Evaluation

Background

In a world where relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impacts and sustainability have become paramount for stakeholders in the development sector, how do you turn obstacles into opportunities? At ASK T&L we focus on high-quality evaluations & impact assessments for long-term impacts to build robust strategies and actionable agendas.

Our technical expertise in Evaluation & Impact Assessment helps clients strengthen and sustain varied projects. Evaluations cut across regions, communities, stakeholders and issues, to go beyond the usual. Centric to these, are the twin goals of value creation and impact. Evaluations & Impact Assessments also entail critical aspects of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability. With consistent high standards of evaluations & impact assessments, our penultimate goal is to bring sustainable social change.

Evaluation is a core competency of ASK T & L and the aim is to draw learning, both in terms of strengths and weaknesses, and to help and support organizations to develop, change, modify and strengthen their strategies, approaches, methodologies, nature of interventions, staffing & mechanisms. Over the years professional and quality evaluations have gained emergent prominence in the development sector by both, the donor agencies and project implementing organizations.

ASK T & L believes in fostering an environment of enhanced ownership among stakeholders and the community, and carries this mandate to its evaluations & impact assessments, undertaken over an array of social issues. Over the years ASK T & L has developed an expertise in this area, and an in-depth understanding of varied subject matter domains and is continuously facilitating an informed, participatory, comprehensive, and sustainable process of tapping results for social change.

What We Do

Use Focused Evaluations are considered a major component of any kind of development program today. The factors that drives use focused evaluations include enabling organizations to grow from reflecting on and analyzing their interventions and functioning, facilitating efficiency & accountability in the development sector, and building knowledge for wider application. ASK T & L conducts Mid-Term and End-Term Evaluations of a designated programme/ project. An important focus of all ASK T & L evaluations is to ensure that the findings and recommendations are utilized to the maximum extent possible for increasing the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impacts & sustainability of the project or program being evaluated and improve the quality of implementation. It also helps in strengthening the Project Management System, including Planning-Monitoring-Evaluation & Learning (PMEL) systems of the organization. Using a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies (Structured and semi-structured interviews, key informant interviews, review of records & documents, different PRA methods, Observations & physical verifications and Most Significant Change method etc), this process of evaluation also helps organizations in identifying gap in the capacities of the organization and thereby the need to further build their capacity.“Use focused” evaluations encourage and facilitate the stakeholders to make decisions and plans of actions rather than ending with a set of recommendations only. Since the process is more engaging from the beginning, the inclination of the organizations is towards clear decision making at the end of the evaluation. ASK believes in and practices “Realistic” Evaluations wherein we look into not only the Outcome Patterns but the Context and Mechanism, elaborating on what worked, for whom and under what circumstances.
ASK T & L undertakes impact assessments to analyze and present findings on the “impacts” on the lives of the target groups / communities due to the implementation of a development programme, over a period of time. Impact assessments concentrate on direct impacts on beneficiary communities and subsequent socio-economic changes that the beneficiaries have been able to percolate through multiple levels of the society at large. Findings of impact assessments are useful in highlighting best practices and right approaches of development work that have a direct bearing on development of long term plans and programmes. ASK also helps to draw learning from the impact assessments regarding the underlying factors / reasons because of which the impacts could be achieved or not achieved and thus facilitates the actors in development sector to replicate the best practices or to modify strategies, as required.
ASK undertakes a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of an organization to help them to take critical decisions for the future organizational growth and development. Organizational assessment comprises an in-depth analysis of an organization’s internal governance, management systems, programmes, policies, and overall capacities, to provide recommendations for better organizational strategies and synergy, for increasing the overall organizational relevance and effectiveness. In this exercise, we assist in determining the overall health of an organization and not just a particular project or program that it may be implementing. The end result leads to the development of a more systematic, relevant, effective, efficient & sustainable organization.
Pre-Funding Appraisal is carried out on the request of donor organizations and/or corporate for NGOs that they deem suitable for implementation of programmes, projects, and CSR initiatives. The appraisal is carried out to secure that the NGO concerned has updated policies, procedures, management systems and capacities for programme execution, as well as to identify areas where further capacity building may be required, and to strengthen NGO performance, if required, through a process of Organization Development. An in-depth & overall assessment is carried out to identify the current status / capacity & future needs.
A monitoring exercise includes the periodic assessment of the level of implementation of defined activities and attainment of corresponding outputs / results for an ongoing project or programme. It critically looks into the processes for implementation - looks into minute activities and accomplishments to generate a detailed assessment of progress made. Monitoring results are effective in ensuring that projects steer on track and help highlight internal issues and external challenges that may affect project performance, for developing remedial measures and timely implementing the same.

Our Approach

We adopt a Participatory Approach to ensure perspectives and outcomes are unbiased, independent and effective
Our experience affirms the fact that objectivity combined with an empathetic outlook towards an Implementing Organisation, helps tackle diverse issues and challenges
We view evaluations as a solution-finding, enabling process that creates a sense of ownership among stakeholders, instead of a fault-finding exercise
To maximise impact, our interventions are designed on contextual realities and needs of the community

Contact us

Manas Bhattacharyya
Senior Manager
Evaluation Domain

91 124 4060353/4
91 9999094204
manas@askindia.org

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Recent Assignments

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Evaluation of a project “Trapped in cotton: Reduce and prevent at-risk children from labour in cotton farms of Madhya Pradesh state, India”

Madhya Pradesh

India

2018

Evaluation of a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) project for people with disability

Jharkhand

India

2018

Evaluation of “Resilience Communities to Trafficking” project

Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand

India

2018

Evaluation of the “Family Centric Development Initiative”

Uttar Pradesh

India

2018

Participatory Evaluation for Two Integrated Community Development Projects (ICDP)

Bangladesh

2017

Evaluation of Dabur India’s CSR Project Sundesh to Construct Toilets in Rural Households

Uttar Pradesh

India

2017

SB Rural Integrated Project

Bangladesh

2016

Comprehensive Community Development Project

Bangladesh

2016

Community Based Child Care Project

Odisha

India

2016

Strengthening Community Based Organizations for Pro-Poor Democracy Governance (SCOPE) Project

Bangladesh

2016

Improving Food Security Governance in South & South East Asia through strengthened participation of organizations of marginalized farmers

Delhi

India

2016

Right to Food Project in India and Nepal

Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan

India

2016

Strengthening Grassroots Governance in Rural Kutch District Project

Gujarat

India

2016

Building Resilience and Increased Economic Leadership of Small Holders Specifically Women Farmers in India

Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand

India

2016

Sarai Tareen: Consolidation Phase

Uttar Pradesh

India

2016

Strengthening Education and Livelihood for Weaving Community (Barabanki)- Consolidation Phase

Uttar Pradesh

India

2016

Strengthening Community Action for Better Health and Nutrition (SCAN) Project

Odisha

India

2016

Green Federalism Project to Enhance Urban Environmental Governance through Participatory Budgeting in Pune

Maharashtra

India

2016

West Bengal

India

2017

Diocesan Education Project for Disadvantaged Children

Punjab

India

2017

Right to Universal, Inclusive and Quality Education Project

Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand

India

2017

SB Rural Integrated (Development) Projects (TRIP) & Urban Women’s & Children’s Project (UWCP)

Bangladesh

2017

Transformation through Empowerment and Organization Project

Nepal

2017