Project: Final Evaluation of the Better Health for Older People in Africa project(2017)

Role: Evaluator

Activities: Delivered a summative evaluation of this three-year, four-country programme that built on previous activities, using Contribution Analysis, Process Tracing, Outcome Harvesting and PRA exercises.  Visiting all four countries and conducting primary data collection to understand the results achieved and the potential impact that the project could deliver over time.  HelpAge is using the evaluation to inform future programme design, reporting to the donor, to influence organisational learning and to improve the way it works.

Project: Final Evaluation of HelpAge’s Portfolio of Projects: Preventing HIV and AIDS and alleviating its impact in Multigenerational Households (February – June 2013)

Role: Lead Evaluator

Activities: This complex five-year, five-country, £5m portfolio of nine projects aimed to develop models of good practice of working with people over the age of 50; addressing their needs for information about HIV and AIDS, increasing awareness and access to voluntary counseling and testing, providing support for grandparents looking after their grandchildren, providing microfinancing for older people to start small-scale businesses to support at risk households, providing support to older people and orphans to secure their inheritance rights, and working with traditional health practitioners to increase the quality and level of information available to their clients.

Working closely with HelpAge’s team at the regional development centre in Nairobi, my colleague Mimi Khan and I conducted a detailed impact evaluation on one of the projects and undertook rapid impact assessment on all other projects.  Using a mix of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, we visited every local implementing partner NGO and most beneficiary groups that participated in the portfolio.

We delivered five country reports, a final synthesis report and sets of raw data from which we had drawn some of our conclusions.

Dr Douglas Lackey, Regional Advocacy and Communications Manager said, “You have produced a very informative, analytical, stimulating and crucial document for us. We were very lucky to have you as the lead consultant.”

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