Catalysts for Ex-post Learning

Good news: Kudos to these self-Sustainability Catalyst organizations learning from sustained and emerging results of project activities and using mixed methods, including valuing the voices of participant feedback. They are doing this by evaluating, learning, redesigning, funding anew or differently. We have much to learn from their efforts to listen to participants and partners…

* Asian Development Bank post-project synthesis (desk study, 2010) and while no post-project evaluations, they have final evaluations up to 10 years later, e.g. Nepal Hydro project

* Canada’s CIDA desk study on Mali but no fieldwork-based evaluations yet

* EDC Impact of Radio Instruction on Education in Zanzibar (2015)

* European Commission on Transport (to be reviewed) and European Union on Rural Development (2012), Nano-Technologies (2011) and a 2018-discovered treasure trove of ex-posts

* Federation of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent/ Ethiopian Red Cross: Valuing Voices research on sustainability: ERCS Tigray’s Food Security program and blogs on self-sustainability at final evaluation and trade-offs during impact

* Germany’s KfW Bank has mostly desk studies but interesting measures on programs in 11 countries

* Germany’s GIZ & Humbolt University Mekong Delta Watershed (2014) (unpublished)

* GIZ Science Education Indonesia (2013)

* Government of Australia on Stronger Families and DFAT Indonesia’s roads loan/grant project

* Interamerican Development Bank, Social welfare & agriculture in Brazil (2011)

* ILO and Springfield Centre Enterprise Development in Sri Lanka (2020)

* Japan’s JICA, who we consider the world leader in ex-post evaluation, about 200, including agricultural irrigation, watershed management or water: Cambodia (2017)  Morocoo (2017) Philippines and Vietnam. JICA for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Philppines (2017), Infrastructure: VietNam (2017)and an eval overview

*  L-IFT/ SEEP Network Mali and Ugandan Savings Groups a Decade Later (2020)

* Lutheran World Relief: Cash crop value chain Tanzania (2018) and Cash cooperatives & gender, Nicaragua (2019)

* The Government of Nepal and UK Aid (Koshi Hills)

* Norway, Roads & Infrastructure for Transport (2015)

* OECD, 200 evaluations (!) of partner countries, albeit mostly ending research with partners, not participants

* OXFAM Myanmar Resilience (2016)

* Save the Children Ethiopia Child Sponsorship (2020) and a Scoping Guide which includes an evaluability rubric of support and evidence (2018)

* Sweden’s SIDA Oxone Depletion China (2005)

* UN’s IFAD’s Project Performance Evaluations are ex-post (2/3 as desk reviews, 1/3 with fieldwork)

* UN’s WHO Practical Guidance for Conducting Post-Project Evaluations in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (2019)

* USAID Food For Peace’s food security evaluation of Bolivia, Honduras, India, and Kenya in 2015 with the Bolivia Food Security case. USAID/E3 & MSI SCORE Uganda, Food Security for Vulnerable Children (2018). USAID & MSI Ugandan Sustained Outcomes in Primary Education (2018) and ex-post systems synthesis for Ghana, Namibia RSA and Uganda (2018) (Uganda Peacebuilding (2014, to be reviewed. USAID Microlinks Zambia and Cambodia (both 2016). USAID Regional Citizen Engagement and Reconciliation in Thailand (2017). USAID Water/ Sanitation/ Hygiene ex-post series: Madagascar, Indonesia, Ethiopia, India, and Senegal (PEPAM)  (2017-19) and Ghana (2018). USAID has just funded Long-Term Impact Evaluation Guidance (2018)

* US CARE Zanzibar

* US CARE, OXFAM, PACT Cambodia

* US Catholic Relief Services CRS/ Ethiopia (2004), CRS/Niger with video in English and French (2015) and CRS Country X (approval pending, 2016)

* US Inter-American Foundation (part of US Government) – 30 post-project evaluations but summaries only

* US Lutheran World Relief (Niger, 2013)

* US Mercy Corps  MILK Program in Niger and Community Recovery in Central Asia

* US Millenium Challenge and Plan International Girls Education in Burkina Faso (2016) – to be reviewed

* US PACT and Nepal

* US Partners for Democratic Change 

* US Plan International: Kenyan Livelihood Project and one from the Philippines

* US PCI Bolivia and PCI Indonesia on Maternal Child Health with Notre Dame support

* West African Development Bank – 4 projects (Benin, Mali, Senegal)

* World Bank Nigeria Fadama  Livelihoods Project (2014) and two other projects in India and Kenya

* World Vision Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH studies: Ghana, Mali, Niger and Ethiopia including the detailed WASH Ethiopia ex-post technical report (2004), and a Sustainability Learning Brief (2019) and with UNC-Chapel Hill, a WASH Ghana ex-post summary (2016) 

TOTALS: 40 organizations are sustainability catalysts… 30+ post-project sustained outcomes and impacts evaluations in our database and in around 400 publicly available sustainability evaluations with participant in-country worldwide so far (of over 1000 reviewed).

Notably, key international development players are missing any field-based ex-post evaluation: France Development, Norway’s NORAD, UK’s DFID, Canada’s CIDA/ Global Affairs, African Development Bank, among others.

Please contact us if you want to post your ex-post/ post-project or if we can evaluate a new one for you as these are less expensive than you may think!

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