The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) is a global initiative to secure more international support to sustain civil society advocacy for education. Coordinated by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and through regional agencies, CSEF supports civil society coalitions to engage citizens in education sector policy, planning, budgeting and monitoring in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and Eastern Europe. CSEF has established four objectives:
- Objective 1 – Policy Participation: Formal civil society participation in education sector policy and review processes and engagement with policy-makers and parliamentarians is strengthened and better recognized.
- Objective 2 – Public awareness and coalition-building: National Education Coalitions are actively strengthening grassroots capacity to access and participate in education sector debates, through building awareness, knowledge and skills, and opening opportunities to participate.
- Objective 3 – Quality research, monitoring and analysis: Civil society research and analysis effectively contributes to national government plans, policies, financing and practices that better achieve the right to quality education for all and the six EFA goals.
- Objective 4 – Cross-country learning and networks for change: The CSEF project builds the quality and impact of civil society engagement in the education sector through promoting partnerships, strengthening South-South collaboration, sharing learning, and facilitating impact on global policy processes.
The purpose of the evaluation was to support reflection on achieved effectiveness (and the challenges involved) of the approaches adopted in the CSEF programme and to provide evidence of the impact of CSEF’s work to support further access to funding and other forms of programme buy-in and support. The evaluation is both summative and formative, with a strong emphasis on drawing together lessons and recommendations to inform improvements and structural changes for the future of CSEF from 2016-2018. As such, the evaluation is intended both as an accountability tool and a learning opportunity.
The evaluation methodology was built around the five OECD DAC evaluation criteria: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. The evaluation used three main sources of data: i) people; ii) documents, files, publications and relevant literature; and iii) observations during field work in the seven countries selected for case studies. The evaluation was carried out in four phases: inception and document review, fieldwork, surveys and analysis/ reporting.