Program Update | EAST AFRICA

Resilience Partners Design New Impact Evaluation for Programs Operating in Northern Kenya

Greg Collins addresses the partners during the Northern Kenya Impact Evaluation Planning Workshop. Photo credit: Africa Lead

Africa Lead facilitated the Northern Kenya Impact Evaluation and Planning Workshop on 7 December 2017, at the Lord Erroll restaurant in Nairobi. Fifty participants, including the Director of USAID’s Center for Resilience in Washington DC, Greg Collins, USAID staff, and Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG) partners, attended the one-day workshop. Tim Frankenberger, President of TANGO (Technical Assistance for NGOs) International, was the lead facilitator for the workshop.

The purpose of the workshop was to create and foster buy-in and co-ownership by PREG partners of an impact evaluation from design, implementation, and evidence perspectives. Presentations and discussions provided the background of the impact evaluation of programming in Northern Kenya, findings from the impact evaluation design 1.0, and rationale for an impact evaluation design 2.0. While the first evaluation measured the resilience of pastoralists to drought and other shocks and stresses, the design failed to capture change between the baseline and the interim stages, leading to the need for impact evaluation 2.0

Participants provided input on the design of impact evaluation 2.0, feedback on the content of resilience modules, experiences in various shocks and stresses, and advantages of resilience management systems. Moving forward, TANGO will revise the questionnaire for the impact evaluation 2.0 design and consider feedback and input from the partners. TANGO will conduct the impact evaluation, analyze the results, and write a final report in late 2018.

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