Evaluation as a learning mechanism
Above and beyond transparency and quality, evaluation is a means of learning lessons better. In the transition from relief to development, an evaluation can help improve humanitarian practice and establish relations of trust between the various players involved in the reconstruction process.
Over the past fifteen years, Groupe URD has built up a well-recognised expertise in the field of evaluation of relief and development projects.
The Haiti Observatory aims to:
- Strengthen and empower Haitian stakeholders
The Haiti Observatory will play an important role in establishing a sustainable in-country evaluation capacity. To achieve this goal, we offer a variety of capacity-building activities for civil society organisations, public and government employees and Haitian staff within international organisations.
- Training courses on Evaluation
- Database of Haitian evaluators, including individuals who have attended Haiti Observatory training courses. The Observatory provides aid organisations with a database of Haitian professionals (Evaluators and Heads of M&E) who have been trained by Groupe URD in evaluating the quality of humanitarian projects.
- Support for Haitian organisations in evaluation planning. The Haiti Observatory offers a personalised support mechanism for staff conducting or managing evaluations. This will include regular briefings and debriefings, workshops on specific topics (evaluation methods, data collection), recommendations on drafting evaluation reports (Terms of Reference, inception reports, final reports).
- Coordinate evaluation processes, facilitate the dissemination and sharing of lessons learnt and best practices
Evaluation results and reports will be posted regularly on the Haiti Observatory Resource Centre, which will thus provide information about ongoing evaluations and advice on various aspects (e.g. the scope of the evaluation, relevant documentation to be reviewed and evaluation methodology). This will help to reduce duplication and splintering of evaluation processes, promote coherence and help identify gaps and synergies between different evaluation assignments.
As part of its consultancy and support activities, the Haiti Observatory will manage the database of Haitian evaluators (lien vers le point au dessus).
The Haiti Observatory will ensure that lessons learnt from evaluations and best practices are disseminated throughout the aid community, donor institutions and national organisations via the Haiti Observatory Newsletter. Contact us so that we can publish your latest evaluation results and findings in our Newsletter.
- Conduct evaluations on demand
The Haiti Observatory will carry out evaluations for international and national organisations, and for donor agencies and public institutions. Indeed, several organisations in Haiti have already requested our services for this type of learning mechanism.
Evaluations conducted by Groupe URD in Haiti:
- Ex-Post External Evaluation of a Joint Recovery Programme in Léogane, Haiti, implemented by the German Red Cross and the Austrian Red Cross, September-October 2014
- Iterative evaluation of the integrated reconstruction and urban and economic development project in the neighbourhood of Christ-Roi in Port-au-Prince, 2013-2016
- Improving the quality of cash transfer programmes supported by the WFP in Haiti, March-August 2013
- Evaluation of the Support Programme for the Reconstruction of Housing and Neighbourhoods in Haiti, Mid 2012-end 2014, for UN-Habitat
- Cluster Evaluation Phase II, July 2009 - March 2010, in partnership with GPPI, for the IASC
- Real-time evaluation in Haiti, January 2010, for the IASC
- Real-time evaluation in Haiti , February 2010, for the Strategic Affairs Directorate of the French MoD
- Evaluation of emergency programmes funded by the Fondation de France following the Haiti earthquake of 12 January 2010 , July 2010
- Learning support exercise in Haiti for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), August-October 2010
- Lessons learned from Haiti, December 2010– April 2011
- External evaluation of the post-earthquake WASH response in Haiti,, November – December 2010, for Action Contre la Faim
- Evaluation for the implementation of Livelihoods programmes in Port-au-Prince for the French Red Cross, May-June 2011
- Evaluation of DG ECHO’s activities in urban contexts, July 2011– March 2012
- Evaluation of projects funded by Swiss Solidarity in Haiti, 2010-2013
Article in the review Humanitarian Aid on the Move n°2: « What is evaluation for? The missing links in the evolution of humanitarian actors. »