LIRNEasia

Learning Initiatives for Network Economies in Asia -LIRNEasia

Users:

  • Core Organisation
  • Funders
  • Like minded organisations
  • Research associates

Uses:

  • To improve programme/organization
  • Assessing our work against predefined objectives
  • Generating and sharing knowledge

Key evaluation questions:

  • To what extent and how has the programme approached influencing policy, practices, ideas, beliefs and attitudes of the national regulatory players and operators?
  • To what extent have the LIRNEasia research findings were used by the end users and how do men and women use them?
  • To what extent and how CPRSouth has resulted in bringing ICT policy related capacity among men and women academics in the Asia Pacific region?
  • To what extent LIRNEasia addresses its Mandate?
  • To what extent LIRNEasia has been able to build mutually productive partnerships?

Methodologies:

Outcome Mapping (OM) integrated with Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) plus Most Significant Change (MSC).

Rationale:

  • There is a significant variation in the level of sub projects. So the same evaluation methodology for each sub project might not be a logical choice. So some projects might deviate, but in general OM will be the key methodology. GEM will be integrated to OM, because running GEM separately will consume more time and energy and given the nature of the projects, it might not be a productive approach.
  • At the same time MSC will be sued because there will be many unexpected outcomes which OM might not be able to present.

Next Steps:

  • LIRNEasia (Cw) will complete the evaluation on Phase I using the suggested methodology.
  • LIRNEasia (Cw) will devise a plan based on the same methodologies for the Phase II.
  • Cw will share the lessons with the rest of LIRNEasia staff.
  • I would like to network with IDRC or IDRC partners working on evaluation methodologies. (through web space or other methods)

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

  • Provides feedback for improvement
  • Phased progress markers
  • Participatory process – Bigger picture focus

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

  • Correct identification/definition of boundary partners?
  • Changing goals: how to redefine?
  • How it affects stakeholders?

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

  • How we identify/define boundary partners in each 5 sub-projects (as they are very different from each other)?
  • How to develop outcome journals in each 5 sub-projects?
  • How much time and effort we should give for baseline situational analysis?

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

  • Story telling approach appeal even to laymen
  • Easily workable in conjunction with other methods

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

  • Not applicable to every project at the same level
  • More qualitative than quantitative
  • Largely based on perceptions how we know these perceptions always correct?

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

  • Can easily applicable to agriculture related to CPR south projects
  • To some extent we already practice this through our blog

Buzz Group – GEM

1) General aspects that you find appealing:

  • Takes gender issues into account which are not apparent in other methods

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

  • Whether we need to take GEM separately or can it be done as part of OM & MSC
  • Whether there should be a gender analysis for every subproject

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

  • Level of applicability is different across sub projects
  • Can be applied teleuse@BOP CPR south and agricultural related subprojects
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