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Evaluation and Impact Assessment

CDS has a strong track record in conducting evaluations and assessments in the MENA region. We have carried out over a hundred evaluations and assessments of projects commissioned by UN agencies, such as UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, international organizations, such as Save the Children, CARE International, and the Egyptian Swiss Development Fund, and governmental organizations, such as the Egyptian Social Fund for Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and the Ministry of Utilities and Water Resources.

We specialize in facilitating the process of Participatory Self Evaluation. This approach promotes active participation of the project stakeholders in all phases of the evaluation. Other key services we provide include

  • Baseline Assessment and Situational Analysis.
  • Gender Assessment.
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment.
  • Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Interim Evaluation or Mid-term Review.

Examples of our experience in Evaluation and Impact Assessment:

+ Self-Evaluation of the 'Integrated Development Project in Sinai', Egyptian Swiss Development Fund .
The Egyptian Swiss Development Fund funded a project called the "Integrated Development Project in Sinai". This project aimed to improve the social, educational, cultural and health conditions of Bedouins living in targeted areas, to raise incomes of targeted farm households; establish value added agricultural activities, and to provide Bedouin women in North Sinai with income generating opportunities. The project was implemented by the Moslem Young Women Association and Nuweiba Agriculture Cooperative. CDS was contracted to design and facilitate the self-evaluation process including exchange of experiences, share lessons learned and discuss future prospects involving all project stakeholders.

+ Mid-term Evaluation of the Community Resources Development project in Villages 7 and 8 in Abiss, Alexandria governorate, Egyptian Swiss Development Fund .
This Egyptian Swiss Development Fund funded project in Abiss, Alexandria involved a number of local NGOs and youth centers with the aim to improve the livelihoods of the inhabitants of villages seven and eight in the area of Abiss. The role of CDS was to assess the progress of the project, compared objectives versus achievements, identified success stories and challenges and suggested areas for improvement. The evaluation included the assessment of interventions implemented within each of the project components: health, water and sanitation, education, credit, and capacity building. In addition, CDS used an external as well as self evaluation approach. The evaluation team worked closely with the project staff to assess the human resources capacity and the effectively of their existing monitoring system. (2009)

+ Impact Assessment of the Poverty Reduction Strategy through 'The Voices of the Poor' Yemen .
The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in Yemen contracted CDS to conduct an impact assessment of the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) through 'The Voices of the Poor'. The assessment included the preparation of an appropriate assessment methodology that enabled 'The Voices of the Poor' to be effectively expressed. It also included the preparation of field work guidelines for field researchers, training of field researchers and an overall coordination of the fieldwork. (2007)

+ Self-Evaluation of the "Producing Crops for Marketing to Increase the Income of Small Farmers" AMAL Project of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services .
The Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) commissioned CDS to facilitate a self-evaluation of the AMAL project. This project aimed to improve the quality of life of the poor farmers, owning three fedans or less, by increasing the economic return of their agricultural products (vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, etc..) and targeted poor and squatter communities in Minnya and Beni Suef. CDS facilitated an evaluation process assessing the ability of the farmers to compete in more profitable markets, while conserving the environment, together with the different project stakeholders and local staff from the community based organizations. ( 2007)

+ Impact Evaluation of Social Fund for Development Projects, World Bank .
The primary objective of the Social Fund for Development(SFD)-World Bank impact evaluation was to assess the impact and performance of one of the Human and Community Development Group (HCDG) projects by examining the extent to which project results were in accordance with the original objectives of the project. The impact evaluation explored the impact of SFD/HCDG projects on poverty reduction, social capital and empowerment. The quantitative component consisted of household level and community level surveys. (2005)

+ Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the Rosetta Gas Development Project ,British Petroleum
Contracted by British Petroleum (BP), this assessment aimed to identify and estimate the potential environmental and social impacts of establishing a major infrastructure project that will benefit Egypt's economy.

CDS approached two principal sources of information to determine the impact of the project on the environment and livelihoods of the population in the area. The first source was community-based, represented by local community leaders, farmers' cooperatives, fishermen's associations, community-based organizations and individual farmers. The second source of information involved government organizations. (2004)