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Evaluation of UNICEF Strategic Positioning in India

This report presents the findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons learned of an evaluation of UNICEF’s Strategic Positioning in India.

The evaluation focused on whether UNICEF’s strategic approach has contributed to better positioning UNICEF in the national development agenda of India. As well, a primary focus of the evaluation was to assess the UNICEF India Country Office (ICO) strategy with respect to the Theory of Change and the extent to which the UNICEF strategic approach has helped to accelerate and
strengthen the achievement of higher level results.

The evaluation was undertaken between June and October 2011 by a team of five consultants, three Canadian and two Indian. Field visits were undertaken in India from August 8-28. The objectives of the evaluation were to:

• Determine to what extent, and how, the UNICEF overarching strategies outlined in the 2008-12 Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP), have contributed to better positioning UNICEF in the national development agenda of India;

• Measure the extent to which the key strategies accelerated and strengthened the achievement of higher level results, beyond the sum of the various sector results of the programme sections;

• Provide findings, conclusions, and recommendations to inform the 2013-2017 UNICEF CPAP, particularly in the strategies to be set forth in the new CPAP; and

• Provide findings, conclusions, and recommendations that can be shared with other parts of UNICEF, national, state, and district
partners, and other counterparts who share UNICEF’s values and mission.

The findings, conclusions, and recommendations presented below are based on three primary methods: i) a desk review of documents,

ii) structured interviews with UNICEF staff, government officials, NGOs and civil society in Delhi, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan, and iii) eight case studies in four states and two at the national level.

The evaluation findings are organized in accordance with the evaluation issues of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and
sustainability, preceded by an assessment of the Theory of Change, which underpins how UNICEF supports the pilot and scaling-up of innovations in India. These issues conform to the OECD DAC standards for evaluation.

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