Strengthening Referral Pathways from the Street to School – Endline Evaluation

Sierra Leone

The Project

Endline Evaluation of the EU/NSA project – Strengthening Referral Pathways from the Street to School – Supporting Non State Actors to Protect and Empower Extremely Vulnerable Children and Youth in Sierra Leone

The GOAL Ireland in collaboration with four partners – St Georges Foundation, Sierra Leone Aid Volunteers, Integrated Children and Youth Initiative and Ben Hirsh implemented the EU/NSA project. The aim of the project was to build the capacities of Non State Actors, Local Authorities, and Government to deliver quality basic social services to EVCY by strengthening referral pathways from the Streets to Schools in Western Urban Area and Kenema districts in Sierra Leone.

GOAL commissioned Institute of Development (IfD) to conduct the evaluation of the EU/NSA project based on Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria which assessed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of the project. LAMP partnered with IfD to deliver the efficiency aspect of the evaluation due to its expertise in value for money analysis. Using programme cost and outcome data made available, cost analysis of the programme was conducted and cost per specific programme output estimated. In addition, findings from the qualitative aspect of the evaluation was used to inform the quantitative data analysis and results.

This evaluation will help GOAL improve its future programming through capturing the successes as well as the challenges of this programme and lessons learned.

Impact

  • Project reached 7% more beneficiaries/extremely vulnerable children and youths than plan, within the same budget
  • Combined cost, quantitative and qualitative analysis to evaluate efficiency
  • Partnered with Freetown-based Institute for Development

Client Testimonial

  • The analysis LAMP made on the case study was very useful for the implementing partners and for users of the report to see the impact of the interventions in monetary and statistical terms. The benefits of both interventions were clearly seen. LAMP were very proactive in data collection and were flexible with regards to challenges in obtaining required data; they were quick to come up with alternative methods to capture data and were able to make use of the limited data available.

    - Crown Agents
  • The framework was very well received by the team. The engagement was carried out in a planned, consultative and thorough manner.  LAMP’s communication style, interaction with partners, response timeliness are all excellent.

    - Solar Nigeria Programme (SNP)
  • LAMP’s project objectives were achieved, and we received positive feedback from DFID on the final output. The report led to some interesting discussions with DFID and between partners. The number-crunching and the organization of data was excellent. I think we worked very well together. Jennifer and Susie were always prompt and responsive.

    - Senior manager – M&E, KEEP
  • Lamp Development provided expertise to help shape our VFM Approach. They worked in a collaborative style, built a strong working relationship with staff and produced practical outputs which is exactly what we asked for. The outputs have already been used by our Project Managers to improve how we report VfM within on-going projects and words have also been included to increase our VfM scoring within bids. Thanks for all the help!

    - Practice Lead, Governance and State Building, Crown Agents
  • We worked with LAMP for an evaluation of an adolescent suicide prevention project in Kazakhstan. LAMP were very professional in defining the scope of the cost-effectiveness stream of work, in dealing with the client, and in delivering within a quick time-frame when the data did arrive! We would work with them again. 

    - Health Team Leader, Itad

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