Project: Rural Media Development for Promoting Democracy and Human Rights
Evaluation Date: November 2017
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The training materials and techniques were effective. The training was based on a standardised 57 page training manual covering everything from training techniques through to democracy and human rights issues, the international and local context and laws, human rights mechanisms, the security and responsibility of journalists, defamation, use of social media, and professional skills – preparing, authenticating, cross checking reports, handling sources etc. The training involved a combination of lectures, group work and field visits.

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

The young people themselves had creative ideas about how to secure both funds and in-kind support for their activities; however repeatedly having to source such support can over time become a disincentive to participation. Despite the strong commitment to volunteerism created and promoted by the project, it would have been a good idea to increase the attention given to fundraising during the training provided to the elected Youth Local Council members and to bring in an experienced fundraiser to deliver such training so that the young participants would have access to the resources necessary to implement their many creative ideas.

Theme: Youth engagement
Project: Empowerment of Women Citizens in Turkey
Evaluation Date: February 2012
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Serious challenges were encountered in providing training to working class women – the ultimate beneficiaries – whose circumstances were very different from those of the middle-class, educated trainees. The Training of Trainers course did not endow its graduates with the skills necessary to deal with a wide range of subjects, with beneficiaries requiring practical information regarding their rights and on how to act to address problems of day-to-day injustice – in inheritance, property ownership and divorce-related disputes.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Empowerment of Women Citizens in Turkey
Evaluation Date: February 2012
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Most of those who were interviewed, both trainers and trainees, recognized the limitations of the trainer designation, and many indicated to the trainers that, while inspired by the course, they lacked both the confidence and the opportunity to deliver major training exercises, based on the manual, to groups of women.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Empowerment of Women Citizens in Turkey
Evaluation Date: February 2012
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The work to prepare the 350 women trainees to be trainers themselves was less successful. This is, in part, the result of a design flaw in the project, whereby the Training of Trainers course was expected to both build awareness and train trainers. More fundamental was the limitation of what can be accomplished in an intensive five -day course, no matter how well taught and facilitated.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Empowerment of Women Citizens in Turkey
Evaluation Date: February 2012
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project was extremely effective in building and enhancing the awareness and understanding of the concepts of gender equality and women’s rights in the case of the 350 women activists who completed the Training of Trainers course. In this respect, it built a strong sense of collective and individual empowerment which, in turn, strengthened both their resolve and their capacity to support the empowerment of other women.

Theme: Women's empowerment