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MULTI-COUNTRY PROGRAMME


Preparation
Inception
Multi-country programme case

In the case of a multi-country programme, the evaluation builds upon a number of country case studies which should be selected as soon as possible and preferably before the end of the inception stage.

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Field study
Work plan
Multi-country programme case

In the case of a multi-country programme, the country case studies allow the evaluation team to gather information on the programme at the country level. Together with the desk phase, the findings of country case studies will feed the global assessment made by the evaluation team. The work plan should make it clear that country case studies are not to be considered as stand alone evaluations.
Time permitting, the first country case study can be used as a test of the methodology.

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Field study
Access to the field
Multi-country programme case

In the case of a multi-country programme, the evaluation team holds a briefing meeting in each visited country, either in liaison with or else with the participation of the Delegation.

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Debriefing
Multi-country programme case

In the case of a multi-country programme, the evaluation team holds a debriefing meeting in each visited country, either in liaison with or else with the participation of the Delegation. A country note is written and circulated to actors in the country in order to have a factual check.

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PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION


Preparation
Terms of Reference
Participatory evaluation case

The initial consultation process extends to a few key beneficiaries and other stakeholders.
The reference group involves a significant proportion (possibly 50%) of outsiders, i.e. group members capable of expressing the views of the whole range of stakeholders while holding no responsibility in the design or implementation of the project/programme.

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Preparation
Inception
Participatory evaluation case

The evaluation team extends its initial interviews in order to understand the expectations of beneficiaries and other outside stakeholders.
A stakeholder analysis is performed and discussed in the inception meeting.

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Field study
Work plan
Participatory evaluation case

In the case of a participatory evaluation, the work plan involves a series of workshops or focus groups allowing for beneficiaries to frame the data that are being gathered.

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Field study
Debriefing
Participatory evaluation case

In the case of a participatory evaluation, the evaluation team may hold debriefing workshops involving beneficiaries and other external stakeholders, with a view to strengthening the quality of collected data, to interpreting data from the viewpoint of field-level stakeholders, and to empowering civil society organisations locally.

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