Institute for Development Impact (I4DI) recently completed an independent evaluation of the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF), a $14.5 million program funded by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) during the 2013-2015 implementation period.
The CSEF program contributes to national education goals and Education for All by providing core financing, technical assistance and capacity support, and opportunities for cross-country learning to civil society coalitions focused on education in developing countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. CSEF supports national civil society organisations and citizens in participating in national, region and global education dialogue and sector planning and review. The Global Partnership for Education provides funding for CSEF, and the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a civil society movement working to end the global education crisis, coordinates the program.
Contracted in April 2015 by the GCE, I4DI pulled together an exceptional team of four evaluators to conduct this evaluation. The team brought over four decades of experience with results-based evaluations and impact assessments, as well as over 20 years of experience in international education programming, education advocacy, human rights and gender integration across a vast geographic range of countries.
Our team conducted a mixed-methods participatory evaluation, structured against the OECD – DAC evaluation criteria, featuring questionnaires, in-person interviews, Skype/telephone interviews and focus group discussions. Evaluation results were measured against the given CSEF results framework and corresponding conceptual theory of change designed by I4DI.
Questionnaires were used for national education coalitions in each of the 54 countries in which CSEF delivers programs, as well as a range of regional and global structures. Questionnaires were implemented using SurveyMonkey and analysed using R statistical software. Fieldwork (consisting of interviews and focus group discussions) was conducted in seven countries: Cambodia, Malawi, Moldova, Nicaragua, Senegal, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The evaluation team conducted over 150 in-country case study interviews and close to 50 interviews with GPE, GCE and other international partner agencies.