Programme Partnership Agreements (PPAs) are one of DFID’s main support mechanisms to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The PPAs are strategic level agreements based around mutually agreed outcomes and individual performance frameworks against which the organisations report on an annual basis.
In 2012 all NGOs receiving support from DFID under the current PPA scheme (2011-2014) were required to conduct an independent mid-term evaluation of their grant’s performance. Itad, in collaboration with Ipsos MORI, were commissioned by Oxfam to carry out their mid-term evaluation covering the first 15 months of the 2011-2014 grant period. A core challenge was the need to robustly examine the proposition that the mixed funding approaches through the PPA can improve the quality of Oxfam programmes while recognising that the implementation was still at a relatively early stage.
The evaluation work included an assessment of the added value of PPA funding on Oxfam’s programming, learning, and impact; plus extensive document analysis and interviews with a range of stakeholders. Country visits and reports took place in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Pakistan and an online survey was also conducted. Evaluation questions were based around value for money, impact, attribution and added value.
The evaluation report was well received by Oxfam and, importantly, scored very highly by the DFID reviewers as a particularly robust and thorough evaluation.Image © Food, Farming, Fishing_Itad