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Evaluation of Capacity Development Initiatives

Evaluation of Capacity Development Initiatives

Client:
UNICEF – MALAYSIA COUNTRY OFFICE

Intervention domain:

  • Evaluation
  • Capacity Development Response
  • Assessing for Results (A4R)

Narrative description of the project

The UNICEF Malaysia Country Office contracted IDEA international to conduct an independent summative and formative evaluation of capacity development initiatives conducted by UNICEF Malaysia from 2011 until 2015. Forty initiatives were implemented, including capacity development activities, including trainings, workshops, conferences and studies, in particular in the areas of social policy, education, child protection, corporate social responsibility, communication for development, and planning, monitoring and evaluation, to address capacity limits of individual staff, key institutions from the public sector, NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector, as well as contributing to a better enabling environment.
The backbone of the data collection and analysis strategy was a methodological process called Assessing for Results (A4R®) which is a structured, participatory, and rapid evaluation approach combining qualitative and quantitative methods. The master questionnaire of the A4R® process was administered in 7 versions, adapted in terms of content to the role and knowledge of various respondents as well as to the format of data collection, i.e. in: 1) individual in-depth interviews of actors in 9 purposively sampled capacity development activities; 2) in-depth interviews with relevant stakeholders from the Central Government and the Government of Sabah; 3) an online survey of beneficiaries of 6 of those case studies; 4) one workshop with UNICEF and partners in Sabah; 5) one workshop with UNICEF and partners in Sarawak; 6) one workshop in Kuala-Lumpur with the UNICEF Country Management Team, and 7) one workshop in Kuala Lumpur with UNICEF and partners. This was completed by a desk review of relevant documentation and an analysis of financial data to assess cost-effectiveness.
The quality control was conducted in partnership with the project manager and the support from the Malaysia Country Office team and of a Reference Group. Several validation meetings were conducted at key milestones.