2019 was a great year for NCG in relation to Sida Evaluation Framework Agreement. In a period of 4 months NCG was awarded six assignments within this framework. 

Won assignments: 

Mid-term Evaluation of the Power of Africa Initiative at Sida
The main focus of the mid-term evaluation is the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the PAP so far. However, the capacity of the project to capture impact and sustainability at time of completion should also be adressed. The objectives of the evalation are to:

  • Evaluate the relevance, cost efficiency, and effectiveness of the PAP project to date, in relation to its set targets
  • Contribute to reflection and learning among Sida staff during the evalution process
  • Generate lessons learned and recommendations for Sida and implementing partners to inform the continuation of the PAP, including with regards to its impact and sustainability
  • Generate lessons learnt and potential recommendations for application of working approach and methodologies/instruments used in PAP that are relevant for other thematic areas within Sida beyond renewable energy.

The assignment will be implemented by NCG Denmark alone.

End of project evaluation of the one UN-SRHR for girls and young women in Mozambique - Rapariga Biz Program, 2016-2019
The evaluation will cover the period May 1st 2016 - June 30th 2019. Part of the scope is an analysis of the organization of the program and its various interactions with other donors. The main objectives of this evaluation are to:

  • help the donors (The Embassy of Sweden, Canadian High Comission and DFID) and their partners; UN Agencies (UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNWOMEN) and the Government of Mozambique to assess progress of the ongoing Rapariga Biz Program to understand what is working well in the implementation of the project and the challenges being faced, in order to inform decisons on how project implementation may be adjusted and/or improved
  • use the results of the evaluation to plan the next phase of the programme
  • advise on changes needed in the program guidelines and in the general functioning of the programme

The assignment will be implemented in collaboration with consortium partners, Oxford Policy Management UK (OPM) and Triple Line UK. 

Evaluation of "Support to Serbian Municipalities on the Road to EU Accession"
The main purpose of the evaluation is to assess the contribution and added value of the partnership as well as identify potential adjustments and reinforcements that could strengthen the partnership, as well as assess and provide concrete recomenndations on how the linkages between the two different components can be optimised and used more strategically to achieve the project objectives. This mid-term evaluation will cover the period from April 2016 to December 2020, and the main objectives are:

  • hands-on support for services to citizens and business (Municipal Support Packages - MSPs) to selected municipalities
  • support to SCTM and municipalities collectively at policy level to represent local interest and enhance the capacity of all local authorities

Mid-term Review of Sida support to BIRN Albania (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Hub). 
The main objective is to assess the progress of Strategic Plan of BIRN Albania 2018-2020 and provide recommendations to BIRN Albania and the Embassy for the remaining agreement period. 
The tasks to be performed includes, but are not limited to: 

  • Review the progress made in achieving the strategic objectives and assess to what extent Sida core support has contributed to these achievements 
  • Assess the effectiveness of BIRN Albania measures inmanaginginternal and external risks 
  • Identifysuccess stories of impact made by BIRN Albania: 1) change in citizens’ awareness and understanding due to BIRN Albania’s informative work and 2) how investigative work have produced an impact beyond the audience/citizens
  • Identify examples on how BIRN Albania support and mentoring to local journalists have contributed to improved editorial and journalism skills 

Evaluation of the prioject "Improving Land Management and Urban Development in the Republic of Belarus"
The project contributes to development of land administration sector in the Republic of Belarus. The main objective is to assess the results achieved by the project, focusing on the following: 

  • to frame and summarise lessons learned
  • to evaluate the outcomes of the project on strengthening the influence of civil society in the area of land administration and urban development, improving the system of mass formation and mass valuation, improving the procedures for real property taxation, and improving urban spatial planning by involving civil society and using new approaches
  • to evaluate the extent, to which the project has improved the cooperation among the beneficiaries of the project
  • to look ahead and provide recommendations for a possible new project phase

Evaluation of the project "A Strengthened Private Sector and an Improved Functioning of the Employment Services in Belarus" 
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a better business climate, increased levels of investment, sustained growth, and a stronger private sector, which is essential for the economic development in Belarus. The project is divided into three main outcomes: 

  1. Extended labour market information, aimed at strengthening relations with employers, in particular within the private sector
  2. Improved service to job-seekers, including vulnerable groups, through the development of new working-methods at PES
  3. New information and communication strategy for PES developed and implemented

The last four assignments listed will be implemented in collaboration with consortium partner, NCG Sweden. 

 

Information about the framework agreement below: 

NCG is excited to announce that Sida Framework Agreement for Evaluation services has just come into effect September 1, 2019

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NCG Denmark as a Consortium lead has been awarded the Sida’s Evaluation Framework Agreement together with NCG Sweden, Triple Line UK and Oxford Policy Management UK. The Consortium has now established a fully operational setup to support Sida in the implementation of evaluation mandates for both Sweden’s embassies worldwide and Sida’s headquarter departments.

The Framework commissions two types of evaluations. First, centralized strategic evaluations that focus on thematic areas, approaches, policy implementations etc., of value to the entire organization. Second, decentralized evaluations which are often closely linked to the implementation of interventions under the country strategies.

Evaluations under this framework agreements include all types of evaluations:

  • Respect to purpose (summative, formative; for accountability, for learning etc.)
  • Evaluation object (project, programme, strategy, policy, method etc.)
  • Part of the “result chain” considered (process, output, outcome or impact)
  • Timing (mid-term, end-term, ex-post etc.)
  • Approach (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods etc.)
  • Other evaluation related services may include, but are not limited to evaluation pre-studies; evaluability studies; evaluation approach and methodology studies; synthesis and summary reports etc.
Together with our consortium partners, NCG Denmark will carry out tasks throughout the entire project cycle. 

We are very much looking forward to starting the work.

If you  have relevant expertise and want to join NCG’s pool of Evaluation Experts, kindly forward your updated CV to Framework Manager, Sabina Dziadecka Gråbæk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate “ Sida’s Evaluation Framework Agreement“ in the email title.