International Solutions Group has been selected to undertake an evaluation of GOAL’s four-year (2012-2015) multi-sectoral and multi-country program funded by Irish Aid.
This Irish Aid Programme Fund (IAPF) is a multi-annual grant which is designed for allocation to longer-term development programming and has a strong focus on performance and achieving results for poor and vulnerable households and communities.
The GOAL IAPF program (€50 million) aimed to contribute to poverty and vulnerability reduction through multi-sectoral integrated programs, focusing on health, livelihoods, and children’s empowerment and protection interventions across nine countries: Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
The evaluation aims to provide GOAL and its key donor, Irish Aid, with an independent, evidence-based assessment of the outcomes/impact of the programme and to identify lessons learned to help inform future programming. The evaluation will also inform a meta-analysis that Irish Aid will conduct in 2016 to assess the impact of its programme funding scheme.
Split into two phases, the evaluation will first carry out an extensive review of documentation related to the performance of programmes supported with IAPF funding as well as initial interviews with key informants. Following this, the evaluation team will conduct field visits to Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe to validate, or otherwise, the evidence arising from the review of documentation and initial interviews.