Project: Youth local councils for civic engagement and social change in Palestine
Evaluation Date: December 2013
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Data collection and analysis would have been more useful to the project and to future planning, if it was disaggregated by sex. This allows gender to be appropriately programmed and for a more gender-sensitive understanding of the potential and risks in any activity. Although this project in Palestine did pay attention to gender in many ways, it was a pity that the pre- and post-tests did not and so did not allow to measure whether there was a difference between the understanding/learning of male and female participants (and thus to see where changes to training or activities might be made).

Theme: Youth engagement
Project: Narrowing the Gender Gap in Flood Affected Areas of Pakistan
Evaluation Date: July 2014
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project developed and used a Gender and Governance Performance Scorecard to monitor governance and service delivery. It also used mobile phones to communicate instances of corruption and violence against women. Community members marked the scorecards and sent text messages to the authorities drawing attention to corrupt practices as well as violence against women. The grantee aggregated the data and the findings were discussed with local officials in quarterly Gender Reform Committee district meetings. However, resolving these issues required more than sharing the information with officials, and without follow up most of the problems remained unresolved.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Empowering the Voice of a New Generation in Pakistan
Evaluation Date: August 2014
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Although project reporting stated that most project activities were completed as planned, there was not enough hard information available to be able to confirm this or to assess the project’s effectiveness. For example, there was not enough information to be able to assess the effectiveness of different core youth events – three trainings and inter-provincial study tours – and the information on who participated in activities was inconsistent. There was almost no information about the activities at the district level.

Theme: Youth engagement
Project: Strengthening Women’s Leadership in Jamaica
Evaluation Date: September 2011
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The degree to which the project met its anticipated outcome of increased national awareness and action in support of the participation of women was hard to determine. The project did reach women beyond the project participants but, without baseline or post-project information, the extent of this reach was an unknown. Anecdotal information suggests there was some effect, most notable in the National Educational Council volunteers. But the cultural and social attitudes that prevent gender parity are deeply entrenched and it will take more than time and/or the quotas recommended by the grantee to achieve true gender equity.

Theme: Women's empowerment