Researching and Evaluating Projects
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Zafrik also conducts project evaluations for various organizations. The types of project evaluations we conduct include: project appraisals, base-line, mid-line and end-line evaluations. All you have to do is choose the type of evaluation service you require and we will be happy to help.
What is a project?
This is the most commonly asked question. A project is a personal or organizational enterprise undertaken with pre-determined goals and objectives. For a project to succeed the initiators must carefully and systematically plan on how to implement it with the projects aim in mind.
What is project evaluation?
Project evaluation is a well planned assessment of a project under implementation or one that has completed. The figure below shows the key areas of project evaluation.
These evaluations are in stages and of different types including: baseline, mid-line and end-line evaluations. The key types of project evaluations are discussed below:
A baseline project evaluation is an assessment conducted before the project is implemented. The baseline evaluation is important for the following reasons:
- It lays the project framework;
- helps state project priority areas/ inform stakeholders;
- Gives the first contact with the project beneficiaries and their expectations;
- Requirement from project sponsors; and
- Lays grounds of assessment and accountability
B) Mid-line Evaluation
As the name suggests, a mid-line project evaluation is an assessment conducted half way in the projects implementation period. The evaluation is conducted to ascertain the effectiveness of the methods and strategies of project implementation. The findings from the mid-line evaluation may be used to propose changes which will promote successful implementation of the project for the remaining half of the project period.
C) End-line Evaluation
The collection of qualitative and quantitative data for end-line evaluation requires an exhaustive and wider consultations. This is in order to collect relevant data, priorities and specific needs as they relate to the project. It also require perusal of materials printed, online, field data collection and consultations with various stakeholders who were part of the project implementation process. In a nutshell, end-line evaluations are conducted for:
- assess the impact and effectiveness of the project against the projects log-frame and baseline;
- assess how well the activities of the project were conducted;
- provide and draw out examples of best practices from the project for future replication;
- assess the extent to which the project has established and built capacities in the project implementation areas; and
- Compare the match between the actual and alternative budget;