Assignment Name:

Final Evaluation of “ALO: Alternative Livelihood Options”

Name of Client:
Funded by:

Traidcraft Exchange, Bangladesh Country Office
Big Lottery Fund (BL)

Duration of assignment (months):
Start date (month/year):
Completion date (month/year):

2 Months
September 2016
November 2016

Location within country:
Total No. of staff-months of the assignment:

Netrakona, Mymensingh, and Sherpur
2 Months

Narrative description of Project:

The Alternative Livelihood Options (ALO) is a four-year project in five Upazillas (Sub-district) of three districts of North-East Bangladesh- Netrakona, Mymensingh, and Sherpur. The project was managed by Traidcraft Exchange (TX) and co-implemented by Development Wheel (DEW) with 3 local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), GRAMAUS-Mymensingh, SUS-Netrakona and RDS-Sherpur Districts. The project, implemented from November 2012 to October 2016, aimed to ensure sustainable livelihoods for poor and marginal communities, particularly women, in the selected districts through improvements to small-scale agriculture. Innovision was contracted to undertake a final evaluation to assess the project against its stated goals and objectives to derive lessons learned for Traidcraft and its partners.

The overall objectives of the evaluation were to:

  • Determine how much change happened with regard to the project outcome indicators
  • Identify impact, whether it would be sustained and ways to sustain it. Therefore, assess whether the project made the right interventions/facilitations looking at relevance, output, impact and sustainability with respect to planned Outcomes.
  • Assess if the project organizational structure, management, planning and implementation process were effective and efficient.
  • Draw key lessons learned to contribute to the organisational learning of Traidcraft and its partners
  • Make recommendations for further development of the project and/or provide guidance for similar projects in the future
  • Present the key findings of the evaluation at the dissemination workshop, support the discussions, and integrate key points into the final report. To independently verify (and supplement where necessary), grantees’ record of achievement as reported through Annual Reports and defined in the project’s Logframe.

Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:

The key methods that Innovision Consulting used to conduct the evaluation were: Analysis of findings generated from Monitoring Data Base (Quantitative Method), Literature/Desk Review (Qualitative), Consultation with Staff (Qualitative), Key Informant Interview (KII- Qualitative), Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Small Group Meetings and Physical Observations. Using a checklist/guideline, the Innovision team conducted a total of 14 FGDs with around 350 members of different types of groups: Bengali (Male, Female and Mixed by sex), Ethnic (Male, Female and Mixed by sex) and Ethnic Mixed groups (male/female and Bengali and Ethnic). Small group meetings were held with Association members, neighbours of the beneficiaries and informed non-beneficiary members of the communities. These small group meetings constituted 2 Upazila Association Meetings; 1 District Association Meetings; 1 Regional Association Meeting) which also included meeting with neighboring farmers). Innovision also conducted 30 KIIs with personnel from the project, national partners, local CSOs, Association Leaders, External Stakeholders from various government agencies (Agriculture, Fish, Livestock, Youth, Women, Cooperatives, Social welfare, Medical officer) and Private Service Providers (PSPs). Through conducting interviews, 3 case studies were developed on multiple project beneficiaries in different project areas. Innovision submitted a report with all the key findings and recommendations fulfilling the objective of the study.

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