Projects

Evaluation of Humanitarian Action Performance

Client: GOAL

To assess the performance of its USAID-funded projects responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria

i-APS was engaged to assess the performance of its USAID-funded projects responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The evaluation, implemented by International Advisory Products and Services (iAPS) covers grants from OFDA for humanitarian assistance including non-food items, shelter and WASH support and two grants from Food for Peace providing general food rations and in-kind support to bakeries in the Idleb and northern Hama governorates of northern Syria.

The evaluation involved an extensive review of GOAL’s own programming and monitoring and evaluation records and analysis, interviews with 31 key informants representing a range of stakeholders and a number of project visits and semi-structured interviews with GOAL project beneficiaries and representatives of local authorities inside Syria itself.

Utilising the OECD’s standard evaluation criteria the evaluation examines the key operating modalities adopted by GOAL, including direct implementation and the use of local partnerships and the increasing use of voucher-based distributions to support existing markets wherever they are functioning. The report provides an overview of both progress and an assessment of changes that GOAL has introduced to the projects in response to its own analysis and learning as incorporated into the latest modifications to project agreements. The report concluded with a series of findings and recommendations that are intended to provide an objective, external view on the projects and offer programmatic and organisational suggestions for further consideration and development.