Evaluation Projects

Evaluation of the Project “Transforming Territories” developed by Rimisp in Chile, Colombia and Mexico

  • Funder/Sponsor: International Development Research Centre (IDRC); Rimisp – Latin American Center for Rural Development
  • Dates: August – December 2018

The scope of this review, carried out by Politics & Ideas, was the Project “Transforming Territories”, consisting of an IDRC grant, along with related donations grants form IFAD, Ford Foundation, governments of Chile, Colombia and Mexico, and other pubic co-funding. The general objective of the Program was to support policies and programs that create greater opportunities and improve the well-being for approximately 900,000 women and men in rural-urban territories of Chile, Colombia and Mexico. The objective of this evaluation was to evaluate the results achieved by the Program, in the 2016-2018 period, analysing the scope and relevance of the impact of the program on the public policies of the countries in which it has a presence. The evaluation included the review of the four main components of the Program: contribution to large-sale policies and policy developments, assessment of the capacity to generate practical solutions to support policy makers implement projects, review of applied research capacity, and assessment of Rimisp’s capacity to develop a sustainable model for the organsiation. This evaluation built on three previous evaluation of Rimisp’s large-scale and multi country programmes also conducted by Politics & ideas.


External Review of the Rimisp Territorial Cohesion for Development (CTD) Program

  • Funder/Sponsor: International Development Research Centre (IDRC); Rimisp – Latin American Center for Rural Development
  • Dates: August – December 2018
  • Partners: Stephen Vosti (University of California, Davis)

The general objective of the CTD program was to contribute to the design and implementation of more comprehensive, cross-cutting and effective public policies that will stimulate and support rural territorial dynamics. The evaluation focused on the following dimensions: scientific contributions, policy influence, and organizational development. More specifically, the following issues were addressed: the quantity and quality of contributions made to the state of knowledge about rural development; policy changes, policies being considered for change/adoption, and any modifications to policy change mechanisms in the region as a result of the Rimisp-CTD program; as well as the level of adherence and engagement in territorial cohesion by influential public leaders and private sector leaders; and changes to the organizational structure and performance of Rimisp that are attributable to the Rimisp-CTD program.


Developing MEL strategies for think tanks in Ukraine

  • Funder/Sponsor: OSI and the Renaissance Foundation
  • Dates: August 2014 – October 2017

Vanesa Weyrauch helped six think tanks in Ukraine to develop a comprehensive MEL strategy and plan to monitor and evaluate their organizational plans. The work included reviewing and commenting their plans, and improving them with a clear definition of objectives, outcomes and outputs, using tools like theory of change. Then, think tanks developed draft versions of the MEL strategy which were commented and enriched through interactions with the consultant.


Review of the Think Tank Initiative’s Phase 1 Capacity Development Component

  • Funder/Sponsor: Think Tank Initiative (IDRC)
  • Dates: July – September 2014

 The assignment had two main objectives: to scan the support available to policy research institutions outside of TTI and its grantees, in order to identify new approaches, modalities, or programming areas, and develop concrete recommendations for an is integrated and holistic capacity development approach, which also considers the provision of tailored support to grantees based on their expressed needs. After conducting more than 40 interviews with TTI staff, TTI grantees, TTI mentors and facilitators, and experts in capacity development, Politics & Ideas submitted a report with the main findings from the review of Phase 1 and the scan of external CD programming, and a set of strategic recommendations for Phase 2.


Development of a methodology to evaluate Rimisp’s (Chilean think tank) initiatives

  • Funder/Sponsor: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Dates: 2013
  • Partners: Rimisp

Vanesa Weyrauch of Politics & Ideas helped Rimisp develop an evaluation methodology, called “Links of policy influence”, aimed at understanding the influence of Rimisp’s work in three policy areas: stakeholders, policies and their processes. At the same time, Leandro Echt, Associate of Politics & Ideas, conducted an evaluation of Rimisp’s Rural Dialogue Groups initiatives in Colombia a first pilot of the methodology.

Article: How to analyze the results of policy influencing: lessons from a new method under construction


Development of an M&E methodology to monitor and evaluate the policy impact of Save the Children UK’s EVERY ONE campaign

  • Funder/Sponsor: Save the Children
  • Dates: December 2010 – June 2011
  • Partners: CIPPEC

In partnership with CIPPEC, our team has supported Save the Children/UK in the development of a flexible learning methodology to monitor and evaluate the contribution of the organization’s actions under the EVERY ONE campaign to particular changes in policy or the policy environment at national, regional or global levels. The project included a diagnosis of SC/UK approach to policy influencing and existing methodologies for measurement of policy influencing used in developing and developed country contexts; the presentation and validation of the diagnosis; the development and participatory validation of a methodology for M&E of policy influencing, considering its viability and adaptability to diverse regions/levels; a pilot in London and in India’s office; the drafting of guidelines and toolkit for M&E of policy influencing for use by country programmes; the coordination of an M&E workshop with key head office and regional staff in India; and the production of a final report including lessons learned and recommendations about next steps to further roll out the M&E methodology in other priority country offices and SC/UK related programmes.


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