Poverty reduction is the overarching goal of development interventions and impact monitoring can be used to ensure that development interventions and policies are better oriented to the needs of the poor. Good, impact monitoring efforts should help you understand, measure and improve poverty outcomes of development interventions.
Our work on Impact Monitoring relates to three interconnected aspects: (i) Evaluations where we undertake to evaluate the poverty impact of development interventions; (ii) Monitoring where we undertake to monitor project implementation to ensure that poverty objectives are met; and (iii) Methodology Development and Training which use insights from the evaluation and monitoring experiences, to develop new and appropriate tools and methods, and share learning through training programmes.
Some highlights of our work are:
There is a substantial knowledge gap about how research evidence influences policy and practice. In this connection, PIM project is a unique opportunity to unpack and test some of the emerging thinking about what the necessary and effective inputs are that would maximise the likelihood of 3ie (and others’) evaluations having a high likelihood of influencing policy. CEPA is in partnership with ODI (UK), CIPPEC (Argentina) and Comms consult (UK and Zimbabwe) to carry out this global assignment on behalf of 3ie.
Year: 2009 - 2010
Client : US AID/Eco Asia
The analysis of Pro-Poor Service Models for Urban Areas in Sri Lanka was an extension of the Survey on Willingness and Ability to Pay for Pro-Poor Household Water Connections which was funded by US AID/Eco Asia.
In this study CEPA aimed to do a comparative analysis of ongoing models used to provide urban poor with better water supply services. The objective of the study was to assist NWSDB with consolidated knowledge towards improving the applications that addressed the water services of urban poor communities. It compared the performance of the various models and identified key characteristics/strategies that can improve water services to the urban poor. This output was developed in consultation with NWSDB and other relevant stakeholders. The study involved 5 models carried out in Under-served settlements in Colombo and Negombo MC areas.
This project was funded by IDRC Canada, and lead by the CMC. It aimed to contribute to improving the living conditions of a selected underserved settlement in Colombo and its surrounding neighbourhood by increasing access to selected services, reducing environmental burdens, and improving vulnerable living conditions. CEPA was the research and monitoring partner of the project and was responsible for development of the impact monitoring process, documentation, and communicating the learning to targeted audiences. The impact monitoring process used Outcome Mapping methodology and tried to understand behavioural changes through the unfolding relationships, actions and activities between community members and other stakeholders.
CEPA was contracted by ADB to carry out ‘Independent External Monitoring of Resettlement Activities of the Southern Transport Development Project (STDP)’. STDP funded by ADB, JBIC and the Government of Sri Lanka is the first controlled access expressway project to be built in Sri Lanka, covers 128 km from Kottawa to Matara. The objectives of the External Monitoring was to verify if the involuntary resettlement of affected persons were carried out according to the Resettlement Implementation Plan, and if the principles of achieving at least previous levels of livelihood and standards of living had been achieved by the affected persons and communities. As the resettlement component of the project was in its final stages the findings of the External Monitoring was to be used by the project implementer, the RDA-STDP to respond more effectively and equitably to the concerns of APs and address any shortcomings in the implementation of the resettlement plan.
The publication from the study can be downloaded here (S/T/E).
The Climate Change and Development Centre of IDS, together with Christian Aid and Plan International have embarked on a programme titled “Strengthening Climate Resilience” (SCR) that seeks to develop a climate smart approach to disaster risk management framework which integrates perspectives from a range of disciplines such as disaster risk management (DRM), climate change adaptation (CCA), sustainable livelihoods, political economy, technological innovation systems and ecology. This framework is intended to guide both research initiatives and policies, programmes and projects that look to integrate climate issues into disaster and development programming. As a part of gathering evidence from field, CEPA carried out a case study of a Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Project that is funded by Christian Aid and implemented by OFERR, a local NGO, in several sites in the Trincomalee district in Eastern Sri Lanka. The main objective of the case study was to examine to what extent the project integrated Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and livelihoods interventions. It also looked at the influences of the external context (i.e. the conflict, the policy architecture, the institutional support structures) and the challenges and trade-offs the project encountered during its implementation.
HelpAge Sri Lanka (HASL) contracted CEPA to carry out a review of two of its projects – a Project on Tsunami-Affected Older People: Rebuilding Their Lives and Communities funded by DFID and a Project on Realising the Rights of Vulnerable and Marginalised Older People to Access their Entitlements under the Sri Lanka Elders Act funded by the EU. The assignment reviewed the internal coherence of programme theory, identified the project delivery processes used to meet project objectives in terms of their relevance, effectiveness, impact and sustainability and identified gaps and remedial action to improve the processes. The assignment also provided capacity building inputs to HASL staff to improve the monitoring and evaluation system.
Plan is a non-profit child centered community development organization, which has been working in Sri Lanka since 1980. One area of emphasis in Plan’s Country Strategic Plan was providing financial and technical support to its partners for the provision of sustainable financial services to the poor, with a focus on women. The microfinance project commenced in 2008 and was implemented in nine GN Divisions in the Doluwa Divisional Secretariat Division (DSD) and eight estates in Delthota DSD. The partner to Plan in this endeavour was Sarvodaya Economic Enterprise Development Services (Guarantee) Limited (SEEDS). Plan requested CEPA to carry out an evaluation of its programme to understand the effects it has had, especially in the plantation area, and as a means of improving the microfinance programme.
CEPA in partnership with Sewalanka conducted a mid-term rapid assessment of two projects within the USAID Public Private Alliances on Diary Enhancement in the Eastern Province by Land O’ Lakes and Sustainable Agriculture through Commercialisation by Hayleys. The assessment aimed to understand the impacts of the projects in terms of benefit to the farmers and the potential for sustainability beyond the project cycle. A representative quantitative survey tool was used to assess the impacts and the synthesis provided recommendations for the improvement of the current projects and highlighted learning points for the next phase of the project cycle.
CEPA was contracted by the World Bank to design and pilot a third party monitoring of the planning implementation and operation of the Kantale - Trincomalee Section of Ambepussa - Kurunegala-Trincomalee Highway. The assignment designed and facilitated a monitoring process where the users/stakeholders of the road were involved in the process of monitoring by means of identifying and monitoring the benefits/disadvantage of the road. The project will also share experiences of the pilot benefit monitoring exercise with the RDA and help replicate the activity with other road implementation projects.
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has identified the need to restructure primary level health care delivery so that non-communicable diseases (NCD) can be better managed. The new model for health care delivery focuses on the patient and the community, and aims to provide better services for those needing long term care for chronic conditions and to improve health literacy and health seeking behaviour of individuals. For this purpose a pilot initiative was established in 3 districts in Sri Lanka. CEPA was contracted to carry out the baseline assessment of the health care service providers involved in the pilot to gather information for steering the pilots and for directing the scale up. The objective of the baseline assessment is to provide a snapshot of the situation at the inception of a programme, with a view to understand and measure the changes the project generates, at a later date.
This assignment involves a meta-evaluation aimed at capturing the impact of GEF support to Sri Lanka to meet its own environmental and sustainable development objectives as well as its contribution towards global environmental objectives of the GEF. The evaluation matrix uses the OECD DAC criteria of relevance, results/effectiveness and efficiency and looks to evaluate performance and impact by project and focal area (biodiversity, climate change, POPs, Land Degradation and International waters) and contribution to achieving national and global environmental objectives.
The overall objective of the project is to help mainstream impact evaluation in South Asia over a short period of time. In order to do so, the technical assistance will support impact evaluation of selected projects including, Improving Gender-Inclusive Access to Clean and Renewable Energy in Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan think-tank promoting a better understanding of poverty-related development issues. CEPA believes that poverty is an injustice that should be overcome and that overcoming poverty involves changing policies and practices nationally and internationally, as well as working with people in poverty.
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