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Providing monitoring, evaluation and learning support to the CSSF Overseas Territories

Itad is supporting the UK Government’s Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) Overseas Territories (OTs) teams to develop systems, relevant Theory of Changes, Value for Money frameworks, and build monitoring, evaluation and learning capacity.


Itad plays a key role in driving the success of CSSF OTs programs through its partnership in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL).

By developing robust MEL systems, employing innovative monitoring techniques and providing targeted training and mentoring, we support CSSF OTs teams to make well-informed decisions. Our emphasis on thematic evaluations and knowledge product development deepens teams’ understanding, fostering evidence-based program design.

With a focus on adaptability and sustainability, we provide extensive training and resources to ensure continuous support and a culture of learning. We also support CSSF to maximise its resource efficiency through integrating Value for Money considerations within the programme.

Overall, Itad’s transformative approach significantly enhances program impact and sustainability, advancing stability, security, and conflict resolution in the regions.

Our role

We are providing comprehensive support with the aim to enhance the effectiveness and impact of CSSF programs by fostering a culture of continuous learning and evidence-based decision-making.

Our work employs innovative techniques, such as satellite data and Geographic Information Systems for effective outcome monitoring.

We conduct various evaluations, from rapid project reviews to thematic evaluations, to assess program effectiveness and sustainability.

We also promote learning and knowledge development through accessible knowledge products, facilitating learning sessions, training and tailored MEL toolkits. We are also establishing MEL champions within the programme and creating a dedicated MEL Helpdesk.

Additionally, we are contributing to the development of a Value for Money (VfM) framework, emphasising both the ‘process’ aspects of VfM and the broader impact on Political Access and Influence (PAI) and integrated HMG delivery.

Methods and approaches

Itad provides support across four workstreams for CSSF OTs offices throughout the life of the programme.

  1. MEL Systems Strengthening

Involves developing MEL systems, ToC (Theory of Change), and Results Frameworks (RF), emphasising prioritisation, consistency, and coaching. Special focus is given to areas like Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), conflict sensitivity, and political access and influence.

  1. Outcome Monitoring and Verification

This includes the use of evaluative monitoring techniques, outcome monitoring, PAI monitoring, and context monitoring tools. Techniques such as outcome harvesting and contribution analysis are employed to track progress effectively.

  1. Evaluation and Research

Focuses on rapid project reviews, comprehensive program evaluations, thematic evaluations, and portfolio-level evaluation strategies. The aim is to identify evidence gaps, ensure timely evaluations, and deepen the understanding of program effectiveness.

  1. Learning

Utilises a peer-learning approach, blending training and learning sessions to build MEL capability and confidence among CSSF teams. The strategy involves facilitating learning sessions, encouraging reflection and developing knowledge products tailored for diverse audiences.

Additionally, our overall approach integrates a robust VfM (Value for Money) framework, emphasising strategic benefits and the impact of CSSF programming on UK strategic objectives.

Outcomes and impact

We aim to transform CSSF Ots teams’ MEL structure to allow teams to make swift, informed decisions and to support programme utility and adaptation. We aim to emphasise collaborative efforts, inclusivity, and adaptability, promoting a continuous learning culture within CSSF programs.

This transformative approach will significantly amplify the impact and sustainability of CSSF OTs programs, advancing stability, security, and conflict resolution in the regions.

Read about more of our work on the CSSF.

Team members
Becky Sibson Jo Robinson