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Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) training for a Ministry of Finance
Client: Dfid
Location: Serbia
Working with stakeholders within and outside the Ministry we undertook an analysis of the likely impact of the introduction of VAT.  We provided training in analytical techniques to a number of staff but equally important was the increased awareness of and debate around poverty issues as a result of this work.

Functional and institutional review of the Counter-Narcotics Police Agency (CNPA)
Client: FCO
Location: Afghanistan
Our role in this ATOS-led team involved: revalidating the role and functions of the CNPA and clarifying the institutional relationships between CNPA and the Ministry of Interior, CNPA and regional offices, CNPA and Ministries and organisations; assessing the organisational structure, staffing levels and regional office locations; and designing of a training and development plan.  The consultancy followed a consultative approach engaging in structured and semi-structured interviews, workshops and presentations. Recommendations were agreed in country by national and international stakeholders and the report submitted to the steering group defined responsibilities and detailed timeframes for their implementation.

Performance Monitoring in the Water and Sanitation Sector
Client: DFID
Location: Uganda
This project enables the Government and donors to track progress against sector targets and broader poverty reduction strategy targets.  We worked with international and local consultants as well as government officials.  Our specific responsibilities were: a review and comparison of the various qualitative and quantitative data sources available at national and district level for measuring water and sanitation sector performance; helping to review the systems and methodologies currently adopted by the sector for monitoring and evaluating sector performance, including institutional responsibilities; and an analysis of the trends in water and sanitation sector performance over the past decade using the indicators and data sources adopted.

Performance Monitoring in the Water and Sanitation Sector
Client: DFID
Location: Uganda
This project enables the Government and donors to track progress against sector targets and broader poverty reduction strategy targets.  We worked with international and local consultants as well as government officials.  Our specific responsibilities were: a review and comparison of the various qualitative and quantitative data sources available at national and district level for measuring water and sanitation sector performance; helping to review the systems and methodologies currently adopted by the sector for monitoring and evaluating sector performance, including institutional responsibilities; and an analysis of the trends in water and sanitation sector performance over the past decade using the indicators and data sources adopted.

Performance Monitoring in the Water and Sanitation Sector
Client: DFID
Location: Uganda
This project enables the Government and donors to track progress against sector targets and broader poverty reduction strategy targets.  We worked with international and local consultants as well as government officials.  Our specific responsibilities were: a review and comparison of the various qualitative and quantitative data sources available at national and district level for measuring water and sanitation sector performance; helping to review the systems and methodologies currently adopted by the sector for monitoring and evaluating sector performance, including institutional responsibilities; and an analysis of the trends in water and sanitation sector performance over the past decade using the indicators and data sources adopted.

Strategic review of a large wood use and research centre
Client: ODA
Location: Honduras
We led this review to enable the donor to prepare a viable exit strategy.  Part of the mission was to look at improving the services provided to key stakeholders - campesino groups, small and medium industry.  An important challenge was also to devise a new institutional, semi-autonomous, structure that would contribute to national forest protection but would be resistant to political interference.

Strategic review of a Ministry of Justice Sector
Client: DFID
Location: Nigeria
Our role in this ATOS-led team involved: full review of background documents, relevant to the Safety, Security and Access to Justice Programme and other DFID funded programmes;  reinstating the Ministry’s mission, vision and developing its strategic objectives; developing a strategic plan, defining outputs, key performance indicators, targets and inputs; full review of the financial and budgetary processes; defining and evaluating the Ministry’s linkages within the judicial process; customer/stakeholder review in order to evaluate the current performance of the Ministry and determine its constraints in delivery; submission and discussion of recommendations to the Ministry’s senior management team and donor programme staff, this included defining the inputs required by the Ministry, State Government and DFID; during the review process a significant amount of training was carried out targeted at the Ministry’s senior management team; training included strategic planning, brown paper process mapping and problem solving team building; and identification of future training needs.

Learning from Institutional Innovation
Client: DFID
Location: India
Working in partnership with the ICAR Research Centre for the Eastern Region, with scientist from the National Centre for Agricultural Policy Research and the CIAR Innovation Learnic and Change Initiative, GYA lead a project that sought to promote uptake in India (by donors, ICAR and research practitioners) of findings on the research partnership and consortia approaches to deliver effective interdisciplinary research.  The products of the work were subsequently used as resources by the ICAR National Agricultural Innovations Project.

Helping a UK government department improve its use of monitoring & evaluation
Client: Defra
Location: UK
Defra recognised that systematic and effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of policy requires a number of conditions to be met – in terms of how M&E is used in the policy cycle and the M&E techniques themselves being fit for purpose.   The challenge of this project was to identify best practice across Whitehall, draw on international evidence, review existing Defra practice and recommend how to strengthen it.  To do this we reviewed an extensive body of literature but most importantly, undertook many interviews with both policy makers and analysts from the Cabinet Office and a number of government Departments.  Based on our findings we prepared recommendations for change, developed communications materials and worked with the client to bring practical proposals for institutional change and capacity building to the Management Board.




 


 

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