ROPE Design

HR&S has develop a unique tool for evaluation planning the “Real-time outcome planning and evaluation” tool (ROPE). The evaluation planning tool Real-time Outcome Planning and Evaluation (ROPE) provides a strategy for designing, monitoring and evaluation interventions. It measures progress real-time, captures lesson learned and provide opportunity for redesign of the programmes in relation to the lessons learned.

HR&S states that successful interventions depend on local ownership and therefor a needs driven approach. A needs driven approach is  defined by HR&S as an activity developed by the person or the institution that will be implementing the activity in actual practice (the Target partners) and thus are the stakeholders that will be in a position of ensuring long-term sustainability.

The target of the Real-time outcome planning and evaluation (ROPE) tool is therefore the Target Partners and the core of all ROPE programmes is the ambitions of the Target partners. The ROPE structures operations by compiling the ambitions of the Target partners, as well as outcome challenges they are constrained by, and then providing the means necessary to overcome those challenges. After having identified the ambitions of the Target partners, the ROPE compiles the challenges that the Target partners face. Those challenges describe the reasons for why the Target partners are not doing what they want to do to reach their goals. We call the compilation of challenges Outcome challenges. After defining the Outcome challenges, quality values such as truth, trust harmony, equity and resilience is considered and thereafter cross-cultural understanding, learning and partnership. The partners agree on the definition of equal partnership. Expectations are discussed and agreed on, core-values are reflected on as well as the sharing of inputs and benefits.

Then a Sustainable economy scheme is developed and a plan for quality Institutional capacity. To reach sustainable economy the programmes can for example be run as social enterprises or components of the National development programme. A social enterprise shall generate revenue that covers all programme costs, as well as pays company tax in the country of operation. A sustainable economy is required for the Target partners as well as for the Programme partners. A crucial component of the ROPE is also that all Programme partners s have strong enough institutional capacity to manage the program. The institutional capacity includes aspects as mission, vision, strategy, goals, sustainable economy, evaluation planning, strategic partners, visibility, staff, volunteers, management, board, infrastructure, and finance administration and accounting.

Linked to each section above is a Progress marker. The purpose with the Progress markers is to enable evaluation planning of the program activities. Thus, the Progress markers are well defined indicators which can be easily monitored and assessed. The progress markers then define the Output Map. The Output Map is a set of concrete activities that needs to be addressed to reach the goals of the Target partners. At this time, when everything has been considered, then, and only then is it time to develop an Input map; who does, what and when and what other resources is required, besides work hours.

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Program Journal Template DESIGN_v.10.01