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Improving the Use of M&E Processes and Findings

April 14, 2014

In March the LME Unit, in collaboration with RTN, CARDI and KENAF as well as CDI, held one of the nine parallel case clinics at the CDI-WUR International Conferences on Improving the Use of M&E Processes and Findings. The conference brought together approximately 200 participants, including M&E practitioners and trainers. The case centred on the Joint Impact Study of CTA’s Support to ACP Organizations and Networks, conducted between October 2012 and December 2013, focusing on nine organisations (ANAFE, CARDI, CAFAN, EAFF, FANRPAN, IPACC, KENAF, RTN and RUFORUM). In addition to CTA, its nine ACP partners and CDI, the joint study also benefited from technical inputs provided by ECDPM, MDF and local ACP evaluation specialists.

The clinic highlighted how the participatory process of the exercise led to continuous learning and a high level of utilization of the findings. In particular, the collaborative design of the evaluation model as well the continued involvement of partners throughout all the stages of the evaluation process (including financial management and selection of external experts) boosted the ownership of the ensuing report and findings. Examples of the immediate uses include changes in how the organisations relate to their direct beneficiaries, as well as the strengthening of their respective M&E frameworks.


Although the CDI conference organisers had instructed the clinics to focus on the utilisation of evaluation findings, during the discussions the majority of participants wanted only to talk about the Capacity-centred Impact Pathway Analysis (CcIPA) model, which CTA and its collaborators have developed specifically for this impact study. CcIPA is a synthesis model based on the premise that the performance and impact of organisations or networks depend to a large extent on the state of their capabilities. The CcIPA model is built around three main conceptual components: the Five Core Capabilities (5 CCs) model, the Logic Model and a framework for categorising impact indicators. Each of these models or framework is adapted to a certain degree to fit into the CcIPA model. Following the development and successful application of the model, CTA and partners are now promoting its use beyond the current joint impact study. Participants at the clinic encouraged CTA to make the documentation on an in-depth description of the CcIPA model more widely available for peer reviewing and further dissemination.

The clinic was led by Ibrahim Khadar (LME Unit), Tarikua Woldetsadick (LME Unit), Moses Turatinsze (representing RTN), Stella Nyagah (KENAF) and Steve Maximay (representing CARDI).