Project:
Evaluation Date: November 2018
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

When the project tackles long-standing generational issues (as is the case in this project), the methodology used to guide the intervention plays a key role in project impact.

The use of a ‘Theory of Change’ (ToC) approach can help with looking beyond the logical framework to collectively construct a clear understanding of the transformations sought by the project.

The use of a ToC approach can help…:
1) Organizational awareness of the need to review and update the assumptions used in the initial project design
2) Simplify the nature of the context and determine whether the initially established conditions for change have been maintained
3) Redefine new strategies as needed

Theme: Rule of law
Project: Young Builders of a New Citizenship In Chad
Evaluation Date: December 2015
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The establishment of youth platforms was not linked to any particular task or mission for youth action; and the elaboration of a national plan was not linked to priorities for action nor were there any financial resources for implementation. The survey which was supposed to enhance the skills of the young people was not published and did not capture the information needed for youth advocacy towards public authorities.

Theme: Youth engagement
Project: Democratic Dialogue through Media in Sierra Leone
Evaluation Date: March 2011
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Flaws in design and strategy hampered the relevance of the project: lack of explicit engagement with editors/publishers and with relevant high-level institutional actors. These weaknesses were already visible in the project document: the “Situation Analysis” section appropriately identified the needs summarised above, as well as the views of civil society about the media, but did not provide an analysis of the causes of the identified weaknesses. The project document lacked an explicit stakeholder analysis that would have identified the project’s planned level of engagement with each stakeholder, the message directed at them and the engagement techniques to be used. In other words, the project document was built on the assumption that improving journalistic skills in human rights reporting, together with activities such as NGO and community training, would lead to enhanced democratic debate. But there was no explicit description of how these results would derive from the planned activities.

Theme: Media