Transforming a lizard into cow

Child-Led Evaluation in Zimbabwe PPA programme

Laura Hughston | Plan International | 2016

Transforming a lizard into cow

In 2011 Plan International UK secured a Programme Partnership Agreement (PPA) with the Department for International Development (DFID). This strategic funding has been used to develop the Building Skills for Life Programme. The programme seeks to empower adolescent girls and address the unique challenges they face in accessing quality education across seven countries: Cambodia, Mali, Malawi, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

After three years of programming, in May 2014 a new Outcome Monitoring System (OMS) was developed for the PPA programme. OMS combines quantitative with qualitative data sourced from all the programme’s stakeholders on all the factors identified as key barriers to adolescent girls’ education. The inclusion of more child-centred methodologies for collecting data is a key feature of OMS, which has helped to lay the foundations for piloting child-led evaluations (CLE) in three of the participating countries: Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Kenya. This report presents the methodology and findings from the second of these CLE pilots. This experience took place in Zimbabwe where the programme’s progress was assessed against the five DAC evaluation criteria, with the addition of equity.

The is the second report in a series of three evaluations completely led by children for this multi-sectoral programme working to reduce barriers to adolescent girls’ education and focussing gender norms, economic empowerment, violence, governance and SRHR.

Executive summary [pdf, 6 pp.]

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