Reflecting on the end-evaluations of the Dialogue and Dissent programmes


On the 15th of April, as part of the Partos PME Platform, a webinar about the end-evaluations of the Dialogue and Dissent (D&D) programmes was organised. This webinar focused on people’s experiences with organising the end-evaluations of the Dialogue and Dissent (D&D) programmes. There were over 50 attendees consisting of people working with monitoring and evaluation, or people that are otherwise involved with reporting related to the Dialogue and Dissent (D&D) or the current Strengthening Civil Society Strategic Partnership programmes, or both.

The webinar looked back and reflected on lessons learned from the previous programmes that can be applied to the current Strengthening Civil Society programmes (SCS). The webinar consisted of three sessions. The first session focused on Working with an external reference group. Each SP was obliged to set up an independent external reference group which gave advice on the Terms of Reference and methodologies of the end evaluation. What were the positive experiences and challenges in collaborating with an external reference group in the Dialogue and Dissent programmes? How far did/should the involvement of an external reference group go?


The second session focused on Evaluation methods
Following a survey, it became clear that all SPs used qualitative methods to evaluate their partnership. Main methodologies used are Outcome Harvesting (substantiation), Contribution Analysis and Stories of Change/case studies. What was learnt when using (a mix of) these methods?


The third session focused on Scoping
Who decided on the scope and based on what criteria? What has been the role of the commissioner, the external evaluators and the ERG? What have been positive experiences and challenges? Depth vs breadth; representativeness.


Each session was introduced by a facilitator and consisted of two speakers with their own approach. A more elaborate report will follow soon. Send an email to Vic Klabbers at if you want to receive this report.