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… OVER 90 PROJECTS ARE FEATURED BELOW

* The Adaptation Fund has invested in ex-post sustainability and resilience training materials (2021-22) and made a commitment to multiple years of sustainability evaluations that are 3-5 years ex-post. The first two pilots of evaluating sustainability and resilience to climate change evaluations are Samoa (2021), Ecuador (2021), and Argentina (2023).

* 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

* 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 (2014)

* The Government of Finland’s Nicaraguan Livestock Development (2013) and Nepal Environmental Administration (2016)

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

* Germany’s GIZ via Humbolt University Mekong Delta Watershed (2014) (unpublished) and GIZ Science Education Indonesia (2013)

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

*Integrity Action Sustainability and Citizen-Centered Accountability (2020) 

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

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

* Japan’s JICA, who we consider the world leader in ex-post evaluation, about 2,500, including 3 years ex-post project evaluation of grants and loans and further monitoring 7 years after. Sectors include agricultural irrigation, watershed management, erosion or water: Cambodia (2017), Morocco (2017), Indonesia (2008), Philippines, and Vietnam. JICA for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Philppines (2017), Infrastructure: VietNam (2017) and Tanzania (2020), and an eval overview. I continue to be impressed with JICA’s candor such as the challenges of ex-post and failures of projects (Sri Lanka 2015). JICA even evaluates climate change support leading to measurable change (VietNam 2019)

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

*  The Government of the Netherlands’ Nicaraguan health (2012), and many ex-posts within 10 Public Infrastructure (2015) and Chronic Crises (2019)

* Norwegian Government’s Kenyan Rural Development (2009) and Roads & Infrastructure for Transport (2015)

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

* OXFAM’s 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)

* UKAid, FSD Africa and SEEP via L-IFT: Long-Term Performance and Evolution of Savings Groups (2019)

*UK’s EveryChild 5-year ex-posts in Cambodia, India, Malawi, and Nepal checking on ‘responsible exits’ (2021)

* 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 (by Cekan) via 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. A new study using contribution analysis is Cambodian Market Development (2016). 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) and Mozambique (2020). Also Timor-Leste Community Governance (2019). USAID also recently funded Long-Term Impact Evaluation Guidance (2018). Cekan of Valuing Voices worked on Mail’s ex-post on unemployed youth (2022). Also civil society evaluation of 3 Serbian projects (2017)

* US CARE, mostly Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) CARE Zanzibar, Uganda (2013), Malawi (2018),  Benin (2019), and CARE, OXFAM, PACT Cambodia, plus other sectoral ex-posts: Zambia Water Trust (2014), Ethiopia Adolescent Girls Economic/ SRH (2017), and Mozambique Climate Resilient Agriculture (2019).

* US Catholic Relief Services CRS/ Ethiopia (2004), CRS/Niger with video in English and French (2015) and CRS Country X (approval pending, 2016), and Uganda SILC with ITAD (2019)

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

* US Lutheran World Relief: Drought resilience with the BMGates Foundation (Niger, 2013)  Cash crop value chain Tanzania (2018) and Cash cooperatives & gender, Nicaragua (2019)

* 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

* US Save the Children Long-term impact evaluation in Ethiopia

* West African Development Bank – ex-post “socio-economic impact evaluation” – no proof other than final eval.

* 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) 

*World Wildlife Fund Ecosystems (sites anonymous) (2020)

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

TOTALS: 39 organizations are sustainability catalysts… 90+ 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, Canada’s CIDA/ Global Affairs, African Development Bank, Sweden and Denmark’s governments, 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!

Inspiring Guidance and Sustainability Leaders

* Adaptation Fund Ex-post Evaluation process and training for sustainability and resilience to climate change (2021) and the first two ex-post evaluations of sustainability and resilience: Samoa and Ecuador (2022, Annexes to the Board document)

* WHO Reproductive Health Ex-post Manual (2019) “The project has ended but we can still learn from it”

* Dr. Eric Sarriot from Save the Children presents at the Quarterly Meeting of the Resource Team of the Scaling-up Community of Practice (CoP) on December 5, 2018.

* JICA’s website of 2,500 ex-posts (ex-post evaluation, and even later ex-post monitoring)

* Valuing Voices Evaluability Checklists

* Valuing Voices Exiting for Sustainability Checklists

* Valuing Voices SEIE guidance

* Cekan/ova SmartHeadTalks Interview (November 2020)

* Engel Jones Episode with Jindra Cekan, PHD (April 2019)

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