ACT has been commissioned by UNITAID to evaluate the results of a health project of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) in malaria-affected countries.

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Country : Global
Period : April – July 2018
Client : UNITAID
Donor : World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO recommends universal parasitological confirmation of all patients suspected of having malaria before treatment, which is dependent on the availability of high quality diagnosis at all levels of the health system. Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are a key tool for routine diagnosis of malaria. These portable and disposable tests are simple to use, and do not require laboratory infrastructure. Since 2013, UNITAID has provided support to the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) to implement a project on Sustainable Global and National Quality Control for Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (grant of $US 9.4 M) with the ultimate goal to establish sustainable standards to ensure quality malaria RDTs are increasingly used to support rationale treatment of malaria in endemic countries. This project thus aims to develop improved and affordable quality standards and practices for malaria RDTs to support quality control of RDTs at two different points in the supply chain.

ACT for Performance’s team assessed the project’s results of this End of project Evaluation FIND QARDT grant against the objectives and targets initially set, assess the sustainability of the RDT quality process going forward, and formulate lessons learned and provide realistic and pragmatic recommendations to introduce possible general and specific improvements.

ACT for Performance and JaRco Consulting were mandated by UNICEF to conduct the End-line survey of the Nutrition component of the EU-SHARE project in Ethiopia.

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Country : Ethiopia
Period : March 2018 – September 2018
Client : UNICEF
Donor : European Union (UE)

ACT for Performance and JaRco Consulting evaluated the Nutrition component of the EU-SHARE project in Ethiopia for 6 months in 2018. From 2005-2012, despite sustaining double digit economic growth rates, poverty remains high with 80% of rural Ethiopians continuing to live below the poverty line and more than 30 million living below the food poverty line. Children are mostly affected, with an estimated 44% stunted among them. The overall purpose of this Evaluation was to assess the results of the Nutrition component of the EU-SHARE project that aims to strengthen Ethiopia’s capacity to deal with the environmental and economic shocks that has threatened livelihoods over the last decade and has led to significant loss of livestock.

The project promotes sustainable agro-pastoral development while conserving water resources and soil-productivity. Under the Nutrition component, nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive actions have been implemented by UNICEF and its partner FAO in 17 Woredas in Amhara, Oromia, and SNPP regions, targeting adolescent girls, pregnant women, and children under 5. ACT with our partner JaRco Consulting, executed field trips to carry out the surveys measuring progress compared to a baseline established in May 2017, a quantitative evaluation (sampling and anthropometric measurements), and a qualitative evaluation (document reviews, FGDs and interviews with key informants).

ACT for Performance and MDF have partnered to evaluate UNICEF’s partnership strategies in Indonesia.

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Country : Indonesia
Period : February 2018 – August 2018
Client : UNICEF

UNICEF cooperation in Indonesia dates back over 50 years and has evolved to meet the needs of children, their families and communities, in line with national development priorities that match and guide the ongoing economic and social development of the country. This is done through close collaboration with other partners (such as Government, civil society, the private sector and children themselves). Currently, the 2016-2020 Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Indonesia (GoI) and UNICEF identifies cooperation in the areas of maternal and child health, nutrition, water/sanitation, education, child protection, social policy, emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction. UNICEF cooperation in Indonesia employs various implementation modalities and strategies with partners to achieve the ambitious set of planned results and monitoring targets outlined in the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) 2016-2020.

ACT for Performance and MDF Indonesia conducted in 2018 the formative evaluation of UNICEF’s Indonesia partnership strategies and reviewed the extent of these partnership’s contribution to the intended outcomes of the current country programme. The evaluation’s objectives were to learn from UNICEF’s partnership approaches, to understand the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and equity of these approaches, and provide evidence-based recommendations for improvement.

ACT for Performance and KIT Royal Tropical Institute provided their services to the World Bank during a year to conduct the PDSS health project’s midline impact evaluation in 42 sanitary zones in DRC.

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Country : Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Period : February 2018 – March 2019
Client : The Health System Strengthening for Better Maternal and Child Health Project (PDSS)
Donor : World Bank

The Health Systems Strengthening for Better Maternal and Child Health Project (PDSS) is implemented in 11 provincial health districts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project is financially supported by the World Bank and the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund as well as other partners such as USAID, GFF, and the Global Fund. The main goal of the project is to improve coverage and quality of maternal and child health services in targeted areas through Performance-Based Financing (PBF). The overall purpose of this midline impact evaluation is to provide the World Bank and its implementation partners with recommendations and adjust the program with the required changes in the course of the execution.

ACT for Performance and KIT Royal Tropical Institute conducted the midline study in 42 sanitary zones of the provincial sanitary districts of Kwango, Kwilu and Mai-Ndombe in DRC, surveys in health centers and households, recruitments and trainings, data collection and analysis, in order to estimate the impact of the performance-based financing on the use, quality and results of health care in these sanitary zones.

The Civil Service Reform and Rejuvenation Project selected the consortium ACT for Performance – Groupe conseil Baastel to conduct a baseline survey among civil servants at state and provincial levels

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
March 2016 – October 2016
Client:
Ministry of Civil Service; Civil Service Reform and Rejuvenation Project (PRRAP)
Donor:
World Bank
Budget :
US$ 487,750

The Civil Service Reform and Rejuvenation Project selected the consortium ACT for Performance – Groupe conseil Baastel to conduct a baseline survey among civil servants at state and provincial levels to establish a reference for performance, which permits to measure the impacts of the project. We also did a household survey to assess the level of citizen satisfaction with the quality of public services.

Seventy 70 surveyors were selected, trained and deployed in the field using tablets with questionnaires and surveyCTO software. So far, 1356 surveys have been carried out in the province of Kinshasa and 431 in the Kongo central province.

UNAIDS mandated ACT for Performance to execute the evaluation of Phase I of the Faith-Based Initiative

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Country:
Global, African countries
Period:
May – October 2017
Client:
UNAIDS and PEPFAR
Donor:
PEPFAR
Budget:
CDN$ 87,243

UNAIDS mandated ACT for Performance to execute the evaluation of Phase I of the Faith-Based Initiative. This initiative was funded by PEPFAR who commissioned UNAIDS to implement it. Aligned with the objective to eradicate HIV-AIDS by 2030, this initiative is focused on the important role of faith-based organizations as both advocates to reduce stigma and discrimination and to provide care. The purpose of the project is to bridge important information gaps on the work of faith-based organizations in that field, to initiate global networking, and knowledge-sharing. The evaluation provided specific recommendations to inform the second phase to take place in 2017-18.

End-line evaluation of the project Improving Child Nutrition in Four Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Countries:
Burundi, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Rwanda
Période :
March thru September 2017
Client :
UNICEF
Donateur :
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Budget :
US$ 125,000

UNICEF selected ACT for Performance to evaluate a $US 38.9 million Nutrition project, implemented in four African countries and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This end-of-project evaluation not only informed the stakeholders on the results of the project but also on the next phase, reason why the evaluation was done a few months before the closure of the project. In addition the evaluation also produced information for country nutrition policies, strategies, and programming. The findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation were presented, discussed and validated at a workshop in Addis Ababa in July 2017.

UNICEF mandated ACT for Performance to execute an Evaluability study of the MDG 4 & 5 Acceleration Framework in the Provincial Health Divisions of Southern Ubangi, Kwilu, Kwango, and Congo central of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
April – September 2017
Client:
UNICEF and Ministry of Public Health
Donor:
UNICEF
Budget:
US$ 75,446

UNICEF mandated ACT for Performance to execute an Evaluability study of the MDG 4 & 5 Acceleration Framework in the Provincial Health Divisions of Southern Ubangi, Kwilu, Kwango, and Congo central of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We proposed realistic and feasible options for conducting an evaluation of the MDG 4 & 5 Acceleration Framework, and suggested a methodology and key questions to which the evaluation should respond in order to understand the value of the MDG Acceleration Framework approach, and given the constraints observed in its implementation related to the complex field operations. We also identified the expertise, efforts and budget needed for carrying out an evaluation.

ACT for Performance evaluated the World Health Organisation’s Tobacco Control program (MPOWER) in South East Asia Regional Member States.

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Country : Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste
Period : August 2017 – April 2018
Client : WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
Donor : WHO

The WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) is actively assisting eleven (11) member states in the region to implement the provisions stated in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) that was adopted in 2003 and came into force in 2005. Apart from Indonesia, ten out of eleven countries in the region have endorsed the convention i.e. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. The MPOWER technical package was introduced in 2008 to achieve the objectives of the FCTC and comprises six implementing proven measures to reduce demand for tobacco products, such as protecting people from tobacco smoke; enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorships; and raise taxes on tobacco.

Implementation and compliance of MPOWER have been regularly evaluated in Global Tobacco Control Reports and official reports from the FCTC to the Conference of the Parties. The current evaluation goes beyond these evaluations and provides important feedback for assessing the impact of FCTC implementation in the SEAR Member States after more than a decade of implementation of the treaty and the role of support provided by WHO to assist the countries in their tobacco control efforts to achieve the global, regional and national targets.

ACT for Performance already worked with the WHO in another multi-country evaluation, in the field of nutrition (11 Sub-Saharan African countries).

Development of National Capacity Strengthening Plan PRONAREC II (2017 – 2021)

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
May 2016 – January 2017
Client:
National Secretariat for Capacity Strengthening (SENAREC)
Ministry of Planning
Donor:
World Bank
Budget:
US$ 125,000
The National Secretariat for Capacity strengthening (SENAREC) selected ACT for Performance to lead, support and facilitate the development of the second National Capacity Strengthening Plan (PRONAREC 2017 – 2021). The new plan prioritizes eight fields of action, based on an evaluation of the implementation of the first plan (PRONAREC 2011 – 2016) and an assessment of the of the current capacity gaps, in the light of an on-going decentralization and a modernization of the State. The assignment comprised an extensive document review, three field missions, during which many stakeholders were interviewed and a sample of four provinces were visited, and two validation workshops.

Consultancy to develop training modules on the value-chain and transfer pricing in the mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
February - July 2016
Clients:
  • General Directorate of Administrative and State Revenues (DGRAD), Ministry of Finances;
  • Institutional support project Statistics and Public Finances (PAI-STATFIN)
Donor:
African Development Bank
Budget:
US$ 195,000

ACT for Performance was mandated by PAI-STATFIN to develop a training program for DGRAD on value-chain and transfer pricing in the mining sector. Analysis was based on a thorough review of the current value-chain and on an international benchmarking, and included ideas to improve Government revenues produced by the sector. Trainings were delivered multiple times.

Comparative analysis of aid architecture systems in Crisis Context – Financial flows in countries affected by the Syria Crisis

Countries:
Jordan, Lebanon
Period:
August – October 2015
January – February 2017 (update)
Client:
UNDP Sub-regional Response Facility, Amman
Donor:
United Nations Development Program
Budget:
US$ 100,000
ACT for Performance was requested by the UNDP Sub-regional Response Facility in Amman, Jordan to do a study of the financial flows and the effectiveness of aid into Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt; five countries affected by the Syria refugee crisis. The study was based on a review of documents, visits to Jordan and Lebanon, where many stakeholders were interviewed, and a short survey. Our team gathered and analyzed financial data over the last five years, looked into aid modalities, evaluated the effectiveness of the humanitarian response, and the quality of coordination mechanism, and provided recommendations to harmonize short term humanitarian needs and long-term development needs (increasing the resilience of these countries). The study was updated in January and February 2017, on the basis of new datasets.

Consultancy to develop training modules on the value-chain and transfer pricing in the mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
February - July 2016
Clients:
  • General Directorate of Administrative and State Revenues (DGRAD), Ministry of Finances;
  • Institutional support project Statistics and Public Finances (PAI-STATFIN)
Donor:
African Development Bank
Budget:
US$ 195,000

ACT for Performance was mandated by PAI-STATFIN to develop a training program for DGRAD on value-chain and transfer pricing in the mining sector. Analysis was based on a thorough review of the current value-chain and on an international benchmarking, and included ideas to improve Government revenues produced by the sector. Trainings were delivered multiple times.

Mid-term Review and Value-for-Money study of the Apoio Sectorial au Sector de Aguas program, fifth phase (ASAS-V), Mozambique

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Country:
Mozambique
Period:
May – August 2016
Clients:
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
  • Ministry of Public Works, Housing, and Water resources
Donor:
Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Budget:
US$ 89,000

ACT for Performance was mandated by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency to review the fifth phase of the water sector support program, funded by the Dutch Embassy in Maputo. A value-for-money study to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the program formed an important part of the study, which also focused on the strengths and weaknesses of the water directorate and other institutions in the sector, and on the financing modality that uses country financial management and procurement systems. Based on its analysis and taking into account the comprehensive dialogue between the government and its development partner, the team proposed a restructuring of the program.

Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of public policies in Senegal

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Country:
Senegal
Period:
March – June 2016
Clients:
  • Project Support Unit of the Canadian Embassy in Dakar ; UNDP office in Dakar
  • Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of Public policies (Presidency, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance)
Donor:
Global Affairs Canada
Budget:
CA$ 100,000

ACT for Performance was mandated by the clients to assess the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of existing, and sometime overlapping mechanisms in Senegal to evaluate public policies, and, in particular, the Emerging Senegal Plan. The team examined the mechanisms in various sectors, including an assessment of the indicators, tools utilized, data collection methods, actors involved, and reports produced. The team also analyzed the level of coordination and harmonization between the various mechanisms, and assessed the strengths and weakness of the organizations involved, using the SWOT model. Recommendations were presented to improve systems alignment and harmonization.

National Nutrition Strategy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
September 2015 - April 2016
Clients:
  • National Nutrition Program, Ministry of Health (PRONANUT);
  • UNICEF-Kinshasa
Donor:
UNICEF
Budget:
US$ 173,000

UNICEF mandated ACT for Performance to facilitate a participatory planning process to develop the National Multisectoral Nutrition Strategy for DRC, including an operational plan and a detailed cost estimate. After an extensive document reviews and an international benchmarking study, our team had meetings with all stakeholders, organized strategic planning and operationalization workshops and developed a financing model to estimate into detail the implementation costs. Relevant stakeholders validated the proposed strategy at a National Forum.

Evaluation of the project “Accelerating Nutrition Improvements in Sub-Saharan Africa”

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Country:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Period:
June - December 2015
Clients:
Department of Nutrition of Health and Development World Health Organization (WHO)
Donor:
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and International Development, Canada
Budget:
€ 182,000

WHO mandated ACT for Performance to evaluate its Project “Accelerating Nutrition Improvements in Sub-Saharan Africa”, which was financed by Canada (18 million USD). Our team evaluated the relevance, results, effectiveness and efficiency of the project and formulated recommendations with regard to possible adjustments for the remainder of the project period and to improve overall project management.

Decentralization study to assess the costs of the transfer of exclusive competencies from the central government to the local governments in the Equateur, Eastern Kasai and North Kivu Provinces

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
May - July 2015
Clients:
Ministry of Decentralization and Customary Affairs
Donor:
UNDP
Budget:
US$ 80,000

ACT for Performance has been mandated by UNDP to conduct a study to assess the costs induced by the decentralization of competencies from the central government to local governments in the Equateur, Eastern Kasai and North Kivu Provinces. In addition to the cost-estimation, the team was asked to propose a progressive approach following priorities in the transfer of skills and resources, and also to identify and document the commitments and actions taken.

Providing logistic support to the organization of workshops across three provinces : North Kivu, Eastern Kasaï , and the Eastern Province

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
May - June 2015
Client:
FEWS NET, Famine Early Warning System Network and Chemonics International Inc
Donor:
USAID
Budget:
US$ 120,000

ACT for Performance was asked by FEWS-Net and Chemonix to provide logistic and administrative support to the organization of workshops on food security in three provinces across the country (DRC).

Organizational audit of the Revenue Agency of the Western Kasaï Province (DGRKOC)

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
May 2014- August 2014
Client:
Governance capacity building project PRCG
Donor:
World Bank
Budget:
US$ 50,000

ACT for Performance conducted an organizational audit of the Revenue Agency of the Western Kasai Province, designed an institutional development plan, and developed recommendations to revitalize the Agency.

Review of the European Union’s Budget Support and the Dutch Program Support to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD) in Senegal

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Country:
Senegal
Period:
March – May 2014
Client:
MEDD, Delegation of European Union in Dakar, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Dakar
Donor:
European Development Fund (EDF) and Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry
Budget:
€ 100,000

ACT for Performance was mandated to conduct a joint mid-term review of two forms of program support being provided to the Senegalese Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development: (1) Sector Budget Support provided by the European Union and (2) Support to twenty-two projects of the MEDD provided by the Netherlands. As part of the review, ACT for Performance was required to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of implementation and provide advice and recommendations for acceleration and improved performance. An evaluation of the quality of financial management and procurement within the Ministry and an assessment of level and quality of MEED performance towards achieving the set objectives in its Sector Strategy and Medium Term Expenditure Framework, as measured by core indicators, was part of the work. The team also advised MEED on institutional strengthening and the EU on certain indicators for its future multi-sector budget support Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.

Elaboration of the Execution and Management Manuals of the Capacity Strengthening Program PRC-GAP

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Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Period:
January – June 2014
Client:
SENAREC, the National Secretariat for Capacity Strengthening, Ministry of Planning
Donor:
World Bank
Budget:
US$ 40,000

ACT for Performance was asked to elaborate the Project Execution Manual of the Public Sector Capacity Strengthening Program PRC-GAP. In addition to the execution manual, the team reviewed the existing financial administration and procurement manuals of the project and developed the training management manual for the eight training centres in the country, which deliver the major share of the training under the project.