MDF evaluated the SUSTAIN-Africa to give an independent assessment of performance and recommendations on the design of a prospective second 5-year phase that ran from 2014 to 2018. (DGIS).
What type of programme did we evaluate?
What made our evaluation meaningful?
MDF started building a Theory of Change through which became the analytical framework to evaluate the expected outcomes and changes. Early indicators of change in the program setting were collected through desk review, key informant interviews, and case studies as part of outcome harvesting.
Visits to representative project sites in Tanzania and Mozambique provided insight into how IGG theories were perceived and applied, and how learning was elicited. Key informant interviews with public and private sector implementers, partners, and stakeholders obtained perspectives on the organisation, implementation, and outcomes, while focus group talks with beneficiaries provided comments on interactions and experiences with SUSTAIN. We triangulated results to improve the trustworthiness of conclusions by using complementary data collection methods.
How is it impactful?
After the country missions, we shared high-level views with IUCN, ADPP, and AWF personnel in Tanzania and Mozambique. We held a sense-making session to discuss preliminary observations with IUCN headquarters staff in Switzerland, and with ministry staff in the Hague.
The findings were reported in the final report, which also included a clear and practical set of suggestions for the programme's second phase.