Year 3 Evaluation of Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development
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, women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, and health and education.
The programme has a strong emphasis on high quality monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and sharing programme information, research, and learnings relevant to Pacific women’s empowerment with all stakeholders. The Pacific Women M&E Framework has been developed for the programme as a whole and provides guidance as to the focus of the external evaluation and the evaluation questions to be used during evaluation processes.
This formative evaluation, implemented by a team of four Itad consultants and one national consultant, is focussed on establishing the extent of progress within the first three years of Pacific Women’s implementation. The purpose of the Year 3 evaluation is to undertake an independent assessment of whether Pacific Women has achieved its first interim objective and to establish the extent to which the programme is tracking toward achieving its intended outcomes (women in leadership and decision-making, women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, and enhancing women’s agency). The evaluation will examine the degree to which the Pacific Women programme model has contributed to increased capacity and resources, strengthened relationships, and supported action in its key result areas.
The evaluation intends to be a learning process that takes stock and identifies gaps and areas for programme improvement. The evaluation provides an opportunity to gather information about partners’ (and where possible beneficiaries’) perspectives on Pacific Women, including its relevance, effectiveness and efficiency. The evaluation is taking place in DFAT HQ in Canberra, in the Fiji-based Support Unit and across four sample countries – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, and Samoa.
Image © A women’s committee on Manono Island, Samoa. Photo Credit: Sally Sitou, AusAID