ISG was selected by Plan Ireland to perform the Final Evaluation of the Education: Quality, Inclusive, Participative (EQuIP) Program.
EQuIP was implemented by Plan Ireland in Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and focused on three elements of the right to education: quality, access, and government. These elements corresponded to the program’s objectives to 1) increase access to education of vulnerable children, especially girls and children with disabilities; and 2) improve learning outcomes for children in target schools. This included ensuring that girls enroll and complete quality primary and secondary education; improving citizens’ active participation in educational decision-making at all levels; and effecting change in policy, funding, and approaches to quality inclusive education at the national level.
ISG used a suite of data collection and analysis tools including document review, a household survey, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and direct observation to evaluate the program. Information gathered from the document review informed further data collection via field visits to Guinea Bissau and Burkina Faso. ISG aimed to provide Plan Ireland and other relevant stakeholders with sufficient information to make an overall independent assessment about the performance of the program as well as identify key lessons to propose practical recommendations for follow-up actions.