Empowerment and Accountability Macro Evaluation

The main focus of the Empowerment and Accountability macro evaluation is to analyse the portfolio of DFID empowerment and accountability projects supported during the life of the policy frame to understand what works, for whom, in what contexts and why?

Kibera13_Kenya_Trocaire‘Empowerment and Accountability’ is an ambiguous term. To define the boundaries of the evaluation, we have been guided by DFID’s Theory of Change for Empowerment and Accountability, which focuses on three main areas, social accountability, political accountability and economic empowerment.

Our evaluation approach centres on the comparative analysis of sets of projects with a common objective.  We apply an innovative methodology, which combines Qualitative Comparative Analysis with narrative analysis, to identify what works in different contexts and why. We have applied this methodology to a set of 50 DFID social accountability projects. Summary findings are available here, and the detailed report on the findings here.

To aid the macro evaluation Itad has compiled a database of all 361 DFID projects relevant to the policy frame and analysed this portfolio.  The database helps us understand the nature of DFID’s empowerment and accountability project portfolio.

You can find out more about the Empowerment and Accountability project portfolio.

You can also do your own searches on the macro evaluation database, which gives you access to all the projects we are working with and key documentation.

Take a look at our blog where we share some of our reflections on the macro evaluation’s pilot phase and to learn about our progress as we apply our refined methodology to a set of social accountability focused projects.

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