In the Philippines, i-APS's lead consultant established a research team consisting of a logistics manager and two senior field researchers in Tacloban and a logistics manager in Manila to conduct an evaluation of the impact of Plan International's emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan three years after the storm. The evaluation covered four project components – Shelter and Settlements, WASH, Protection, and Disaster Relief Reduction. After training 22 enumerators and piloting the instruments, the data collection team conducted 186 Likert surveys, 27 KIIs with stakeholders, and four focus-group discussions with beneficiaries within a two-week period.
The power of this evaluation lay in its scope. Each party’s input was valuable in its own right, but it was their aggregation that painted the complete picture. To achieve the most complete possible understanding, the lead consultant engaged with all stakeholders. This included former Plan employees who had worked on the project, leaders in local government and community groups, disaster-preparedness program trainees, and local-resident beneficiaries. Each party contributed their own perspective on what the program did, how it functioned, and how pleased they were with the resultant rebuilding. The lead consultant triangulated the quantitative and qualitative data collected, plus background literature, to develop key findings and lessons learned. Plan International used the final report to inform the design of future projects intended to respond to natural disasters in the Philippines.