticipated that a network of Asian cities will have developed robust plans to prepare for, withstand and recover from the predicted impacts of climate …
2009; Mali, United Kingdom; OECD
The OECD-DAC Governance Network (GOVNET) works to improve the effectiveness of donor support to democratic governance in developing countries.
It aims to generate a better understanding and evidence base about aid and domestic accountability and to ensure that this evidence informs donor policy and practice. Itad assisted GOVNET in implementing its work-plan of activities and achieving its objectives through developing guidance on policy and programming approaches as part of a case study in Mali. We supported a baseline review of relevant material on the political system and prepared …
2009; Mongolia; Population Teaching and Research Centre, World Bank
The Mongolia Second Sustainable Livelihoods Project (SLPII) is the second phase of a World Bank programme that aimed to secure and sustain rural livelihoods in communities in Mongolia by improving institutional structures and support.
The aim of the project was to set up a national institutional framework for pastoral risk management, develop a rural micro finance fund and organise community initiatives in selected aimags (provinces) that would involve local people in the decision making process. A Participatory M&E (PM&E) system was …
2009; Sudan; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
In January 2011 citizens of Southern Sudan voted in an historic referendum which saw the creation of the world’s newest independent state.
This evaluation was conducted in the lead up to the referendum and assessed the performance of donor-supported conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. The evaluation covered the main donor programmes in the country, as well as a broad spectrum of activities under the themes of governance, justice and local peacebuilding – all activities that are designed …
2009-10; Ghana, Kenya; National Audit Office
The National Audit Office (NAO) of the United Kingdom undertakes around sixty ‘value for money’ (VFM) studies of government departments and public bodies per year. These reports are then considered by Parliament’s Committee of Public Accounts (the PAC), which seeks to draw lessons that can be applied to the future activity of the respective government department.
In 2009-10, the NAO undertook a VFM study that examined whether bilateral aid by the Department for International Development’s (DFID) on primary education was adequately contributing to the achievement of …
2009; Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste; DFID, OECD, Price Waterhouse Coopers
The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding was launched in 2008 as a forum for political dialogue to bring together conflict-affected and fragile countries, international partners and civil society to catalyse successful transitions from conflict and fragility.
The International Dialogue examines good practice and key bottlenecks in international support for peacebuilding and state building and generates consensus around priorities and objectives in these areas. We provided expert advice and guidance to …
2009; Central African Republic, DR Congo, Haiti, Sierra Leone; DFID, OECD
The Accra Action Agenda (AAA), adopted at the 3rd High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, committed partner and donor countries to voluntarily monitor the implementation of the Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations.
The aim of the Principles monitoring initiative was to assess the progress that international actors have made in implementing the 10 Principles and how they have contributed to the overarching goals of partner countries; and generate a first set of qualitative indicators to be used alongside …
2009; Multi-country; Norad
In 2009 Danida, ADB, SADEV, SIDA, DFID and Norad commissioned a joint evaluation of anti-corruption efforts in five countries: Vietnam, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Zambia and Nicaragua.
Its purpose was to obtain knowledge regarding the relevance and effectiveness of support to reduce corruption, both through specific anti-corruption and good governance efforts and in particular sectors (education, health and infrastructure), from 2002 onwards.
For this assignment Itad assembled a core International Evaluation Team and a National Evaluation Team for each of the designated countries. Our approach …
2005-2010; Multi-Country; DFID
In 2002 the UK National Audit Office reviewed DFID’s performance management. It found a gap in country level performance measurement. DFID then formalised a routine of independent Country Programme Evaluations (CPEs) or Regional Programme Evaluations (RPEs).
Evaluation of operations at country level became increasingly important as DFID decentralised. These evaluations, conducted for DFID’s Evaluation Department (EVD), provided important accountability and lesson learning functions for DFID. The key aim of the evaluations was to assess DFID’s strategy choices in its bilateral programmes …
2009-2013; Tunisia; African Development Bank
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is engaged in a process of reform. In 2009 and again in 2012, we were contracted by the Evaluation Department of the Bank to conduct a review of Quality at Entry (QaE).
QaE means the quality of a project at the time it enters the portfolio – that is at the time of Board approval, but before implementation begins.
The reviews were designed to inform management about factors – including ongoing elements of specific policy reforms – that affected quality in the periods preceding the reviews, and to consider what additional …
2009; Lebanon, Liberia, Nepal; Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva
In association with Tripleline, we were commissioned to conduct an evaluation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (OHCHR) performance on gender mainstreaming.
The evaluation sought to determine how well OHCHR integrates gender into human rights mechanisms and promotes gender equality results at national and global levels. We developed a detailed evaluation framework, and used several tools to review gender mainstreaming, such as a case study methodology, an …
2009; Uganda; Irish Aid
Since 2000, Uganda has been Ireland’s largest recipient of development assistance. The type of aid used is dominated by budget support and activities range from human development to governance and economic management.
Itad led this evaluation, which sought to provide Irish Aid’s Senior Management and Country Team in Uganda with an assessment of the Country Strategy Paper, using the OECD-DAC criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impact. The 5-person team undertook a literature review and field visit to Uganda to interview development partners, NGO and government representatives …
2008; Malawi; NAO
The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament in the United Kingdom. As part of its work, the NAO undertakes about sixty ‘value for money’ (VFM) studies of government departments and public bodies per year.
This work covers a range of issues and examines the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of public spending. These reports are then considered by Parliament’s Committee of Public Accounts (the PAC), which seeks to draw lessons that can be applied to the future activity of the respective government department.
In 2009, the NAO completed its …
2008; Benin, Nepal, Tanzania, United Kingdom; GTZ
Pro-poor growth – economic growth that enhances the ability of poor women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth – is essential for sustainable poverty reduction.
In 2007 the OECD DAC Network on Poverty Reduction (POVNET) issued new policy guidance for donors on pro poor growth. In collaboration with Train4Dev, a joint donor training network, POVNET contracted the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Itad to design and deliver a joint learning programme on pro-poor growth that would identify in a specific country setting what sorts of …
2008-2009; Bangladesh, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania; DFID
The Research into Use programme (RIUP) was a five year, £37 million programme funded by DFID’s Central Research Department.
It was designed to get the best research results from DFID’s past renewable natural resources research programmes into widespread use in Africa and South Asia. RIUP aimed to both maximise the poverty-reducing impact of the previous research and learn more about how research is taken up by different users.
DFID contracted us to review RIUP to assess its performance to date, recommend adjustments and help determine its the …
2007-2008; Rwanda; World Bank
Itad was contracted by Rwanda Rural Sector Support Project (RSSP), which is implemented by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), to update the project’s performance indicators and conduct a primary, field-level impact assessment survey with rural households.
The aim of the project was to revitalise the rural economy and improve the quality of life of the rural poor through transfer of technical and financial resources for sustainable rural development. With Phase 1 of RSSP coming to a close, the aim of this project, under component 2: ‘Implementation, …
2008; Sudan; Norad
The Joint Donor Team (JDT) in Juba aims to promote donor coordination in a fragile post-conflict environment. Since its creation in 2006, it became a landmark initiative in piloting the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and its applicability in Fragile and Conflict-affected States.
Itad was contracted by Norad to lead the mid-term evaluation of the JDT. We assessed progress towards achieving its goals of promoting policies to support sustainable peace and poverty reduction, and attain the Millennium Development Goals in South Sudan. We also evaluated JDT’s strengths and weaknesses as a …
1997-1999, 2002-2008; Belgium; European Commission
All aid agencies have their own approaches managing programmes and projects through their life cycle. In the 1990s the European Commission adopted Project Cycle Management as its core approach to the design and management of development cooperation projects.
In the early 2000s development cooperation policy evolved and the range of EC aid instruments expanded to include sector programmes and budget support. To support the effective design and management of its aid, the EC commissioned a series of contracts to provide training and methodological support to EC staff …
2008; Italy; IFAD/ILC
Itad was contracted by IFAD/ILC to develop an Operating Framework to guide annual and
multi-year result-based work planning; and M&E Framework to guide regular and systematic assessments of ILC’s progress toward achieving its strategic objectives.
The ILC is a global alliance of intergovernmental, governmental and civil-society organizations who work with rural poor people to increase their secure access to land and productive resources, especially land, and enable them to participate directly in policy formulation and decision-making processes that affect their livelihoods at local, …
2008; Timor-Leste; Irish Aid
Between 2003 and 2008 Irish Aid provided €20.7m of support to Timor-Leste, making it the 8th largest donor in the country.
This evaluation was the first to be undertaken of the programme and focused on support to public sector management, local government development, civil society support and the promotion of human rights, justice and gender equality.
Particular emphasis was given to donor harmonisation and alignment under the Paris Declaration, as well as the OECD-DAC Principles of International Engagement in Fragile States. Itad’s findings and recommendations provided senior …
2007-2008; Switzerland; Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is part of the United Nations (UN) Secretariat based in Geneva. OHCHR represents the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human rights.
As part of UN reforms, this assignment aimed to improve OHCHR’s strategic document (the Strategic Management Plan) as an effective tool to measure OHCHR’s performance, and to help improve accountability and result-based performance. We provided advisory services to support the finalisation …
2007; Indonesia, Cambodia, Viet Nam; DFID
Itad conducted a review for DFID of M&E in the region, and used this as a basis to strengthen the capacity of country offices.
We reviewed the quality of a sample of logical frameworks from the country offices of Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia; and we sought to strengthen the M&E capacity of these country offices, through a workshop based on the findings of this review.
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2007 – 2016; Nigeria; DFID, Palladium
The State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) was originally established as a six-year, £21million, DFID-funded civil society support programme in Nigeria. It has been expanded from its original conception (of 8) and has project offices in 10 States, and Abuja: Anambra, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Niger, Yobe and Zamfara.
SAVI aimed to increase the ability of citizens to claim rights and hold state governments accountable, to be achieved by focusing on the following three core areas: (1) The design and facilitation of advocacy projects to be implemented …
2007; Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Zambia; DFID
Guidelines for Evaluating Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Activities were developed though a collaboration of a core group of OECD DAC partners.
This group included the DAC Conflict Network and DAC Evaluation Network. Itad were engaged by DFID, on behalf of the DAC, to pilot test these guidelines on a range of DFID country and regional programme evaluations. The Guidance aimed to provide evidence on what works and why, in light of a growing portfolio of conflict prevention and peace building interventions. It also aimed to assist those working within the …
2007; Uganda; European Commission
National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) is a Government of Uganda programme that aims to increase farmers’ access to information, knowledge and technology for profitable agricultural production.
A number of donor partners support the project, including the World Bank, the European Commission, Danida and IFAD. In 2007 a performance evaluation of Phase I was conducted by Itad. The evaluation aimed at assessing the programmes relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability and its impact on the delivery of agricultural services. The team consisted of 4 …
2009 – 2010; Pakistan; DFID Pakistan
In 2005, ‘development partners’ and developing country governments signed the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. This committed signatories to improving aid effectiveness in a number of ways, including improving the way their systems and practices, such as monitoring and evaluation, work together.
The External Affairs Department of Pakistan’s government set up a Paris Declaration Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation, with the aim of strengthening and improving the harmonisation of Government and development partner M&E practices in Pakistan. Pakistan wanted a …
2007; Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania; NORAD
This project evaluated Norwegian support to African countries in the field of HIV/AIDS over the period 2000-2006. The particular focus of the evaluation was to look at how effective Norwegian support was to countries with generalised epidemics and included in depth country assessments of three such countries: Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania.
Itad led a consortium which included African based consultancy companies. Core activities included the design and implementation of the evaluation in four phases (inception, main study, synthesis and report writing) and dissemination …
2007; Namibia; Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia
In 2007, Namibia’s HIV/AIDS prevalence was around 13%, which at the time was among the highest in the world. The National AIDS Council (NAC) for Namibia required a review of its mid-term plan to tackle HIV/AIDS nationally.
The objective of this study was to provide insights into the performance of the national AIDS strategy to date and, specifically, to provide recommendations to help stakeholders in Namibia together define the most effective way forward. A major objective of the evaluation was to assess the involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS …
2006; Egypt, Indonesia, United States, Zambia; UNDP
In 1999, UNDP adopted a results-based management (RBM) approach, with the aim of enhancing its contribution to development effectiveness.
The evaluation, covered 1999 – 2006, and aimed to assess the effectiveness of the RBM, as well as provide feedback on the organization’s efforts to strengthen the existing RBM practices. Itad led the study and had overall responsibility for methodology, analysis and report writing. The evaluation was developed around a theory-based intervention logic including a set of structured questions to test that logic.
The evaluation …
2006-2009; Malawi; World Bank
The Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF) is a social investment programme (SIF) that provides funds for District government and communities to invest in roads, health centres, schools, and income-earning activities.
The third phase of MASAF also includes a cash transfer component, plus support to community empowerment that is in line with the national policy of decentralisation. In association with Jimat Development Consultants (Zimbabwe) and O&M Associates (Malawi), we undertook the impact evaluation of the programme. The impact evaluation assessed contributions to the Millennium …
2003-2006; Bangladesh; Social Development Foundation, Bangladesh
Itad was contracted by the Social Development Foundation to design and implement a process monitoring system, which aims to provide regular information to project management on the key processes in the implementation of SIPP, such as how community development committees are formed and operate.
The process monitoring system provides feedback on the quality of project processes according to a number of quality criteria, including process transparency, accountability and sustainability.
The Government of Bangladesh is using a World Bank loan to implement …
2007; UK; DFID, Institute of Development Studies
There is a strongly-supported view that better access to knowledge on development issues improves debate and decision-making on development.
The Mobilising Knowledge for Development (MK4D) programme is a suite of five knowledge services that DFID funds at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Their shared aim is ‘to reduce global poverty and injustice by supporting more informed decision-making by those in a position to influence change’. There were previously five separate projects – MK4D brings them together under one programme. They also receive funding …
2006; Nigeria; World Bank
Itad, contracted by the World Bank, was working with all the relevant Ministries and Agencies to analyse the then current situation in terms of how M&E is resourced, how it functions within and between organisations, where the information flows from and to, and how the information provided through M&E is used to influence policy, budgetary and operational decisions.
The World Bank provided an Institutional Development Grant to the Federal Government of Nigeria to strengthen the capacity of the MDG Implementation Committee. This cross-governmental committee, headed by a Special …
2006; Angola; DFID South Africa and Ministry of Finance, Angola
Itad was contracted by DFID to assess the training programme on budgeting in Angola.
More specifically, it focused on the training needs of the target population; determining the potential number of the target population; establishing the content and the schedule of the courses; proposing the required number and qualifications of the resource persons; proposing the support material for the training and assing the risks of external factors which would have meant participants would be unable to put their training into practice and evaluate the costs …
2006; Mongolia; World Bank
Itad conducted a review for the World Bank, on the overall approach to PM&E under Sustainable Livelihoods Project (SLP)-1 and provided a detailed framework for M&E in SLP-2 which included indicators, reporting requirements and institutional responsibilities for participatory monitoring of the Pasture Risk Management and Local Initiatives Funds components.
The Sustainable Livelihoods Project (SLP) aims to develop and demonstrate effective approaches to promoting improved, secure and sustainable livelihood strategies and create institutional capacity for subsequent scaling up. The …
2006; UK; DFID
Itad worked with DFID to produce a Memorandum which constituted DFID’s written evidence at the International Development Committee (IDC) inquiry which was held in October 2006, through internal consultation with those working on water related activities.
The main purpose of the inquiry will be to examine how donors – notably DFID – can support progress towards the MDGs, specifically Goal 7 which aims to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation by 2015. In 2005, DFID announced a doubling of its aid to Africa on water. The 2006 DFID …
2006; Multi-country; GTZ
In 2005 it was six years since the Enhanced Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC2) had imposed new donor conditionalities and five years since the first generation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) had been prepared in response.
This was a timely point at which to pose the question – what have we learned from this experiment? Commissioned by Train4Dev, a joint donor training network, Itad were contracted with the Overseas Development Institute to develop a learning programme to be rolled out initially through four regional workshops, taking as their departure point the …
Technical Assistance to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources under the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme in Nigeria
2006; Nigeria; European Development Fund
The Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) was an EU-funded initiative that aimed to improve water governance, supply, sanitation and service delivery in six focal states in Nigeria.
Itad provided support to the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) element of the programme. We contributed to participatory water resources planning and management in the Hadejia-Jama’are and Cross River basins. In each basin Itad assisted the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in the establishment of River Basin Management Commissions. We supported the Ministry …
2006; Bangladesh; WorldFish Bangladesh Centre
Itad was contracted by WorldFish Bangladesh to assist in producing a robust scientific evidence base to demonstrate that biologically, socially and economically community based fisheries management works through research communications advice.
Community-Based Fisheries Management Project-Phase II (CBFM2) is an action research project that aims to influence the Government of Bangladesh’s policy process for floodplain fisheries in favour of pro-poor sustainable management approaches.This input will produce two policy briefs on the livelihood impacts of the approach. This …
2006-2009; Vietnam; Sida
The Sida Advisory Team (SAT) was appointed to provide professional advice to strengthen the quality and results of Sweden’s development cooperation in Vietnam.
In association with WSP and Mekong Economics, we provided support on programme design and performance for rural development projects. Individual assignments included annual reviews, the mid-term, and final (ex post) evaluation of the Chia Se Programme. Chia Se is a flagship rights-based programme, supporting decentralisation and poverty alleviation through bottom-up processes in the Ha Giang, Yen Bai and Quang Tri provinces. Local …
2005-2006; China; World Bank.
Itad was contracted by the World Bank to support the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation System for the China Watershed Management Project which helped to evaluate the poverty impact of the Bank Loess Plateau project interventions.
The previous M&E system of the Loess Project was updated to include indicators for monitoring poverty and especially monitoring environmental-poverty linkages in this ecologically fragile region. Stakeholder participation was a central theme of this assignment.
The World Bank, with grant assistance from the Department for International …
2006; Netherlands; Dienst Landelijk Gebied Regio West
Itad, in a partnership, was contracted by Dienst Landelijk Gebied Regio West to conduct a review of the role of governance in island development.
The ISLA project aims to demonstrate how small islands in North East Europe can turn their constraints (like being sparsely populated, often geographically remote and environmentally and economically vulnerable) into assets for sustainable development.
There were three main parts to the study; to compare, review and demonstrate the role of government in dealing with small island issues; to study and demonstrate how …
2006; Viet Nam; Swedish Development Co-operation
Sweden was the first western government to offer development support to the Vietnam Government, starting in 1969.
As one of the major bilateral donors, Sida had established a major programme of bilateral and joint funding support to rural development covering the period of 2006-09. Sida appointed Itad as professional advisors to strengthen the quality of follow-up on their rural development portfolio. We advised Sida on programme design, structure and performance and the quality of results. We also advised on how rural development programmes had contributed to …
2006; United Kingdom; DFID
Itad provided services to DFID under the ICD (Information and Communications for Development) framework. Under this framework, Itad coordinated and authored a How to Note on Using Information to Strengthen Policy-making.
This How to Note is part of a series of notes on Using Information to Strengthen Policy-making. These notes are aimed primarily at DFID statisticians, although they may be useful to staff in country offices. The Note provides a short summary of the key issues for DFID staff in use of ICTs in data collection for poverty monitoring it shows a range of possible options in the …
2006; Italy, Mozambique and South Africa; World Food Programme
Itad was contracted by the World Food Programme (WFP) to undertake the review of the strategic relevance of the Grant, its effectiveness and impact on country office operations, and various management issues between the three main parties (BMZ, GTZ/GTZ IS and WFP).
The German Quality Improvement Grant (GQIG) is part of Germany’s multilateral contribution to development. From 1998-2005, over US$ 7.6 million (about US$ 1.1 million per year) was earmarked for this grant, which sought to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of World Food Programme’s …
2005; Multi-Country; European Commission
Itad won an EC-funded, open tender to evaluate the European Training Foundation (ETF), which provides expertise in Vocational Education and Training to some 35 countries.
The 4-person team drew up an evaluation framework to address the key evaluation questions, undertook a desk study review of documents, interviewed key ETF and Commission Staff and carried out field visits to 4 case study countries in Europe, North Africa and Central Asia.
The specific objectives of the evaluation were to assess the extent to which the commitments made by the Foundation in its 2002-2005 Work …
2006; Multi-country; International HIV/AIDS Alliance
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) is an innovative global partnership of nationally based, independent civil society organisations that work together to mobilise communities against HIV and AIDS. Its mission is to support community action on HIV, health and human rights to end AIDS.
Established in 1993, the Alliance is the one of the largest HIV/AIDS-focused community development organisation globally, and has become established as a leading player in the global response to the epidemic.
The evaluation was commissioned by the Alliance Secretariat …
2005; Bangladesh; DFID
Itad were contracted by DFID to conduct semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with Programme Leaders, Project Leaders, Collaborators and project beneficiaries from 19 projects (9 in Uganda, 6 in Bangladesh & 4 in the Caribbean) to build a communications strategy synthesis.
The purpose of the project was to enable DFID to institutionalise and manage communication for uptake promotion as an integrated component of its Renewable Natural Resource (RNR) Research programmes. Over the last decade there has been considerable concern about the impact of RNR Research and its role in …
2005; Multi-country; World Bank
The Japanese Social Development Fund is a World Bank fund that gives support to the poorest groups in society.
The JSDF is unique, as its grants are not distributed by central government, but directly by civil society organisations to the local communities.
In 2005 Itad conducted a strategic evaluation of the JSDF for the World Bank. Itad reviewed the progress and development of the fund and its achievements in relation to the Funds objectives. We visited a total of ten projects that had received grants from JSDF, including projects in Armenia, Benin, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, …
2005; Kyrgyz Republic; World Bank
Itad were contracted by the World Bank to assist in their Water Management Improvement Project, consisting of previous institutional reformation projects and proposals being reviewed; assessments of the institutional capacity of the DWR at central and local levels and a determining of the new structure of the DWR/SWA.
The Water Management Improvement Project (WMIP) followed on from the On-farm Irrigation (OIP) and the Irrigation Rehabilitation Project (IRP), both funded by the World Bank. The OIP is a US$ 29 million project which commenced in late 2000 has two main components; …
2005; Nepal; DFID
Itad was commissioned by DFID to undertake a review of agricultural research in Nepal.
The Review was performed in the context of the Agricultural Perspective Plan (APP),10th Development Plan (PRSP) and the recent National Agricultural Policy. The Inception Report for this study set out one general and eight issue-specific questions to address responsiveness and impact in terms of the Research Uptake Pathway model. These were all addressed with specific conclusions leading to recommendations concerning pro-poor approaches, commercialisation and institutional development.
The review was performed …
2005; United States; Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, World Bank
Itad worked with Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) Operations Team to develop a coherent and integrated Monitoring & Evaluation system for MIGA.
It focused on the mandate of the agency and translated it into specific indicators showing the contribution that each task or activity, project or unit has on the achievement of the agency’s mandate.
MIGA is a member of World Bank Group. Its mission is to stimulate the flow of overseas investment to developing countries and economies in transition by providing political risk …
2005; Tanzania; Tanzania President’s Office
Itad was contracted by the Tanzania President’s Office to assess the extent to which the Programme was progressing towards the achievement of its primary goals and objectives.
Throughout the review special attention was paid to the installation of Performance Management Systems (PMS), which represented a major Programme focus. Itad assessed the performance management system and made recommendations for future strategy and results-orientation in the context of wider government financial and local government reforms.
In Tanzania, civil service reform was initiated in 1993 …
2004-2005; Belgium; European Commission
Itad, contracted by the European Commission (EC) was a consortium leader to provide training and helpdesk services to the EC and partner government staff in Project Cycle Management, Sector Programmes and Budgetary Aid. A team of full-time helpdesk consultants is based in Brussels, while a range of trainers and backstopping consultants were available to support this large-scale capacity-building programme.
The Project Cycle Management, Sector Programmes & Budgetary Aid aim was to provide methodological support and helpdesk services; develop training and guidance materials …
2005; Viet Nam; Socialist Republic of Vietnam, World Bank
As part of the programme appraisal process, Itad was commissioned to design the M&E component of the planned Poor Communes Livelihoods and Infrastructure Program (P-CLIP), which was intended to reduce poverty and build sustainable livelihoods for the most disadvantaged communes in Vietnam.
We prepared a Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy, designed monitoring tools and reporting procedures, and proposed institutional arrangements for carrying out M&E activities and ensuring the effective use of the information gathered. We also designed the baseline …
2005; China; World Bank
The Western Provinces of China are amongst the country’s poorest areas and have a higher proportion of ethnic minorities. The Poor Rural Communities Development Project (PRCDP) was funded jointly with a $79 million blended loan by the World Bank and DFID.
It aimed to develop an inclusive and equitable approach to government-led poverty reduction in Guangxi, Yunnan, Sichuan Provinces. The project, which was thefourth in a series of village-based multi-sectoral poverty reduction projects supported by the World Bank in China, worked with Chinese government partners in Provincial Poverty …
2004-2005; Ghana and India; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to undertake an impact assessment of NRSP’s research at the peri-urban interface (PUI). Using a combination of household surveys, key informant interviews and focus group discussions in Hubli-Dharwad (India) and Kumasi (Ghana).
DFID’s Natural Resources Systems Programme (NRSP) aims to deliver new knowledge that can enable poor people who are largely dependent on natural resources to improve their livelihoods. This new knowledge centres on changes in the management of the natural resources base that can enhance the livelihoods of the poor over a relatively …
2002-2005; Bangladesh; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to work with a Bangladesh NGO to produce promotional material and develop a resources pack for Participatory Action Plan Development (PAPD).
DFID’s Natural Resources Systems Programme commissioned Itad to develop and test an innovative approach for scaling-up and promoting a methodology used in community based planning. The communications programme for the promoting a methodology used in community based planning.
The PAPD methodology, known as Participatory Action Plan Development, is a tool that was developed in Bangladesh to facilitate communities to …
2002-2005; Kenya, Uganda; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to provide communications and Monitoring & Evaluation expertise to this project. Specifically the methods for partnership building, communication between different stakeholders and developing a system for reflection and learning about the process.
This research project aimed to identify new opportunities to enhance the livelihoods of rural youth in East Africa. This was achieved through gaining a clearer understanding of the livelihood strategies of rural youth by reviewing current policies, institutions and processes that influence the lives of …
2002-2004; Multi-Country; European Commission
Itad was contracted by the European Commission to undertake the monitoring and analysis of all projects funded in the Tacis and Balkans/CARDS region.
The assignment involved the monitoring of all the European Community’s external assistance projects in the Tacis and Balkan/CARDS regions. The system was based on the regular visiting of projects, interviews with stakeholders and document review, using an approach underpinned by the Project Cycle Management / Log frame methodology. Analysed information and reports that were held in a central (MONIS) database. Itad had …
2003-2004; United Kingdom; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID for the management of the application process of the Infrastructure and Urban Development Departments Knowledge and Research (KaR) programme covering the water, transport, geoscience, ICT, energy and urban development sectors.
The full proposal application procedures allowed DFID’s objectives to be clarified, including a focus on poverty, livelihoods and sustainable development. The team co-ordinated the role of DFID Advisors and the input of in-house and independent technical experts in the assessment of applications. The consortium also provided …
2004; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia; European Commission, Council of Europe
Itad conducted an end of project evaluation of the European Commission (EC) and the Council of Europe (CoE) Joint Programme in association with the International Centre for Human Development (ICHD), Armenia and with consultants from Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The main aim of the Joint Programme was to enable the relevant authorities in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to reform the relevant legislation, strengthen the protection of human rights, and improve the functioning of democratic institutions. The objective of the evaluation was to provide …
2005; Kyrgyz Republic; Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources & Process Industry, Kyrgyz Republic, World Bank
Itad was contracted to assist in the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Restructuring Study which was commissioned to look at the institutional arrangements for incorporating the project-funded WUA Support Unit into the DWR, and for making recommendations on the restructuring required within the DWR to incorporate the changes brought about as a result of the new Water Code which was passed in January 2005.
The DWR Restructuring Study is part of the On-farm Irrigation (OIP) and Irrigation Rehabilitation …
2004; UK; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to undertake a review of PASS (the Programme of Advisory and Support Services), and recommend whether the contract should be extended for a further two years. The review considered how DFID should fund this resource centre and made recommendations for revisions to its log frame.
PASS is a DFID resource centre that provides support for policy development and lesson-learning across a range of technical themes relating to poverty reduction. Examples of thematic areas in which it provides policy support on include: agriculture and natural resources, food security, HIV/AIDS and …
2003-2004; Bangladesh; DFID, IRRI
Itad was contracted by DFID and IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) to carry out such tasks as; advice on logframe revision; clarification of information needs; development/refinement of information collection and recording methods and formats; development of the project’s computerised Management Information System; develop a schedule with key milestones that link to output and purpose indicators in the logframe; training of project staff in Monitoring & Evaluation principles.
Image © Rice water drainage gate Bangladesh. Photo Credit: IRRI
2003-2004; Multi-country; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to undertake the evaluation of WHO-DFID partnership.
The evaluation assessed the causal linkages that lie at the base of the relationship between DFID and the WHO (World Health Organisation) – ranging from DFID’s activities in support of the partnership, to the indirect contribution of the partnership to the achievement of the MDGs. Work included interviews with stakeholders in Geneva and London, visits to Ghana, Zambia and Viet Nam, plus an email survey of DFID and WHO country-based staff.
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) works in …
2004; Tanzania; United Republic of Tanzania – President’s Office
Governments invest huge resources in the development of strategies and operational plans. The obvious question arises – is this investment worth it?
Under Tanzania’s Public Service Reform Programme in the early 2000s, the role of government had been redefined, confining functions to policy and regulation, and new department and agency structures were introduced. We conducted three studies – to assess the quality of plans; to determine the extent to which plans were actually being used; and to judge the quality of indicators and data used to inform …
2002-2004; Belgium; European Commission
Itad, contracted by the EC, is consortium leader on a £1.2m per year contract to provide training and helpdesk services to EC and partner government staff in Project Cycle Management, Sector Programmes and Budgetary Aid. This is split into two; Provision of methodological support and helpdesk services and training design and delivery.
A team of fulltime helpdesk consultants is based in Brussels, while a range of trainers and backstopping consultants are available to support this large-scale capacity-building programme. Work has included the development of guidance materials …
2000-2004; India; World Bank
Itad, contracted by the World Bank, provided a consultant to supervise the M&E component of the project, to provide advice to the M&E institutions and to assist in building local capacity.
The monitoring & evaluation input is focused on the two main components of monitoring and evaluation – the impact evaluation study and process monitoring.The District Poverty Initiative Project in Andhra Pradesh, India was implemented in six of the poorest districts of the State.
The principal issues raised with the M&E teams concerned the need to link indicators in a framework which …
2002-2004; Bangladesh; DFID, Natural Resources Systems Programme
Itad was contracted by DFID to provide guidance and support in further development of the method, in the design and testing of a training programme about the method and the production of a Participatory Action Plan Development (PAPD) Resources Pack in English and Bangla for the consensus building.
PAPD is a participatory tool that was developed in Bangladesh to facilitate communities in managing their common pool resources. This project developed a training package for development practitioners to learn about and use the PAPD method. It also sought to …
2003; UK and Italy; World Food Programme
Itad, contracted by the World Food Programme (WFP), designed a training package consisting of a facilitator’s guide, instructions for participants, a detailed fictional country context, and four exercises. The training covered four scenarios, based on actual emergency situations. These were set during the first few months of a deteriorating humanitarian situation, in which the country office needed to rapidly scale-up activities.
As part of the training of newly appointed Country Directors (CDs), the World Food Programme designed an 8-day Country Director Development Programme …
2003; India; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to work on this project as a continuation of pro-poor policy analysis conducted for the Banks Agriculture and Rural Development Department.
The assignment started with development of tools and methodology to analyse policy evolution and project investments in the context of rural space and poverty alleviation. These were first tested through a desk study in Washington, then applied to Bank operations in the rural sector of two programmes.
The objective of the study was to improve understanding of the rationale governing the treatment of rural poverty concerns and the …
2003; Cameroon; World Bank
Itad was contracted by the World Bank to explore issues of social capital, the cost-effectiveness of participatory techniques and their impact upon issues of ill-being and well-being.
Village level participatory (VLP) development strategies have gained increasing importance as methods of poverty reduction and sustainable development over the last two decades. They focus on direct interaction of local people with development organisations, government institutions and non-governmental organisations. Participatory approaches direct the attention towards the role of local groups and …
2003; Russia; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to evaluate the replicability and scalability of its Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Pilot Project (SRLPP) in Russia. Itad provided skills including cost-benefit analysis, economics, rural livelihoods, institutions and rural social development.
DFID’s Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Pilot Project (SRLPP) in Russia is applying livelihoods approaches in support of rural social and economic regeneration and continuing policy reforms of the Russian federal government. Initial results in SRLPP areas show noticeable improvements in livelihoods of the rural poor over the timeframe …
1999-2003; South Africa; EuropeAid
Itad’s role, contracted by EuropeAid, was to support the Programme Management Unit (PMU) in the Department of Labour (DoL) in managing and coordinating the development programme and in capacity building at both headquarters and provincial level.
The aim of the programme was to assist the DoL to set up and implement a national programme of skills development and training aimed at a broad range of unskilled employed and unemployed persons. The training programme is being linked to a national qualifications framework, so that skills learned can be nationally recognised.
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2003; Tanzania; DFID
Itad was recruited by DFID to review a draft version of plans for monitoring and evaluation.
The plans under review were found to be overly dependent on non-existent computer systems and network processing; to be overly complex in the number of indicators to be tracked; and to make use of service delivery surveys that were not compatible with similar initiatives taking place elsewhere in government.
Tanzania has been engaged with a process of public sector reform since the early 1990s. Some good progress has been made with personnel management and a Tanzanian reform model has been established …
2003; United Kingdom; UNHCR
Itad was contracted by UNHCR in order to draw in from some findings from an expert paper written which concludes that it is essential that the delivery of external aid (including rehabilitation, or compensation, activities) develop mechanisms that better understand, foster and engage with local people and their livelihood strategies.
The Refugee Livelihoods Project (RLP) is an initiative to examine strategies used by refugees to support themselves and the potential for UNHCR and other actors to promote livelihood security options among refugees, returnees and members of the host …
2003; United Kingdom; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to produce a paper reviewing the VFM indicator.
This included a detailed analysis of data contained within DFID’s management information system (PRISM), with particular attention paid to the issues of compliance and disparities across country offices, regions, sectors and instruments of aid. Key informant interviews were held with DFID staff, including various Country Offices.
DFID’s Public Service Agreement (PSA) 2003-2006 sets out a number of key indicators for reporting performance to the Treasury department. This includes the Value for Money (VFM) …
1999-2002; United Kingdom; DFID
Itad had been contracted to undertake an evaluation of DFID’s sustainable agriculture strategy. The assignment was conducted over an 18 month period.
The main outcomes included the extent to which DFID sustainable agriculture activities had been consistent with the sustainable agriculture strategy (SAS); The relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of selected recent projects; The impact of selected projects and the SAS as a whole – particularly their contribution to reducing poverty, improving food security and improving productivity of land and aquatic resources; Lessons that could …
1999-2002; Belgium; European Commission
Itad was contracted by The European Commission to design and manage a series of short-courses in basic project management skills for DG Personnel and Administration.
The courses were conducted in Brussels and Luxembourg, and covered the following material: Projects and Project Management; Objective-oriented Project Planning and Management; Developing and Using Activity Schedules and Responsibility Matrices; Developing and using Cost Schedules and Budgets; Measuring and Reviewing Project Performance.
Image © Burkina Faso – October 2012. Photo Credit: WFP/Rein Skullerud
2001-2002; United Kingdom; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to produce the evaluation. Work included all stages of the evaluation from the development of an evaluation framework, the design and piloting of evaluation tools, to the completion and presentation of the final report.
A small sub-sample of research project were analysed, and key informant interviews were held with the DFID personnel and programme managers in the rural livelihoods (NRSP, Crop Protection Programme, etc) economic and social, infrastructure and health research programmes.
DFID commissioned the evaluation of research dissemination to …
2002; Italy; European Training Foundation
Itad were contracted by the European Training Foundation (ETF) to conduct an external evaluation of the ETF, an EC agency providing expertise in the reform of vocational education and training, and labour market systems.
The evaluation looked at issues of efficiency and effectiveness, and involved an extensive series of interviews with key stakeholders, web-based surveys of ETF staff and external stakeholders, and case study visits to Lithuania, Russia and Algeria.
Image © Photo Credit: Salzburg Global Seminar
2002; United Kingdom; Scottish Executive
Itad were contracted by Scottish Executive, to conduct M&E of coastal zone projects by producing an evaluation using a mixture of participatory techniques, interviews, questionnaires and desk studies, to examine whether such voluntary partnerships are the most effective way of ensuring that Scottish Coastal Zones are sustainably managed.
The Scottish Executive Central Research Unit, on behalf of the Scottish Coastal Forum, commissioned Itad in association with BMT Cordah, to undertake an evaluation of the effectiveness of Local Coast Fora in the delivery of Integrated …
2001-2002; India; World Bank
Itad, contracted by World Bank, led an international team undertaking the preparation studies for this project resulting in a Livelihoods Assessment Report, Environmental Management Plan, Pest Management Plan and Tribal Development Plan.
All the preparation studies for the project, including social risk management, watershed development, health, and differently-abled people were synthesized into a Sustainable Livelihoods Management Plan, produced by Itad. This Plan included a M&E sub-plan for the project.
The Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction (AP-RPRP) is a state-wide World …
2002; Yugoslavia; FAO
Itad was contracted by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) to study the role of education in rural development in Serbia. The study aimed at developing, in collaboration with local educational and agricultural authorities, the priorities, the focus and content of a project for improving education for the local rural population.
A large number of consultations were held with stakeholders from the agriculture and education sectors and government to produce a project proposal to implement a project on education for rural development.
The FAO Regional Office for Europe and the Sustainable …
2002; Denmark, Tanzania; DANIDA
Itad was contracted to undertake a set of interlinked studies on the lessons and issues emerging from the first 5 years of the Ereto project. These studies were designed to inform a Joint Review, which would make recommendations for a further phase of the project. Itad specialists therefore undertook studies on HIV/AIDS in the Maasai in Ngorogoro District; livestock and pastoralist models for Tanzania; and potential institutional linkages. The main report reviewed the impact of the project on poverty reduction, strengthening of community capacity for self management, institutional linkages …
2002; Bangladesh; DFID
DFID had a portfolio of 10 rural livelihoods projects in Bangladesh.
These tackled rural poverty by: improving access of the poor to common resources (especially waterbodies for fisheries); directly training poor people in agriculture and food production; strengthening organisations providing advice and information on agriculture and fisheries techniques; and improving the relevance poverty orientation of agricultural research. At this time, DFID was reducing its staff headcount and needed support in managing the regular reviews of these projects.
We were contracted by DFID …
2002; United Kingdom; DFID
Itad carried out an evaluation of the partnership arrangement between DFID and (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) OCHA under which DFID provided technical and financial support to the UN institution against an agreed set of objectives.
The study assessed the relevance of the DFID/OCHA Partnership to the policies of the partners; the effectiveness and efficiency of the partnership; the impact of the partnership on OCHA’s mandate and mission and its sustainability. The report and findings were used to apply the lessons learned to the future partnership arrangement.
2001-2002; Italy; World Food Programme
Itad were contracted by the World Food Programme to evaluate the effects of the emergency response training, in particular to measure the degree to which the training contributed to staff capabilities and performance; to assess the relevance of the topics; to advise on training evaluation measures, and; to make recommendations on how to make the training more effective.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the UN’s front line agency in the fight against global hunger. The WFP maintains an emergency roster of staff who are immediately available to be deployed in 24 – 48 hours and has …
2002; Kenya, United Kingdom, DFID
Itad, contracted by DFID, worked with a core team to increase the effectiveness of the National Aids Control Council (NACC) Secretariat through logframe advice in its advocacy and coordination role in the development of sector-specific HIV/AIDS programmes. These programmes incorporated Strategic Plan priorities and strategies, and address the targets included in the Strategic Plan.
Image © Sindo District Hospital, new HIV/AIDS centre. Photo Credit: Department for International Development UK.
2002; United Kingdom; World Bank
Itad worked closely with the World Bank throughout the development of the Core Welfare Indicators Questionnaire (CWIQ) and provided the TA for pilot surveys in Kenya and Ghana.
The survey in Tanzania was piloted in the context of a Tanzania Social Action Fund and the Task Force on Poverty and Welfare Indicators, set up under the auspices of the Poverty Eradication Unit in the Vice President’s office. The survey was a single visit short duration interview, and uses scanning technology for rapid data capture.
The CWIQ was developed as a household survey to measure the effectiveness of …
2001-2002; United States; National Research Institute, World Bank
Itad provided technical support to the Rural Development Department of the World
Bank to investigate sustainability in the World Bank’s rural portfolio of projects and to create a sustainability Literature Review.
A drafted critique paper on concepts of and approaches used in sustainability and sustainable development was developed which was the material used for a workshop and meetings in the World Bank and led to a working paper for the Rural Development Department with proposals for practical action.
The draft provided the source material and …
2001; Nepal; DFID
Itad, contracted by DFID, designed a monitoring and evaluation system for the research programme. The monitoring elements of the system were based on the application, review and implementation procedures.
The evaluation aspects are based on the initial uptake of research outputs by dissemination agencies or directly by farmers. The assignment includes capacity development of staff working in the National Agricultural Research Council and advice on computerisation of research records.
Image © Helping Daya plan for the future. Photo Credit: Robert Stansfield/DFID.
1999-2001; Kenya; Wye College (University of London) and the University of East Anglia
Itad collaborated on training assignments in Monitoring and Evaluation and Microcomputing with two universities in the UK: Wye College (University of London) and the University of East Anglia. A three-month course on ‘Managing Rural Development: Information Systems, Monitoring and Evaluation’ is held in the spring term.
Also in association with Wye College, Itad offered a four week course on Advanced Information Management and in the past has also worked with Wye College in their biannual course on ‘Microcomputers for Agricultural …
2000-2001; United Kingdom; Shell Foundation
Itad provided Project Cycle Management advice to the Shell Foundation, a charity which aims to support efforts worldwide to advance the goal of sustainable development.
Working with their Sustainable Energy Programme and Sustainable Communities Programme, Itad designed a system for the management of grant-funded projects through the project cycle.
Management tools designed include concept and full proposal application forms, guidelines for systematic review of proposals, and user-friendly guides for the preparation of log frames and activity schedules. The management …
2000 – 2001; South Africa; DFID
Itad, contracted by DFID carried out a research proposal on Skills Gap research. The research focuses on three main areas namely, the macro-level (Departments of Education and Labour), the labour market (SETAs, employers) and the further education and training (FET) sector (provincial level education authorities, FET colleges).
The ‘Skills Gap’ research project was one of a number commissioned by DFID’s Education department. The research aimed to understand the match (or mismatch) between the skills and competencies that learners have on completing education in the FET sector and the …
2001; Italy; World Food Programme
Itad were contracted by the World Food Programme to prepare core Monitoring and Evaluation guidelines and a formulate a 3 year M&E training strategy.
The guidelines had been produced in both printed and electronic form and were made available on WFP’s intranet. WFP’s regional and country offices used the guidelines as the core resource material for monitoring and evaluating their emergency, relief and development operations.
Image © WFP Food distribution. Photo Credit: Albert González Farran – UNAMID
2001; United Kingdom; DFID
Itad was recruited by DFID to undertake a short investigation and evaluation into ways in which private sector organisations evaluate their success at influencing policy.
Enquiries were held within individual companies, trade organisations and lobbyists. Many of the techniques hinge on simple measures of gaining a legislative or economic advantage through, such as taxation.
Image © Swapping aid for trade in northern Uganda. Photo Credit: Pete Lewis/Department for International Development
2002; Nigeria; DFID
The north-east of Nigeria is a dry climate and access to water resources is key to survival. Our DFID-funded Joint Wetlands Livelihoods (JWL) project aimed to improve poor people’s livelihoods, particularly those dependent on wetlands.
This project started life as a ‘livelihoods project’. But our diagnosis quickly found the problem was as poor water management, particularly in the main rivers. This was due to gaps, overlaps and failures in the way water resources were governed and managed. The project became a water governance project. Partners and stakeholders for this project included the …
2001; Civil Service Department; Tanzania
Itad was recruited by the Civil Service Department to review draft plans for monitoring and evaluation within central and sector ministries.
The draft plans were criticised as being overly dependent on non-existent computer systems and network processing; to be overly complex in the number of indicators to be tracked; and to make use of service delivery surveys that were not compatible with similar initiatives taking place elsewhere in government.
Under Tanzania’s Public Service Reform Programme, governments role had been redefined, confining functions to policy and …
2001; Tanzania; World Bank
Itad was contracted by the World Bank to design and conduct a two-mission visit to Tanzania to assess Tanzania’s efforts to introduce Results-Based M&E and strengthen M&E capacity, to identify opportunities for expanded World Bank support.
The project was a study by the Bank into national systems to improve the availability of results to provide feedback to management and policy making, with a view to designing improved capacity development. The country visits were planned around a review of documentation and interviews with stakeholders in government, NGOs, academia and the …
2000-2001; Multi-Country; Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Netherlands
Itad was contracted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to complete an evaluation of the process of Sustainable Development Agreements (SDAs) which proved to be innovative, involving political and operational elements and introducing the notion of reciprocity.
The SDAs were established between four countries: Benin, Bhutan, Costa Rica and The Netherlands, following the Rio summit. The study is designed to meet a requirement of the Dutch Parliament to report on progress and evaluate the agreements, which are intended to create a relationship that …
2001, 2007; Multi-country; UNAIDS
The global response to HIV/ AIDS has changed dramatically over the last decade. UNAIDS is a United Nations programme that supports 10 corresponding UN organisations and works with other partners.
Established in 1996, it was set up to coordinate the HIV/ AIDS response in countries affected by the pandemic and increase attention to the issues. In 2001, after 10 years of being in operation, an evaluation was sought to assess whether UNAIDS has met its aims over the previous 5 years. By 2007, UN organisational reforms, the AIDS epidemic and the global response to it had considerably …
2000-2001; United Kingdom, United States; National Research Institute, World Bank
Itad, contracted by the National Research Institute and the World Bank, designed and directed a study to analyse a sample of 92 projects approved in 1999 and 2000 to assess their poverty focus.
The methodology built on the poverty pillars in the 2000 World Development Report, analysed the poverty diagnosis, pro-poor strategy and pro-poor project design as set out in project documents. The poverty framework was developed from guidelines for Poverty Reduction Strategies.
The study was commissioned by RDV within the framework of the …
1999-2000; United Kingdom; UK Government
Itad formulated a research strategy for UK government support to the long-term mitigation of water degradation and the sustainable realisation of human needs. Through regional consultation Itad established a prioritisation of researchable issues to be investigated.
Image © World Water Day – 22 March. Photo Credit: Albert González Farran, UNAMID.
1999-2000; External Relations Commission
Itad undertook a mid-term evaluation of the Tacis-LIEN Programme. The evaluation focused on assessment of LIEN as a tool for strengthening civil society development and strengthening of NGOs in the NIS, as well as the evaluation of specific projects/activities.
Specific aims are to provide assistance to disadvantaged women and promote sustainable social support for marginalised groups of the population.
Image © United Nations Mission in Nepal – 80-Year-old Nepalese Woman Participates in Historic Elections. Photo Credit: Nayan Tara / United Nations.
1999-2000; Zimbabwe; European Commission
Itad was contracted to undertake this evaluation which aimed to provide orientation in implementation and M&E of the Micro-projects Programme (MPP) as well as guiding the identification and preparation of future programmes.
Image © Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo Credit: Damien_Farrell.
Evaluation of Danida's Bilateral Programme for Enhancement of Research Capacity in Developing Countries
1999-2000; Multi-Country; DANIDA
Itad was contracted by DANDIA for an eight month evaluation of Danida’s bilateral programme for Enhancement of Research Capacity in Developing Countries.
The programme twinned Danish and developing country universities and research institutes through the establishment of research projects.
Image © Danida funded toilets in Parakou. Photo Credit: Peter J. Bury.
2000; Multi-Country; World Bank
Itad, contracted by the World Bank, managed a team to provide the baseline study to an impact evaluation of the Village Level Participatory Approach (VLPA). This included creating the survey and community study methodology and carrying out the baseline survey.
Issues of social capital, the cost-effectiveness of participatory techniques and their impact upon issues of ill-being and well-being were taken into consideration in under-taking this evaluation. This preliminary phase of the evaluation consisted of creating the necessary survey methodology and carrying out the baseline survey …
2000; Switzerland; UNAIDS
Itad developed and operationalised four of UNAIDS evaluation frameworks. The aim was to produce a more simple, robust system that was accessible, accepted and supported by its main users within UNAIDS.
Itad built upon the existing M&E framework, refined and simplified them and suggested tools, systems and procedures that could be easily adapted. Central to this was to promote ownership of the M&E system amongst UNAIDS staff.
The project included close collaboration with staff at UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, involving consultations, discussion and testing sample tools. Outcomes …
2000; British Indian Ocean Territory; Government of British Indian Ocean Territories
Itad was contracted by the Government of British Indian Ocean Territories for a study of the physical, economic, social and environmental feasibility of establishing permanent re-settlement on the Salomons and Peros Banhos atolls by the Ilois.
Itad investigated and assessed the marine bio-diversity, beach and fisheries resources and related maritime and financial issues relevant to the possibility of establishing opportunities for development of a sustainable fishery for both local consumption and possibly export.
The study was …
2000; Tanzania; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to provide M&E expertise for a local Government reform programme.
The Ministry of Local Government commissioned a team to develop an integrated framework for the coordination of local government reforms and those underway in specific service delivery sectors.
With the adoption of the Local Government Amendment Act 1999, all Government stakeholders had undertaken to implement the policy, with the strong support of the donors for the most part. However, problems arose in the implementation of reforms. In response to these problems, the Ministry of Local …
2000; Brazil; DFID
Itad was contracted by DFID to review the performance of Projecto Mamirauá, in Amazonas State, Brazil.
A purpose review was created to examine the links between forest conservation and people’s livelihoods in the project area. Specifically, the progress of the project’s efforts in ecotourism and improvements in water/sanitation were investigated.
The project sought to achieve sustainable development in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, ensuring both economic development for local residents of the reserve and conservation of the reserve’s biodiversity. The area is representative …
2000; Sudan; World Bank
Itad participated in a World Bank Mission and provided desk support to a national poverty survey in Sudan.
The work was undertaken in collaboration with a survey programme required the incorporation of additional data topics in an existing survey programme. Guidance was provided about sample design, sample size and the management and analytical implications of the expanded data set.
Image © Water Supply in Omdurman, Sudan. Photo Credit: Arne Hoel / World Bank
Preparation of a M&E system linked to a computerised management information system for the DBSA's infrastructure programmes
1999; South Africa; Development Bank of South Africa
Itad, contracted by the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), worked with the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) unit to modify loan appraisal and monitoring systems.
The main feature of the approach was to introduce logframe-style results chain analysis and to promote the use of baseline and follow-up socio-economic surveys. Training courses were held for operational staff and managers. The system was designed to be implemented as part of a new computerised management information system.
The development Bank of Southern Africa was implementing a process of …
Itad conducted an assessment of the level of production (area and yield) of the major food producing crops in Malawi. Itad was invited to conduct an assessment of the level of production (area and yield) of the major food producing crops in Malawi as current estimates were apparently overstating production levels.
The study, conducted by a team of four (including a Malawian crop statistics expert), carried out extensive field work in the country. Their work includes a review of the existing methodology being used, preparation of crop estimates for 1998/99 and making recommendations for a new programme of …
Farmer-Research-Extension linkages & the role of civil society organisations in development & dissemination of agri-technology
1998-1999; Western and Central Africa; DFID, Overseas Development Institute
Itad was contracted by DFID and the Overseas Development Institute to coordinate a collaborative study on strengthening research-farmer linkages for improved technology generation and dissemination.
The core focus was the importance of farmers’ organisations and other civil society institutions as intermediaries for farmers to access improved agri-technology. This project was part of a co-funded, Franco-British Initiative to co-ordinate agricultural research on anglophone and francophone countries in West Africa. It involved field studies …
1999; France; DFID
Itad was commissioned directly by DFID’s West and North Africa Department to provide a social and rural development consultant (farmers’ organisation specialist) to represent its senior natural resources advisor.
Image © Harvesting hope after war in the fields of northern Uganda. Photo Credit: Pete Lewis/DFID
1999; Central and West Africa; World Bank
Itad provided a lead researcher (social and rural development specialist) for the World Bank to prepare a number of concise, policy-oriented case studies of linkages between farmers’ organisations and research / extension institutions in West and Central Africa.
Image © Gathering corn. Kenya. Photo Credit: © Curt Carnemark / World Bank.
1999; Tanzania; Government of Tanzania
Itad was contracted by the government of Tanzania to carry out an evaluation of Micro-Projects and of the programme to assess the impact on the target population and on gender issues; the operating capacity of the MMU and to recommend strategies and methodologies for improving the programme for the future.
Since 1993 the Government of Tanzania has been implementing a Micro-projects Programme (MPP) aimed at improving the standard of living of the poorer strata of its population through a series of small-scale grass roots projects.
Image © Women Walking near Mount Meru. Photo …
1999; European Training Foundation
Itad was contracted by the European Training Foundation (ETF) to design and deliver a training programme for (Vocational Education and Training) VET staff. To accompany the training programme, a handbook was prepared covering project management and fundraising skills.
The European Training Foundation (ETF) supports the process of social and economic reform in central and eastern Europe and the NIS through the development and transformation of vocational training schemes. ETF assisted in the strengthening and setting up of VET national observatory bodies in 12 partner countries in the …
1999; South Africa; European Commission
Itad was contracted by the EC to review the European Union funding for an evaluation of sector support for a programme in South Africa’s Northern Province. There was a focus on private sector involvement through a Build-Operate-Train-Transfer contract with large capacity-building component and emphasis on cost recovery.
The programme included over 100 projects distributed throughout the country, some involving physical infrastructure and others capacity-building initiatives, pilot projects or policy studies. Prepared report in EU format, based on a logical framework, with …
1999; Tanzania; World Bank
Itad was contracted by the World Bank for the development of the Core Welfare Indicators Questionnaire (CWIQ) and provided the TA for pilot surveys in Kenya and Ghana.
The survey in Tanzania was piloted in the context of a Tanzania Social Action Fund and the Task Force on Poverty and Welfare Indicators, set up under the auspices of the Poverty Eradication Unit in the Vice President’s office. Additional surveys were undertaken with visits over several years.
The CWIQ was developed as a household survey to measure the effectiveness of the delivery of social services to different population …
1998-1999; Multi-Country; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands, UNCDF
Itad was contracted to undertake an evaluation of the United Nations Capital Development Fund. Itad followed a comprehensively designed plan, aimed at preparing a final evaluation report.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) was established as an autonomous organization within the United Nations system for the purpose of supplementing the sources of capital assistance to developing countries by means of grants and concessional loans. The objective of the Evaluation was to assess UNCDF’s performance in implementing the goals and …
Impact evaluation of DFID's programme to accelerate improved nutrition for the extreme poor in BangladeshFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Lecture to MBA students on managing NGOsFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
DFID: Global evaluation framework agreementFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
AusAID: Monitoring and evaluation frameworkFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Mid-Term Review: Global Development Network knowledge services (GDNet)For further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Ghana Country Study: Research on InfomediariesFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Review of Value for Money and Governance IndicatorsFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Support services to the Agricultural Learning and Impact Network (ALINe)For further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Review of DFID's Governance and Conflict research programme consortia logframesFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Quality assurance of revised DFID Pakistan logframesFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Economics and private sector advisory servicesFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Synthesis of approaches to evaluation of market development programmesFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
M&E support to Global Development Network knowledge services (GDNet)For further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Population Council USA Training of senior staff on Value for Money approachesFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Guest lecturer: Short Course in Impact Evaluation, University of East AngliaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Final Evaluation of the INASP Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERIii)For further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Annual Review of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network's (CDKN) knowledge management activities and deliverablesFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Theory of Change and VFM advice to the Revenue Watch InstituteFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Evaluation of Dutch infrastructure investmentsFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Market development evaluation workshopFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Review of Global Development Network knowledge services (GDNet) network partnershipsFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Evaluation of International Foundation for Science (IFS) scientific equipment grant programme in NigeriaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Theory of Change Workshop for the GSMA farmer helpline initiativeFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Monitoring and evaluation support to TradeMark East AfricaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Development of M&E Toolkit for Global Water Initiative in West AfricaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Study on Potential of Mobile Phones in Investment and Development Projects for FAOFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
AGRA, Country Case Studies on the PASS Value Chain Strategy and its Impact on Smallholder Farmer Yields in AfricaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
EC, Evaluation Framework Contracts - Geographic Cooperation Strategies with ACP Countries/Regions (Lot 3)For further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
EC, Evaluation Framework Contracts - Social/Human Development Issues of EC External Cooperation (Lot 2)For further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Logframe training for DFID Stabilisation Unit planning groupFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Final Evaluation of the Centre for Development and Population Activities' Positive Living Project in Nigeria, USAIDFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Annual Review: DFID Coalitions for Change (C4C) programme, NigeriaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Country-Led Evaluation of the One UN Initiative in VietnamFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
M&E Support to DFID's Protracted Relief Programme (phase 1) in ZimbabweFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Evaluation of UK Ministry of Justice international scholarships schemesFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Stocktaking Study of Agricultural and Rural Development Programmes for FAO in South AsiaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Logframe training for DFID Health Resource CentreFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Sudan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands), Multi Donor Evaluation of Support to conflict prevention and peace building activities in Southern SudanFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Outcome Measurement for Global Water InitiativeFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Danida, Evaluation of Programmatic Approaches to Support for the Environment in Africa, 1996-2009For further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Intranet Development for SPARC in NigeriaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Global Water Initiative Logframe ReviewFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Strategy formulation and funding submission for Global Development Network knowledge services (GDNet)For further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Logframe training for DFID NigeriaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Development of information systems infrastructure for PSHE AssociationFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Planning and M&E advice to the Northern Nigeria Water Governance InitiativeFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Evaluation of DFID's Support to Rural Decentralisation programme in West Bengal, IndiaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
M&E Support to the Global Fund in BotswanaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Results Framework Design for the Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project, World BankFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
OHCHR, Implementation of a System for Monitoring OHCHR's PerformanceFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Facilitation of Workshop on Participatory Approaches to Poverty Reduction in ChinaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
DFID Water Research Into Use StudyFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
DFID Sanitation Scoping StudyFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
M&E Systems Strengthening Review for Global Fund in West AfricaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Results-Based M&E System Design for Mekong River Commission in Lao PDRFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Training of Government of Kosovo Staff in Logframe and Project DesignFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Development of Policy and Legal Guidelines for Cooperative Development in Serbia, UNDPFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
M&E System Design for the Global Water InitiativeFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Institutional Appraisal of the Federal Civil Service Agency (FCSA) in EthiopiaFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Thematic paper on Asset ManagementFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250
Training Course in logframe based Project Cycle ManagementFor further information about this project, please contact Itad on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44 (0) 1273 765250