Project Summary: Catalyst ‘walked alongside’ BGCBigs for 3 years, using a developmental, participatory approach, to develop an evaluation framework, build organizational capacity for evaluation and knowledge utilization, and integrate beneficiaries’ voices.
We worked with an advisory committee comprising senior-level community and government stakeholders, and grounded the work in research literature. Catalyst developed tools or found validated tools, and applied meta-evaluation processes with staff to ensure capacity building and sustainability of learning. Environmental scan processes were used to develop a quality assurance matrix for user-friendly analysis, and a catalogue of validated tools and indicators of quality evaluation for agency use going forward.
Evaluation capacity building emphasized collaboration and co-design and implementation. These increased staff and board understanding of evaluation processes, quality evaluation, reporting at various levels and mobilizing/using results for positive change at organizational, policy and sector levels.
A final stage focused on engaging beneficiaries (e.g., children, youth, parents, volunteers) in a culturally responsive, culturally safe and inclusive ways. Creativity was used to address challenges in key areas. E.g., beneficiary data collection, and organizational and staff learning.
The evaluation and capacity building resulted in improved practices, agency policies (on evaluation and beneficiary inclusion) and a new evaluation function/department. Knowledge continues to be mobilized in multiple ways, including presentations and publications.