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Monitoring and Evaluation for the DFID Somalia Humanitarian Programme

 

The Context:

Stats4SD provides long-term support for humanitarian aid work in Somalia, funded through DFID and the Norwegian Refugee Council (via the BRCiS Consortium).

Somalia is a challenging environment to conduct M&E activities. It is a dynamic environment with a high mobility of households, nomadic communities and internally displaced persons. There is also a high risk of household and community-level shocks that can dramatically affect livelihoods. Much of the work of these projects is to reduce the risks presented by these shocks.

In this environment, things don’t go according to plan. Last-minute changes occur and the humanitarian activities that go ahead need to be flexible. It is vital for organisations working in these environments to get reliable answers to the questions that M&E aim to answer:

  • What actually happened?
  • How effective was it?

 

What did we do?

Stats4SD has considerable experience in working in these challenging environments, and we have supported the work of Transtec and BRCiS throughout the M&E process, from the design of data collection instruments through to the analysis and reporting of outcomes.

Evaluation of Humanitarian Interventions:

We supported four panel surveys for over two years across Somalia covering intervention and counterfactual communities. These were designed to measure the effects of the humanitarian interventions being conducted.

Challenges in data collection and analysis included the tracking of households over several survey rounds, high attrition rates and complicated intervention-effect attribution due to a dynamic and complex system.

Stats4SD provided a combination of a “classic” evaluation, comparing the intervention group with the control group, along with real-time monitoring of the data-collection process.

Real-time Data for BRCiS Projects:

We are also working with the BRCiS Consortium to help manage their data and generate information products for the NGOs.

The Statistical Services Centre (University of Reading) worked closely with BRCiS to develop an integrated data management system for all their activities. During Autumn 2016, Stats4SD expanded on this work by creating a centralised “Managers’ Tool” – providing a central location for teams to review and update information about the activities within BRCiS projects.

It is often the case in M&E that a large collection of isolated studies is conducted, offering limited insights and often too late to be useful. Using web automations, efficient data collection tools and powerful server-side analysis tools, Stats4SD can give useful information to the right people at the right time. Ultimately, we can start to change the question from “What happened?” to “What is happening?”

We are happy to offer this support to others. Please contact us.