• Table for Nine Billion: promoting Europe’s role in growing food and climate justice worldwide
    Table for Nine Billion: promoting Europe’s role in growing food and climate justice worldwide
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    Client

    Oxfam Italia – Table for Nine Billion: promoting Europe’s role in growing food and climate justice worldwide

    Purpose

    Catalys was commissioned to undertake final evaluation of the EC DEAR project, Table for Nine Billion: promoting Europe’s role in growing food and climate justice worldwide.

    We produced two reports of the evaluation; a full report which encapsulates the key achievements of the project; and a summary report of the conclusions drawn from the findings for a wider audience.

    Oxfam Italia required an external final evaluation, firstly to fulfil its obligations to the EC and secondly because the client and partners were keen to learn the lessons in key areas of the results achieved from March 2014 to February 2017. Our final evaluation identified how partners can improve their collaboration and effectiveness in delivering project results.

    We had a defined methodology in place to allow us to execute a transferable and transparent evaluation. We established the baseline which constituted a process review, performance review and stakeholder analysis. This was then used to inform the creation of an evaluation framework which set out core questions. Fieldwork was then conducted which was composed of workshops, interviews and surveys with partners and stakeholders. Data collected through the fieldwork were then compiled and the qualitative and quantitative results were evaluated. From this information we then delivered our report.

    Outcome

    Overall the evaluation found that the Table for Nine Billion project has has been successful in achieving its expected results. The project was achieved its main communications targets, which is central to its role as an education and awareness raising project, particularly with its principal target group, European citizens.  It was also able to identify positive policy impacts, for example and campaigns such as advocacy for food security in Burkino Faso and the international campaign for land rights.  One unanticipated benefit was that less experienced partners found the experience of participating in a transnational partnership project particularly valuable, as they were able to learn from partner organisations with similar goals and many decades experience.

     

    More info: https://www.slowfood.com/sloweurope/en/progetti/table-for-nine-billions-promoting-europes-role-in-growing-food-and-climate-justice-worldwide-2/

     

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  • Evaluation of The Gwynedd and Anglesey Fisheries Local Action Group
    Evaluation of The Gwynedd and Anglesey Fisheries Local Action Group
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    Client

    The Gwynedd and Anglesey Fisheries Local Action Group

    Purpose

    We produced an evaluation for the Gwynedd and Anglesey Fisheries Local Action Group (GAFLAG), an innovative project that has successfully engaged with and united a diverse and eclectic group of individuals in the fishing sector in pursuit of improving the industry and its presence in the region. This project was implemented in conjunction with rural development agency, Menter Mȏn. The FLAG ran through from 2013 to 2015, followed by the conduction of our evaluation in 2016.

    The project was undertaken with an emphasis on completing four overarching objectives: Adding value to fishery products, encouraging diversification of economic activity, preserving and enhancing the environmental, cultural and social welfare and empowering the local fishing communities.

    Outcome

    With regard to a number of impedances throughout the process, namely a six month hiatus at the beginning of the project’s proposed implementation date, inspiring frustration from potential beneficiaries and members, as well as the lack of a consistently present project officer, the project wasn’t without its challenges. With this said, the project catalysed strong common networks and new ways of working, all of which will be valuable in its future development.

     

     

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  • Final evaluation of the project Development of the ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration
    Final evaluation of the project Development of the ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration
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    Client

    ENV.net & punto.sud

    Purpose

    Catalys was commissioned by ENV.net to provide an objective and evidenced assessment and evaluation of the network’s outputs, impact and the process of delivery.

    The ENV.net network was established to provide an open and constructive dialogue between environmental NGOs and national authorities in The Western Balkans and Turkey. This involved seeking to offer citizens the platform to influence environmental reforms in the prospective EU integration process.

    Working within the framework set by The Civil Society Facility (CSF), ENV.net developed a strategy to help strengthen the role of civil society in the EU enlargement process.

    The evaluation project was composed of a preliminary analysis of relevant documentation and literature. After preparing the research tools and analysis for the evaluation, we conducted field work with all network members and many wider stakeholders across The Western Balkans and Turkey.

    Outcome

    In meeting the needs of the client, the evaluation provided the following outputs. It has:

    • Used the learning from the evaluation to inform development of the next stage of the ENV.net, i.e., a successful application for follow-on support was made based on the findings of the evaluation and the new network commenced operation in 2017;
    • Built capacity of ENV.net participants and partners in relation to project effectiveness and impact and in evaluation in general; and
    • Reviewed the effectiveness of punto.sud in its administration / management role.

    ENV.net has been successful in establishing a platform for capacity building and knowledge sharing which is relevant and effective for those involved in environmental advocacy and engagement of CSOs in the environmental elements of the accession process. Some activities have been targeted directly on Chapter 27 negotiations and where the CSO representatives are already engaged with this process, such as in Serbia, this connection is apparent.

     

     

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  • Dumfries and Galloway Local Development Strategy
    Dumfries and Galloway Local Development Strategy
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    The following tasks were required for delivery of the Dumfries and Galloway Local Development Strategy:

    1. Collaboration with the LEADER LAG to develop and produce a draft Local Development Strategy and Business Plan 2014-2020 for Dumfries and Galloway based on the findings from the evaluation of LEADER 2008-2013 and the community/stakeholder engagement undertaken as part of this tender:

    • Draft Local Development Strategy for submission to Scottish Government – March 2014
    • Final Local Development Strategy and Business Plan for submission to Scottish Government – June 2014

    2. Provision of a programme of facilitated community and stakeholder engagement activities to inform the preparation of the Development Strategy and Business Plan 2014-2020. The programme involved a number of engagement methods including:

    • workshops
    • focus groups
    • open events
    • targeted events

    3.Engagement with a range of existing and prospective partners per discussion with the LAG:

    • Individuals
    • Communities – geographic and interest
    • Businesses
    • Strategic Partnership (CPP)
    • Public agencies
    • Third sector

    4.  An assessment of the findings from the engagement activities:

    •  Identify themes/priorities
    • Identify the potential for joint working
    • Consider the scope for partners to deliver actions in the Development Strategy
    • Ensure alignment with the Single Outcome Agreement

    • Funded by:

      LEADER Logo

      Contracted by:

      Dumfries and Galloway Council Link  Rocket Science Link

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  • Shropshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
    Shropshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
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    The aim of this project was to work collaboratively with transition Shropshire LEADER groups to develop a Local Development Strategy that ensures 100% rural coverage of Shropshire. There are areas of Shropshire that have never been covered by LEADER before and so a detailed consultation in these areas is necessary to ensure a representative and relevant LDS that effectively delivers an economically focused LEADER programme.

    The project delivered and LDS through an extensive process of options development and determination, based on the priorities identified in the evidence base analysis and tested through the consultation process.

    A key output of the project was to form a Shadow Local Area Group of key individuals who are representative of the area and are committed to the development of a forward looking LEADER programme.


    Commissioned by:

    DEFRA Link

    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Partner Organisations:

    Rose Regeneration Link

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  • Ceredigion LEADER – Evaluation of the Cynnal y Cardi, Rural Development Plan Axis 4 delivery in Ceredigion
    Ceredigion LEADER – Evaluation of the Cynnal y Cardi, Rural Development Plan Axis 4 delivery in Ceredigion
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    To provide an evaluation of the Cynnal y Cardi Axis 4 projects in Ceredigion 2011-13;

    • Enhancing the Quality of Life in Ceredigion
    • Innovative Solutions to Childcare

    Cynnal y Cardi, the Local Action Group is a broad based local partnership covering all of rural Ceredigion with responsibility for development and delivery of the above two projects.  Cynnal y Cardi effectively works to the Adfywio Ceredigion Regeneration Partnership (ACR), which has acted as the umbrella body for Axis 3&4.

    Ceredigion identified two priority projects. Firstly, a broad based quality of life measure and secondly a project focused on childcare as a key tool in addressing worklessness.  Effectively targeted support for childcare can make a significant contribution to enabling adults, particularly women, to access the employment market.

    The project will provide an evaluation Report including key learning points, Forward Look, Case Studies, SROI assessment and Recommendations to inform LEADER  Local Development Strategy 2015-2020.


     

    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Contracted by:

    Ceredigion County Council Link

    Partner Organisations:

    Rose Regeneration Link  Rocket Science Link

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  • Day of the Region
    Day of the Region
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    Day of the Region is an innovative project inspired by a similar project ‘Dag van de Regio’ carried out by Groningen LAG in the Netherlands. This transnational approach to project delivery and drawing on examples of good practice in Europe is a defining feature of this project.

    The project aims to showcase, celebrate and raise awareness of existing community activities through volunteer run community events. The project was managed by a Project Officer and steered by LAG members, other partner organisations and members of the community. A total of 22 communities were engaged in the project (including the pilot) over a period of 3 years.

    This project forms a significant part of the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER programme and, significantly, it has been steered and managed by the LAG. Whilst the LEADER programme has been subject to its own evaluation process, it is important to evaluate this project within the context of the wider programme and its aims.

    The purpose of this evaluation was:

    •  To carry out an assessment of the delivery of the Day of the Region Project
    • To undertake engagement with a range of participants in order to establish their experience of Day of the region
    • To provide an assessment of the wider EU, national and policy context within which the Day of the Region would fit with the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER 2014-2020 programme based on the findings of this commission
    • To identify structures for the delivery of the Day of the Region in the new LEADER 2014-2020 programme in Dumfries and Galloway

     

    Commissioned by:

    Dumfries and Galloway Council Link

    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Partner Organisation:

    Rose Regeneration Link


    Download Publication:

    pdf Day of the Region Summary Evaluation Report 2014 (final)

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  • Balkan CSOs – Mid-term Review of Partnership Programmes for Civil Society Organisations
    Balkan CSOs – Mid-term Review of Partnership Programmes for Civil Society Organisations
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    Since the Enlargement Strategy 2007-2008, civil society development has been a reform priority in the EU agenda of enlargement. The objective has been to strengthen the role of civil society in the democratisation and reconciliation process while also supporting better communication of enlargement processes and mutual understanding between EU Member States and the candidate countries’ societies.

    In order to respond to the need of fully engaging civil society in the EU integration process, an overall strategy for supporting civil society has been developed in the framework of IPA under the Civil Society Facility (CSF). The CSF focuses on supporting Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), i.e. all not-for-profit, non-market and non-state organisations and structures in which people organise to pursue shared objectives and ideals.[1]

    The global objective for the CSF is:

    ‘To contribute to anchoring democratic values and structures, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law, thereby supporting the EU integration process.’

    The specific objective is to achieve:

    ‘A more dynamic civil society actively participating in public debate on democracy, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law and with capacity to influence policy and decision making processes.’

    In November 2012 the European Commission contracted 18 Partnership Programmes for CSOs under the CSF global and specific objectives. The aim is to contribute to achieving these objectives though the establishment of regional CSO partnerships that pursue shared objectives regarding good governance and the fulfillment of the political criteria for EU accession. Beyond the global and specific objectives, the call for proposals prioritised applications that addressed all of the following issues:

    1)  Strengthened capacity and efforts to provide analysis, advocacy and monitoring of key sector reforms at regional and national levels

    2)  Improvement of the environment for civil activism and state-civil society dialogue at regional and national levels

    3)   Improvement of the legitimacy, transparency and accountability of CSOs in the region

    Each of the 18 Partnerships Programmes targets a specific sector of relevance to the enlargement agenda. Individual Partnership Programmes have their own global and specific objectives reflecting this sectoral work while also showing a clear linkage to the global and specific objectives for the call for proposals as a whole. They fall into three broad categories as follows:

    • Governance
    • Social development, human rights and reconciliation
    • Environment, natural resources, energy

    The mid-term review (MTR) will assess the progress of the Partnership Programmes against the stated specific objectives as well as identify issues and recommend course corrections. In doing so, the MTR will assess each Partnership Programme both individually as well as collectively through an assessment of the portfolio of Partnership Programmes as a whole.

    The MTR will assess each Partnership Programme as well as the portfolio as a whole according to standard evaluation criteria:

    •  Relevance
    • Effectiveness
    • Efficiency
    • Sustainability
    • Network/linkages
    • Lessons Learnt
    • Recommendations

    Commissioned by:

    cardno

    Funded by:

    DG EU Enlargement Link

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  • Cheshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
    Cheshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
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    Our Cheshire LEADER Local Development Strategy is as follows:

    Consultation – contribute to the development of the stakeholder list of individuals and organisations, devise and hold a programme of stakeholder events (taking account of the increased emphasis for the new LEADER programme on jobs and growth), gather project opportunities and ideas, provide an overview of the LEADER approach and the issues linked to its mobilization.

    Evidence – collate the evidence arising from the evaluation, capture the main priorities for investment, gather the key messages arising, shape the evidence at sub-authority priority level.

    LDS Compilation – write up the results for inclusion in the LDS, make raw data available, contribute to the completion of the LDS.


    Commissioned by:

    DEFRA Link

    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Partner Organisations:

    Rose Regeneration Link  Rocket Science Link

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  • Cardigan Bay FLAG Evaluation
    Cardigan Bay FLAG Evaluation
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    An evaluation of the Cardigan Bay Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).  The FLAG has been supported through the “Animation, Communication and Evaluation Project”, which has an investment value of £108,359 and is funded through the Welsh EFF programme 2007-13.

    This evaluation will:

    • Provide an objective and evidenced assessment of the FLAG’s outputs, impact and the process of delivery;
    • Use the learning from the evaluation to improve delivery;
    • Build the capacity of staff, FLAG members in relation to review and evaluation; and
    • Review the effectiveness of the Lead Body.

    Given the client’s requirements and the wider context we are proposing a methodology that uses a mix of approaches, so that we can provide a rounded view of the FLAG’s achievements and “tell the story”:

    • Provide a robust picture of outputs and impacts;
    • Provide the opportunity for Stakeholders to share their views
    • Use approaches, such as Social Return on Investment and Partnership self-evaluation to gain the fullest possible picture of the outcomes of the FLAG Project
    • Run workshops with a cross section of stakeholders to ensure that internal and external views of the FLAG are understood and given due weight.

    Commissioned by:

    Ceredigion County Council Link

    Funded by:

    EC EMFF Link

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