ROPE - Evaluation planning
ROPE - Evaluation planning addresses outcome and impact related to:
- The challenges identified by the Target partners.
- Cross-cultural understanding.
- Quality values.
- Sustainable economy.
- Institutional capacity.
The ROPE addresses a logical relationship between the inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impact of a programme. The purpose with ROPE - Evaluation planning is to assess the causal relationships between the elements of the program; if the resources are available for a programme, then the activities can be implemented, if the activities are implemented successfully then outputs are provided, certain outcomes can then be expected short term and impact can be expected long-term.
ROPE argues that a reasonable contribution causal claim can be made if:
- There is a reasoned results chain that is supported by evidence and are agreed upon by most of the stake-holders.
- Other influencing factors have been assessed and either shown not to have made a significant contribution or their relative role in contributing to the desired result has been recognized.
The ROPE Evaluation planning builds on a sequence of monitoring and evaluation events, for with dates, participants and results are recorded. The monitoring preferably starts at the same time as the design of the program. Methods for collecting monitoring data are designed to best match the lay-out of the programme. Monitoring data collected via local partners and inserted into the journals.
Lessons learned from the monitoring and evaluation exercises are fed into the Journal and are used for programme design revisions. The outcome evaluation planning is preferably done real-time so that the lessons learned can directly contribute to the evaluation planning in actual practice.
All ROPE related information is compiled in a master document, the Programme journal (PJ), and each programme develop its own Journal. The Programme journals are quite ambitious, as a result of the complexity of cross-cultural development and social enterprising collaboration, but shall only be used to frame the work. Thus, the work with the PJs is iterative, and the Journals build up with time. The PJ consist of three sections the Design, the Monitoring and scoring and the Evaluation planning.
External programme design
HR&S offers coaching on designing ROPE programmes for new development programmes and social enterprises. Larger programmes can be supported with structuring their programmes using IT project management platforms.
External evaluation and evaluation planning
HR&S offers external evaluation of on-going and concluded programmes, as well as coaching on outcome evaluation planning for on-going programmes. The assignments can contain the following steps, but the details are negotiated with the partner.