DFID’s Supporting Partnerships for Accountability and Civil Engagement (SPACE) programme aims to address the challenges and opportunities for citizen engagement with the government to improve local governance and responsiveness to service delivery arising from Myanmar’s challenging democratic transition.
SPACE supports engagement across a number of components that addresses the different supply and demand-side constraints faced by both civil society and government – at the sub-national level – in order to generate policy-relevant lessons as to ‘what works best’ in different areas.
The programme includes four components – three are implementing change and supporting instructive engagement with civil society through technical assistance and grant funds (Pyoe Pin; Centre for Good Governance; Local Development Grant Funds). The fourth component is Evidence and Leaning and has been designed to ensure:
- coherence of the SPACE theory of change and cross-component management
- strategic operational research
- support the use of evidence for policy in the arena of local citizen-state engagement, responsiveness and accountability in Myanmar
It is managed by IPE TripleLine in association with Itad and the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University.
Itad leads the evaluation of SPACE. We are undertaking an impact evaluation starting with an evaluation framework and a baseline assessment to lead to a mid-term and summative impact evaluation. These elements of the evaluation will focus on assessing the contribution of each of the four interventions to changes at the outcome and impact level. Throughout the evaluation we will seek to synthesise the overall results and achievements of SPACE, ensure learning feeds back into programming, and demonstrate how the evidence and findings can inform policy-making.
Contact Chris Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to discuss this project.
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