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2009 OPT: Evaluation of UNICEF-Supported Training Activities in Occupied Palestinian Territory



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Background

The Evaluation process is defined as “An assessment as systematic and impartial as possible, of an activity, project, programme, strategy, policy, topic, theme, sector, operational area or institutional performance. It focuses on expected and achieved accomplishments examining the results chain, processes, contextual factors, causality, in order to understand achievements or the lack thereof. It aims at determining the relevance, impact, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the interventions and contributions of the organizations”.

Under the partnership between UNICEF (OPT) and Birzeit University Center for Continuing Education, an evaluation mission was performed in West Bank and Gaza Strip to assess the effectiveness and relevance of UNICEF- supported training activities in OPT during the years (2006-2007).

Purpose/Objectives

The evaluation mission focused on:
 Assessing the relevance of training as an operational strategy for capacity-building:
 Assessing the process of planning training activities, including quality of training materials; trainee participation and feedback; trainers’ capacity; training design & methodology etc.
 Assess the contribution of the training activities to program/ projects’ objectives

The evaluation team has utilized a participatory approach in applying the qualitative assessment methods and tools. The evaluation focused on addressing the overall objectives of:
 Assessing the relevance and effectiveness of training activities supported by the UNICEF –PA Programme of Cooperation over the two-year period (2006-2007);
 Provision of recommendations that will contribute to improving training programs particularly in regard to their relevance, purpose, processes and the monitoring systems put in place to measure training results.

Methodology

The evaluation mission has maximized the recruitment of a utilization and participatory based approach where feasible. A number of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and tools were used including meetings and interviews with UNICEF partners and stakeholders, focus group discussions with trainings participants, document review and participants questionnaire. Due to the large number of training interventions between 2006 and 2007 about 186 trainings, a sample size of 24 trainings representing 10 percent (10%) of the total population was selected using a stratified cluster random selection process.

As part of the participatory approach, the data collection methods and tools were shared and discussed with stakeholders prior to finalization. In general, evaluation themes and questions were tailored in accordance with the articulated objectives. The evaluation team has collected the data through a number of focus groups and interviewing relevant stakeholders and reviewing resources related to the training programs conducted by UNICEF.

Conclusion/Recommendation

The evaluation mission concluded with a number of main findings and recommendations including; such as the demand for long term capacity building interventions for target groups using a mixed approach of knowledge and practice to be complemented by coaching and on-the-job training, Need to build partners’ capacities in assessment, in addition to that; it was highly recommended to design the curriculum and sessions in line with the trainees’ gaps in performance.



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