Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
CWS programs continue to use planning, monitoring and evaluation tools and systems. In Latin America and the Caribbean, our team working with families of incarcerated adults developed a theory of change and worked with local partner in Uruguay, Gurises Unidos, to identify program targets. Our local partner in Cairo, St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, has a refugee participatory planning committee that meets regularly to guide programs. In Asia, staff teams monitor and evaluate projects according to external funder requirements and for internal tracking, with plans to evaluate for results and longer-term impact. In Africa, programs have implemented an online data collection and storage platform. The Haiti program continued to work closely with local partners SSID and SKDE to ensure reporting capacity meets donor expectations.
Across CROP, initiatives include a strategy session to identify focus areas. Our team has developed sector theories of change for food security and nutrition as well as water, sanitation and hygiene. We have also created proposal and reporting templates, a tracking system and a shared drive to house documents. All of these pieces together help us analyze our work more efficiently and effectively.
To better understand the contexts in which we work and subsequently to inform programming, staff have initiated learning and research projects. This included a study in Africa that considers success factors for refugee return to urban areas, an ongoing study in Indonesia on the impact of Aflatoxins in exacerbating problems of chronic food inadequacy and the initial stages of a comprehensive situation report on children of incarcerated parents in Latin America. There was an interregional learning discussion on water, sanitation and hygiene, and a subsequent staff exchange between staff in Latin America and Africa.