UNICEF Malawi Structurally Facilitated Integration Developmental Evaluation

Phase I Report

A family in Nkhatabay outside their home preparing food
UNICEF Malawi/2020/Homeline Media


The Malawi Country Office (MCO) is embarking on an exciting journey, seeking better outcomes for children of Malawi through structurally facilitated integration. They are at the beginning of developing a framework to define and understand structurally facilitated integration and are amidst the fertile mess of creativity and change. This report is the summative documentation of Phase 1 of the Developmental Evaluation (DE), leading to a full design of a DE1 which is intended to support and chart this journey.
This report aims to assist MCO Change Leadership in viewing and reflecting on the current state of changes the MCO is undertaking and the extent to which staff are involved, understanding, and supportive of those changes. It presents and is organized by a Theory of Change that identifies the five steps or stages to achieve their goal of structurally facilitated integration: 1) Vision; 2) Experiment; 3) Scale and grow; 4) Innovate deep systems; and 5) Continuous iteration.
The MCO, through the CPD development process, has accomplished phase 1—creating and agreeing to a child-centered framework. In alignment with the beginning of the new CPD, the MCO began experimenting with matrix management, task teams, software, and (soon to be) planning tools to bring about greater integration. Through the process of these initial experiments (phase 2) the MCO is discovering new ideas to experiment with and are already making adjustments and decisions, shifting some things gradually into phase 3. Drawing on extensive secondary data review, an all staff survey, two site visits, and key informant interview, this report goes through Phases 1 and 2 of the theory of change documenting the specific actions and status of activities.

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