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


    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.


    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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  • Slow Food LIFE Operating Grant 2016 -2017
    Slow Food LIFE Operating Grant 2016 -2017
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    Slow Food


    Catalys were commissioned to oversee the employment of evaluation framework for the Slow Food Operating Grant – LIFE-NGO-SGA-EASME-2016. The evaluation took place throughout 2017 and was composed of workshops, surveys, monitoring and analysis. From this, we observed the findings and consolidated them into a comprehensive report.

    The purpose of this was to:

    • Produce an evaluation framework that bases the Intervention Logic on a clear shared Theory of Change which will identify key measurable long-term success indicators.
    • Embed data collection in the monitoring framework for each initiative; ensure that the right questions are being asked from the outset.
    • Use real time monitoring data to identify lessons from delivery during implementation, so that a culture of continuous improvement is established.


    All the target outputs of the Operating Grant have been achieved and the intervention has proved beneficial for the organisation. The grant has been used effectively in pursuit of the LIFE / 7th Environmental Action Plan and in terms of supporting Slow Food in its own development.

    The evaluation found:

    • Stakeholders recognise that significant improvements have been evident in organisational focus and effectiveness over the period of the OG.
    • The OG has been timely, in that it has been implemented at a time and in a way that it has delivered effective development support for the organisation
    • The Slow Food mission in relation to food culture appears to be well understood. The connections to its wider impacts are less well understood, but do appear to be increasing.
    • A framework has been established for long term monitoring. The surveys commenced at Slow Fish and Cheese form the foundation for a long-term monitoring of the organisation’s effectiveness in advocacy and awareness raising.
    • This is only the start of the process in embedding a culture of continuous improvement within the organisation.





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  • Happy Birthday to….us
    Happy Birthday to….us
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    Today we passed a significant milestone – it is our 5th birthday.

    That means 5 years of some of the most fascinating local development projects across Europe and most recently in the Caribbean too.

    Although we have majored on evaluation, from equality impact assessment to fisheries programme evaluation, that is far from our “sole” focus. Some of our biggest projects have been in innovation strategy for the University sector and for regions and Rural Development programme development.

    We have met some great people along the way, many of whom we continue to work with today. Indeed amongst our 44 projects undertaken to date, the majority are repeat business. When a client gets to know us they like us!

    Which causes us to reflect – what has been the secret of our success? Well firstly, we know, although the work we do requires specialist technical expertise; it is first and foremost a people business. This means having the right people in the Catalys teams to face the client. It also means understanding the client and what they need and what they can do. We work hard on this, and think it is part of the reason that people like us.

    We would like to sign off our birthday message with a big thank you to all those who have shown faith in us and our message building capacity for local development through building the capacity of people.

    Those repeat clients – Slow Food, UNDP, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, University of Wolverhampton, Belgrade Open School and Cornwall, Ceredigion and Dumfries and Galloway Councils.

    We have worked with some great associates whose skills and capabilities have added immeasurably to the Catalys family, particularly, Arwel, Dylan, Alex, Jo, Stephen, Carol, Blanca, Sanela, Jasmina, Amela, Nikola, Ivana and Tajana.

    Special mention also to Good2Great, NRM Interface and Alpha Design and Marketing who have all assisted us in our development.

    Looking forward, this is no time to rest on our laurels. The future of local development is uncertain, particularly in the UK in the light of Brexit. What is certain is that innovation for local development will continue to be needed by communities across the territories where we work, what is less certain is how this will work in future. We will continue to be available to our clients and engaged in the policy debates that matter, so that we stay relevant and accessible and help to develop approaches to local development that work.

    Thank you to you all.

    Nuala, Ian, Alex, Mary and Callum.

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  • CSO focus in diverse 2017 Summer school in Croatia
    CSO focus in diverse 2017 Summer school in Croatia
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    This year we will again be collaborating with EPIC to deliver the summer school.  Catalys’ contribution will be to lead a session on the challenges and lessons regarding the development of CSOs in South East Europe. We will be using our experience from evaluating DG Enlargement’s Civil Society Facility (CSF) programmes in the region, together with programmes run by EC DEAR and DG ENV.

    Course Agenda – June 7th – 10th

    The summer school pays reference to the seismic changes that have rocked the political and financial establishment in Europe and the United States in recent months. In an emerging age of populism, resurgent nationalism, and ever-growing Euroscepticism, what challenges lie ahead for the future of the European project. The final agenda of the course might be subject to change in order to take on board any latest EU developments. However, we can anticipate that the following topics will be addressed.

    • Brexit and New Models of European Integration
    • Civil Society and the Move towards a West European Model
    • Economic and Monatary Union and the Persistent Debt Crises in Southern Europe
    • Enlargement in the Age of Euroscepticism
    • Migration
    • Energy and EU’s relationship with Russia
    • The Future of Global Trade after TTIP and TTP

    The course in not targeted toward one specific sector, and is therefore open to representatives from public administrations, business, law, finance, the media, or non-governmental organisations at national, regional and local level. The course is also suitable for students. The course will take place at the four star Senses Resort (www.senses.hr).

    To register your interest, or if you would like more information, please get in touch by sending an email to Andreas Staab at staab@epicseminars.com.
    You can also contact us on (+44) 208 444 7970.

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  • Dunsany Declaration endorsed by BiH Coops
    Dunsany Declaration endorsed by BiH Coops
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    Catalys were delighted to present the Dunsany Declaration today to the Bosnia & Herzegovina Cooperatives Annual Conference “Cooperatives for Peace and Reconciliation”.   The great news was that the conference endorsed the declaration and the discussion now is how to take the next steps.

    The Declaration has been made by International Cooperatives Association, FAO, ILO, International Committee for Agricultural Organisation, the Plunkett Foundation, amongst others and urges that Cooperatives be seen as an integral element in feeding the world, based on a decade of growth for rural cooperatives.

    The BiH cooperatives Associations took the clear step to endorse the Declaration and representatives from Macedonia and Montenegro also discussed how they could do the same.

    For those who haven’t had the chance to see the declaration before, please use the link above – the declaration gives a good balanced prescription for cooperatives growth and development; highlighting the enabling role of governments along with the need for Cooperatives to take a proactive role in the development process.
    #Dunsany #Plunkett #Catalys

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