Launched in March 2018, DICE – a £7.5million programme – seeks to promote sustainable and inclusive development by stimulating and strengthening social and creative enterprise ecosystems. The programme operates in five emerging economies – Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa – in partnership with the UK. The global DICE team works purposefully and collaboratively across silos, systems, sectors, organisations, generations and borders to deliver global and in-country initiatives. Every DICE activity is designed specifically to empower women and girls, foster youth employment and/or promote disabled people and other marginalised groups’ inclusion and economic empowerment.
This evaluation will answer key questions about DICE’s achievements to allow the British Council to learn about the programme’s effects, to support adaptive management, and to strengthen delivery in real time. In addition, the evaluation will build the capacity of the DICE team to conduct MEL work. The importance of learning in evaluation is core to Itad’s principles and we value collaboration for the purposes of learning, to assist development actors in making informed decisions.
To help the DICE team understand the programme’s impact, the team will use a theory-based approach to test the assumptions and causal pathways in the DICE theory of change (ToC). As DICE is implemented in diverse and complex contexts, which can influence programme results in the area of sustainable and inclusive growth, we are applying contribution analysis (CA) in the evaluation to identify evidence that DICE activities have contributed to results.
Central to DICE’s mandate is empowering women and girls, fostering youth employment and promoting persons with disabilities (PWD) and other marginalised groups inclusion and economic empowerment. With this in mind, our evaluation approach is gender responsive and focuses on inclusion more broadly. We will work with the DICE team to assess the extent to which DICE is sensitive to inclusion issues in its design, implementation and results.
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