Crown Agents – Value for Money framework

UK

The Project

LAMP worked with Crown Agents, an international development organisation, to develop their corporate approach to Value for Money with a focus on their technical assistance programmes. This was a collaborative process that developed Crown Agents’ own unique selling points into a VFM strategy. LAMP created a VfM checklist to support Crown Agents as they deliver VfM. LAMP also produced a practical guideline for project managers as they develop their own VfM framework for UK Aid-funded programmes.

Impact

  • LAMP created a practical guide to think about VfM when bidding for or developing a project
  • Interviews were held with Crown Agents teams so the framework could build on existing approaches and systems
  • A 'brown bag lunch' was organised with over 30 members of staff as a knowledge sharing exercise on VfM

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)

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