Research Capacity And Capability
This Small Project endeavoured to evaluate the impacts of participatory planning for urban water infrastructure and rural livelihoods adaptation in Indonesia
Two Indonesian projects and partners were the focus: Makassar Sustainable Urban Development (with Hasanuddin University), and Climate Adaptation Strategies for Rural Livelihoods in Nusa Tenggara Barat Province (with the University of Mataram). The Small Grants project involved repeating evaluation workshops and stakeholder interviews in April-June 2015 that had first been undertaken at the end of the Alliance projects in April-June 2014, thus enabling the tracking of progress along each project’s Impact Pathway 1 year after project completion.
A significant limitation amongst many current impact evaluation methodologies is that a narrow set of approaches is often used to evaluate complex development issues. This means that impacts may be only partially described, and this is compounded by a lack of clarity around the validation and attribution of impacts to particular interventions. The Alliance approach applied mixed methods to overcome many of these challenges, allowing us to evaluate and quantify the impact of the individual projects, and to provide an opportunity for reflection by the project teams and hence further build capacity through learning.
Our approach was based on three facets:
The results of the exercises demonstrated that with a small additional investment, project impacts can be effectively estimated and attributed. In addition, the process of self-reflection was shown to rekindle project teams’ efforts to maintain momentum, and to tackle barriers to impact that they had identified. We suggest that the Alliance methodology demonstrated by this Small Grants project could be usefully applied to other projects in the AIC portfolio.
‘Evaluating the impacts of participatory planning for urban water infrastructure and rural livelihoods adaptation in Indonesia’: Small Grants Report
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