iREACH

Community Driven Universal Access Solutions in Cambodia : Pilots to Policy Research

Users:

  • Project staff
  • Local committees (boundary partners)
  • Donor and NGO partners (strategic partners)

Uses:

  • Project improvement
  • Mainstream or integrate results with the community plans
  • Engagement and ownership (for boundary partners)
  • Shared common understanding of the project and goals of the project

Key Evaluation Questions:

  1. To what extent did the project bring change (social, economic, cultural, environmental) in the two pilot communities?
  2. To what extent did broader communities adapt and adopt the soft (PDC, GEM, OM-SPEAK) and hard (ICT infrastructure deployed) methodologies?
  3. To what extent, if any, did the project cause gender-related effects in the communities?
  4. To what extent has the project been able to create mechanisms for sustainability?
  5. To what extent has the project contributed evidences to formulate pro-poor ICT policy in Cambodia?

The dominant methodology is OM-SPEAK, supplemented by GEM and MSC in some parts. OM-SPEAK gives us both quantitative and qualitative data in some parts and GEM and MSC will give us in-depth data on certain issues or aspects, i.e. gender, and success stories.

The Next Step: Short and Long Term

  1. To plan and implement your evaluation.
  • Give a short session on MSC as well as give feedback on the ICT4D Workshop to the team.
  • Review and revise, if necessary, the current M & E plan with the team. Agree on the methodology/ies to be used in the evaluation.

 

2. To develop capacities in evaluation in your project and/or organization.

  • Give short session on MSC.
  • Conduct a “dry-run” or pre-test on the tools and methodologies to be used.
  • Seek advise or mentoring from IDRC.

 

3. To document, share and innovate on approaches to evaluate ICT4D.

  • Identify problems encountered during the evaluation and what steps or tools were used to resolve it.
  • Document processes involved and undertaken in the evaluation as well as the reflection on the evaluation activity that was undertaken.
  • Post these reflections in the project blog (www.ireachproject.blogspot.com), and perhaps contribute to the online workspace provided by IDRC.
  • Continue dialog (face to face and virtual) with IDRC POs, as well as other colleagues and workshop facilitators.

Buzz Group – OM
1) General aspects that you find appealing:

  • OM is flexible, and participatory
  • Good in engagement

2) General aspects you find challenging or that are not yet clear:

  • Lack of evaluation capacity and experience
  • New/abstract concepts/framework – language
  • How to encourage reflective thinking – Documentation

3) Pressing questions or comments in relation to if / how the approach may be practically applied in your project context:

  • OM requires a lot of reflective thinking, how do we encourage staff and community to do this?

Buzz Group – MSC

1) General aspects that you find appealing:

  • Simple
  • Participatory villagers involvement to reflect/analyze
  • Compatible with OM Speak, power on change, outcome

2) General aspects you find challenging or that are not yet clear:

  • Asking questions to the story teller
  • Finding right technique to make storytellers tell story

3) Pressing questions or comments in relation to if / how the approach may be practically applied in your project context:

  • Very useful complement to OM Speak but challenge in analyzing stories – Need mentoring

Buzz Group – GEM
1) General aspects that you find appealing:

  • Helps staff understand gender in general
  • Simple and easy methodology to follow (steps)
  • Gender is a very critical issue that needs to be identified, addressed, and documented in the project. GEM flags the gender issue tha need to be raised in the project.

2) General aspects you find challenging or that are not yet clear:

  • Women doing gender issues/problems exist in their homes
  • Staff are mostly male, so this might affect our activities in the communities

3) Pressing questions or comments in relation to if / how the approach may be practically applied in your project context:

  • Need help in integrating gender- specific evaluation questions and indicator to OM-SPEAK
  • Gender awareness workshops in the two communities should be conducted

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