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We decided to spend some time celebrate our ninth aniversary by evaluating our work to assess the extent to which LGBT Voice Tanzania) projects has started bringing about anticipated changes, to examine which factors have proved critical in helping or hindering change and draw lessons for future programming. The main objectives of the evaluation were to:
1 Evaluate the output /outcomes and impact of our project against our objectives.
2 .Assess the project structures, methodologies and capacity development.
3 Appraise the organization`s partnership approach (including management structures, communications and relationships) to community implementation, research and advocacy in relation to the project’s achievements.
4 Assess the project’s financial management and value for money.
5. Draw lessons for future programming.
A. Relevance: did we do the right thing in the right way?
In general, respondents felt that although the organization’s objectives were pre-determined they are relevant to the context and it would be preferable to deepen the focus on the issues addressed during the first last years rather than broaden out to include others. In addition it was widely recognized that, given the indivisible nature of rights, by focusing on three or four, more would also be addressed.
B. Impact: is the organization achieving results?
Although the organization have implemented three projects in four years, the evaluation finds that to a large extent, what was planned was achieved, and whilst it has been difficult to measure results due to the lack of a comprehensive M&E system, the majority of activities were implemented as emergency response.
C. Partnerships: working better together
Little was done however to engage at national level with, Coalitions or other NGOs working on similar areas, which limited the organization’s potential to achieve advocacy objectives
D. Value for money: economy, efficiency and effectiveness
For LGBT Voice Tanzania, value for money encompasses a range of factors including the extent to which the organization is able to deliver on its promises to rights-holders whilst simultaneously ensuring effective management of costs, guaranteeing efficiency in delivery and using the right approaches. Although broader value for money questions can be addressed by many of the issues raised in the sections on relevance, impact and sustainability, this section sought to focus primarily on those related to economy, efficiency and effectiveness. this report cannot fully do justice to the degree of actual impact achieved over the for years period
E. Sustainability: ensuring ownership and lasting change.
There is some evidence already that the approach used was potentially conducive to longer-term sustainability due to the high-levels of engagement it encourages from the outset, particularly in terms of its capacity to mobilize civil society and other key stakeholders in the collection and analysis of data on the implementation of LGBT ’s rights. To sustain this momentum, it will be crucial to continue the focus on developing capacity, skills and understanding of different stakeholders.
Finally, by strengthening links between local and national advocacy work, ideally in association with a strong advocacy partner and by making best use of the available research and policy information, fact sheets and policy briefs the organization will stand a greater chance of pushing for specific changes to the legal and policy framework to ensure longer term impact.
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