Environment Social and economic
development Disaster preparedness
Evaluation of the program "FRAME, VOICE, REPORT!"
CISU – Civil Society in Development, funded by the European Union
May – November 2020
FRAME, VOICE, REPORT! (FVR) is a s a fund for civil society organizations with the objective of strengthening awareness and engagement among EU citizens in relation to the Global Goals. FVR has financed DEAR actions (Development Education and Awareness Raising) of European civil society organizations in order to raise awareness and increase engagement of EU citizens in the efforts towards realizing the SDGs with a special focus on gender, migration and climate change. The program is implemented in Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy and the Netherlands.lessmore
The evaluation is conducted for both accountability and learning purposes. Scope covers assessment against the OECD/DAC criteria, assessment of relevance of the action to the DEAR programme and specifically of sub-granting as a specific Lot in relation to the overall DEAR programme and objectives. Recommendations will serve as guidance for possible future joint sub-granting programmes in the partnership as well as for partners’ other ways of sub-granting DEAR activities. Primary users are Frame, Voice, Report (FVC) partners, the EC and the DEAR support team. Secondary users include beneficiaries, like-minded organizations, CSO networks and relevant authorities. The evaluation covers the current implementation period from the start of the program in 2018 and all 7 implementation countries / regions. Data collection methods include desk study, key informant interviews, National Learning Events with grantees, case studies, key stakeholder meetings, observations.
Slovakia Business for Development Cooperation / Rozvojmajstri: Project Review
UNDP, Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, Istanbul Regional Hub
February – March 2020
The project aimed to increase the involvement of Slovak private sector in international financial institutions (IFIs) and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) projects/tenders and increase their capacity for active engagement in development cooperation.lessmore
Consultancy services encompass: Taking stock of lessons learnt and experiences so far; analyzing Rozvojmajstri performance; assessing the achieved results, their impact and sustainability for Slovak businesses; assessing to what extent the project succeeded in reaching out to Slovak companies (particularly SMEs) and in offering services which are relevant for the Slovak companies; identifying areas for improvement as well as those that can be reinforced to amplify their success; reflecting on the projects' relevance and future opportunities as a leading inclusive business platform, taking in to account the size and the structure of the market. Findings and recommendations of the review will inform the Project Board, the UNDP project team, interested private sector actors and the international development community about the project´s achievements, help to assess the appropriateness of the selected approach, validate Rozvojmajstri key assets and point out lacunae of missed opportunities for future planning and implementation.
Monitoring and Evaluation of the FIT FOR LIFE II Project
Dobrovolnické centrum, z. s., funded by the EU OPE
August 2019 – July 2021
The project aims to improve employability of youth in the age group 15 - 30 years with low education by improving their qualification and motivation. It is implemented in Ústí nad Labem by Dobrovolnické centrum, z. s. and funded from EU OPE. Key activities include assessment of individual needs, individually tailored professional support and internship in Germany.lessmore
4G eval supports the setting up and implementing of the monitoring and evaluation system. This includes the preparation of a monitoring and evaluation plan with tools for data gathering and evaluation matrix, implementation support with baseline, mid-term and final evaluations as well as with the use of the monitoring system and preparing illustrative case studies. Information from evaluations and monitoring informs the management and planning of project activities and will be considered by the formulation of future similar interventions.
Monitoring and Evaluation of the - Prevention Program FIT FOR LIFE in Usti nad Labem for endangered young people 15+
Dobrovolnické centrum, z. s.
June 2019 – December 2020
The Prevention Program “Fit for Life” aims to decrease criminogenic behavior of youth in the age group 15 – 26 years by increasing their resistance to socio-pathological behavior and increasing their social integration. The project is implemented by an NGO Dobrovolnické centrum, z. s. supported by an interdisciplinary preventive team.lessmore
4G eval provides support with setting up the monitoring and evaluation system. This included baseline survey, formulation of the Theory of Change and evaluation matrix, design of monitoring tools. Mid-term evaluation will provide assessment of efficiency and of implementation progress in relation to the program’s purpose, objectives, outputs and activities. Recommendations will inform possible modifications of the Theory of Change and revision of assumptions and risks. Final evaluation will focus on the assessment of results, lessons learned, examples of good practice. Close involvement of and consultations with the implementing NGO contribute to the usefulness of monitoring tools and recommendations.
Evaluation of the Czech Development Cooperation Program Temporary Expert Assignment
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
April – October 2019
The aim of the program is to support the institutional capacity and development of legal framework in partner countries thru sharing transformation experience of the Czech Republic. Focus is on thematic areas consistent with the priorities of partner countries as reflected in the respective development cooperation programs.lessmore
The main purpose of the evaluation is to obtain independent, objective and consistent findings, conclusions and recommendations for decisions making by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Czech Development Agency and other actors, about the future orientation and implementation of the Development Cooperation of the Czech Republic considering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and The Development Cooperation Strategy of the Czech Republic for the period 2018 - 2030.
The evaluation approach is compliant with Czech and international criteria and professional norms and standards. It is performed in accordance with the internationally recognized OECD/DAC criteria with emphasis on recommendations related to systems and processes, including systemic recommendations related to implementation of evaluations. Cross-cutting principles of the Czech Republic Development Cooperation (Good governance, Environment and sustainable development, Human rights and Gender equity.
Assessment of Predefined Projects financed from the Funds of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Norway 2014 - 2021 – II
Ministry of Finance, Czech Republic
April 2019 – December 2020
In the Czech Republic grants are allocated mainly to projects in the areas of research and innovation, environmental protection, cultural heritage and cultural cooperation, public health, education and cooperation in justice. Great emphasis is given on human rights, the inclusion of Roma and the development of civil society.lessmore
Tasks include: Drafting assessment form and checklist, assessing proposals and preparing experts’ reports for some 20 predefined projects, assessing and reviewing submitted additional information, processing the grant application review and participation in meetings with the Applicant and Client.
The assessments encompass: Verification whether the project under consideration fulfills and is consistent with the set parameters. Assessment of the logical framework including indicators, assumptions and risks and of the activity plan. Assessing the appropriateness of the required funding to the objectives and content of the project, implementation capacities, relevance, anticipated benefits. Assessment of publicity as per requirements of the EEA and Norway of risks and mitigation measures, consistency with regulatory framework as well as of economic, institutional and legal sustainability. Identification of possible conditions for grant allocation.
Global Consultative Processes on Migration (Report)
Institute of Informatics and Development (IID)
January – February 2019
The aim of this project was to publish a comprehensive analysis of public policy processes related to human rights of migrants. With this approach, IID is working with a consortium of development partners to improve the transparency and accountability of the migration process by advocating for the implementation of evidence-based and participatory migration.lessmore
The report analyzed the historical background and elements that underlie the rapid evolution of Global Consultative Processes (GCPs), and sought to explain the main reasons for the expansion of GCPs across most regions of the world.
Evaluation of the project Sustainable cities and municipalities for development II
Caritas Czech Republic, funded by the Czech Development Agency
November – December 2019
The project funded by the Czech Development Agency is implemented by Caritas CZ in cooperation with the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic. The project follows on previous interventions in support of the implementation of Agenda 2030 by increasing capacities of municipalities and local self-governments to prepare and to implement, in cooperation with local organizations and citizens, globally responsible activities relevant to their specific context and needs.lessmore
The evaluation focused on efficiency of project processes and procedures (process evaluation), assessment of relevance and usefulness for the 10 participating municipalities and local administrations, and the likelihood of sustainability of the project results. Recommendations inform the planning of future interventions addressing sustainable development goals.
Evaluation of the project Economic Empowerment, Zambia
Diaconia of the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren (DECCB)
November 2018 – February 2019
The project, implemented between 2016-2018, was co-funded under the Czech Trilateral development cooperation instrument to complement funds provided by the Joint Country Program comprised of Norwegian Church Aid, DanChurch Aid and Christian Aid UK. The project aimed to improve the position of women in Zambian society and to contribute to their financial independence by supporting the creation of small businesses generating profits.lessmore
The evaluation assessed the project against the OECD DAC evaluation criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency impacts and sustainability). Particular attention was paid to project management and organization, targeting and impacts on intended beneficiaries.
Organization of 4 one-week-long seminars to strengthen civil society and trust among civil society and Ukrainian security services
October – November 2018
The main aim of this project was to support the development of the Ukrainian civil society with emphasis on trust-building with the police. The secondary aim is the encouragement of an assertive approach of citizens towards government institutions.lessmore
Engagement in this project required gender sensitization in the field. This involved: presentation on gender-based violence and crime management in 12 project locations to local civil society, police and students. Radio broadcasts about the same issue. Promoting ties between civil society and police by helping to organize common interactive learning sessions with the participation of local civil society. The Gender Equality Expert also spoke on the local radio in the Luhansk region about gender-based violence. Other activities included monitoring of the security situation in the Luhansk and Donetsk region along the war line. Participating in meetings with relevant key officials from the local and central government and security representatives. Gathering of data to inform the project reporting.
Rural Water SupRural Water Supply and Sanitation Project: The Preparation of Feasibility Study (FS), Detailed Engineering Design and Tender Documents, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Financial Management Technical Assistance
State Unitary Enterprise Khojagii Manziliyu Kommunali (KMK), funded by the World Bank
Implemented in association with SWECO Hydroprojekt a.s.
July 2018 – December 2019
The Project aims to improve the current situation in the water supply and sanitation sector, with focus on nine districts in the Khatlon region. The areas covered by the Feasibility Study included Vakhsh inter-district water supply system, Vose District and Danghara – Temur Malik area. Vose District has been selected for the Detailed Design.lessmore
4G eval provided the services of International Social Expert, International Environmental Expert, local Legal Expert and Local Coordinator. Services included coordination at the local level and contributions to the Feasibility Study (Environmental and Social Analysis) to the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF), the Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) and to the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP). The latter included monitoring plans for each project zone, institutional arrangements and responsibilities, human resources required for implementation, capacity building and training needs, reporting arrangements and modalities, monthly compliance checklist and report format, proposed disclosure procedure and arrangements and cost of ESMP implementation.
Osh Water Supply and Wastewater Rehabilitation Project – Phase II – Corporate Development, Stakeholder Participation and City Support Programmes
Implemented in association with GMCS a.s. (lead company)
June 2018 – December 2019
The project aims to rehabilitate the water supply and wastewater systems and to improve financial and operational management of the Osh City Vodokanal. The Corporate Development, Stakeholder Participation and City Support Programs aim to support further institutional strengthening in the form of operational and financial improvements to secure sustainability of the water utilities, implement a Stakeholder Participation Programme and the City Support Programme including Social Support Programme development.lessmore
Consultancy services include development of the Social Support Programme including affordability analysis, financial models with extrapolation under 8 different scenarios to estimate budgets for income based social measures as well as recommendations for tariff based measures, capacity building in affordability analysis and methodology as well as implementation support during piloting, addressing sustainability issues and extending the support to the whole city.
Nurek Water and Wastewater Project, Corporate Development, Social Support and Stakeholder Participation Programme
Implemented in association with Sachsen Wasser GmbH
July 2017 – March 2020
The Water Supply Company of the city of Nurek was established and started to operate as an independent business entity in 2014. The Company provides water supply and wastewater treatment services to the city as well as to parts of two adjacent districts. The project complements the rehabilitation of the water supply system and selected wastewater improvements and aims at improving billing and collection efficiency and financial and operational management, leading to the ultimate reduction in operating and maintenance costs for water supply and reducing wastage of water. It encompasses institution building assistance to the Company in the form of a Corporate Development Programme, Social Support Programme, and a Stakeholder Participation Programme.lessmore
Consultancy services focus on supporting the service provider and the city with: Establishing and mainstreaming environmental management processes and management systems compliant with relevant standards and procedures. Developing effective social protection measures for households unable to pay tariffs. Facilitating inclusive dialogue between the service provider, clients and other relevant parties. Raising awareness on issues related to water supply and sanitation and encouraging transparency. Identifying opportunities aimed at promoting equal access to employment and skills.
Tajik Water II – City of Khorog - Corporate Development and City Support Programmes
Implemented in association with Sachsen Wasser GmbH
March 2017 – November 2019
The city of Khorog has a population of about 30,000 and is located in the mountainous eastern part of Tajikistan in the Pamir Mountains. Water supply and sanitation services are provided by the Khorog Water Company. The objective of this project is to assist the Company to further improve its institutional development, building on the improvements made in a previous phase. The project consists of three parts: Part I – Continued Corporate Development Programme; Part II – Stakeholder Participation Programme; and Part III – Continued City Support Programme.lessmore
Consultancy services encompass: (i) Support with the preparation and implementation of Gender and Equal Opportunities Plan: Review of equal opportunities and gender issues to be addressed within the Company as well as in service provision. Formulating Gender and Equal Opportunities Plan; support with the implementation of agreed measures. (ii) Support in environmental management: Review of the existing Environmental Action Plan (EAP) and environmental management system; identification of areas for improvement; establishing awareness of environmental responsibility; recommendations for improvements and for further development of the EAP. Implementation support of the updated EAP. (iii) Support the Company and the City in the planning and implementation of the Stakeholders’ Participation Programme aimed at enhancing public ownership by encouraging water conservation, increasing public participation in the provision of water and wastewater services (service quality, rehabilitation activities, tariffs integrating poverty and social issues) and raising public awareness on issues related to the project implementation and water use.
Green Cities Action Plan, Tbilisi
EBRD/Tbilisi City Hall
Implemented in association with ENVIROS s.r.o.
November 2016 – December 2017
Major environmental concerns for cities range from the quality of air and traffic congestion to pressure on limited green space, land and water resources. Urban activities, and how they are organized deeply affect the environment, and the overall quality of life of urban populations. For the sustainable development of green cities, it is critical to recognize the relationship between environmental aspects and economic and social issues. As a part of the Green Cities Initiative, the Bank together with the OECD and ICLEI prepared a methodology for the development of Green City Action Plan (GCAP). The Methodology is designed to guide a City through 4 main steps of the development and implementation of a GCAP – from establishing a Green City Baseline, developing a vision, preparing the GCAP, implementing the actions and reviewing progress. The objective of this project is to apply the Methodology and assist the City of Tbilisi in developing and adopting a Green City Action Plan.lessmore
Consultancy services encompass: Preparing the first full draft of GCAP based on inputs from all four steps of the Plan’s development; incorporating amendments by the Client. Preparing draft public presentation, assisting with the preparation and implementation of the presentation. Assisting the Client in preparing a presentation of the draft Council resolution on the GCAP at the Council meeting. Preparing plan for monitoring the implementation of and progress on selected key measures based on Green City Indicators. Organizing three one-day training and capacity building workshops for City officials.
Evaluation of the Chuko Food Security Project, Ethiopia
Diaconia Czech Republic
August 2015 – January 2016
The project supported some 14,600 households in improving food security by increasing and diversifying crop and livestock farming, improving access to water and sanitation and supporting income generating activities.lessmore
The evaluation assessed achievement of results, sustainability, shared responsibility and accountability, appropriateness of design and resource allocation for the individual components as well as for the project as a whole. Lessons learned will provide guidance for decisions on continuation of support as well as on processes and implementation mechanism.
Evaluation of two completed projects in the social sector, Mongolia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
May – September 2012
The evaluation covered two projects: Socioeconomic Stabilization of Geographically and Socially Excluded Communities, Mongolia (2008 – 2010) and Preparation and Launch of Study Programme Social Work, Ulánbátar (2006 – 2010). Both projects were funded under the Czech development cooperation and implemented by Caritas CZ. The project Socioeconomic Stabilisation of Geographically and Socially Excluded Communities aimed at contributing to socio-economic stabilization of rural, isolated communities of Bulgan aimak and at decreasing the incidence of social pathological behavior resulting from inadequate contact of small children with their families by providing mobile education to drop outs, pre-school and handicapped children and training to social workers. The Study Programme Social Work aimed at improving the quality of education of social workers and of the social services.lessmore
The principal purpose of the evaluation was to obtain objective information to be used by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA CZ) in cooperation with the Czech Development Agency (CZDA) for decision-making on the perspective and future focus of Czech development cooperation in the social and related sectors in Mongolia. Particular attention was paid to sustainability and replicability of results.
Evaluation of Small and Medium Sources of Energy and Related Distribution Networks in Selected Areas of Palestine
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
May – September 2012
The project implemented between 2006 – 2011 aimed to contribute to the improvement of economic and social situation of local population and to the economic development in Tubas and Jenin governorates by modernizing and extending electricity supply in the respective areas. The evaluation covered the OECD DAC criteria with focus on sustainability of positive outcomes.lessmore
The main purpose of the evaluation was to obtain objectively, well-founded information that can be used for decision making by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (MFA CZ) in cooperation with the Czech Development Agency (CZDA) about the overall perspective and future direction CZ DC in Palestine with respect to production and supply of energy and related sectors.