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).