By Line Kaspersen
It is common practice to have stakeholder workshops when projects close; to validate project completion report findings and communicate them to stakeholders. In Uganda we are trying something new; as part of the increased corporate focus on impact evaluations, a team of 4 statisticians have come to support the Community Agricultural Infrastructure Improvement Programme (CAIIP-1) Project Facilitation Team (PFT) to ensure high quality on the other hand. On the other hand, IFAD will be able to develop technical concept notes on how best to analyse the impact of infrastructural projects. For CAIIP-1 we will produce a vigorous impact assessment of this successful project!
What is happening is that several different activities are on-going:
- A Results Impact Monitoring System (RIMS) study
- An impact evaluation study
- A Project Completion Report - PCR
- Updating M&E databases – PFT
- Harmonize the objectives and TORs of each consultancy firm (could one firm focus on community questionnaires and one on households?)
- Develop a common sampling methodology prior to data collection (first we need to discuss which control-groups are valid? What do we do when we don’t have a baseline?)
- Agree on the theory of change - what exactly we mean by impact? And on who?
- Review the available documentation and understand it well
- Technical support for data collection – developing questionnaires and training enumerators
- Bringing in external data-sources and GIS resources
- Specific cost-benefit analysis expertise
- Support for coordination of the parties