Consultant for Expanding IMPACT Final Evaluation
SCOPE OF EVALUATION
Purpose and key questions
SC intends to conduct a final (external) evaluation of Expanding IMPACT project to generate substantive evidence-based knowledge by identifying and documenting good practices and lessons learned from intended impact and unintended consequences of the project interventions. This evaluation is intended to assess the extent of change that has taken place in the lives of targeted children, quality of services provided, and related policy changes and implementation/response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results from this evaluation will be highly useful in providing recommendations for the Thai Government, as well as future strategies for Save the Children Thailand.
The results will define key learning and lead the design of the next phase of future child protection and education for migrant children program. To ensure objectivity and credibility, the evaluation is to be led by an external consultant who has made no prior commitment or contribution to the project. The evaluation is expected to take place from April 2021 to June 2021.
The overall objectives of this consultancy include:
Due to the changing context and often restricted access within the migrant communities located on the Thai-Myanmar border and the resurgence of COVID-19, the evaluation team will be requested to prepare alternative evaluation method, i.e. remote data collection and evaluation, with support from Save the Children, in case the face-to-face data collection cannot be done.
The main stakeholders/targeted audiences for this evaluation are:
Research design and sampling
The suggested research design for this evaluation is a mixed methods design including participatory methods if and where possible. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis for addressing each of the evaluation criteria. SCI anticipates the methodology to include a review of project documents, semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with relevant stakeholders including beneficiaries, observations, and review of project monitoring data. The consultant is encouraged to propose additional methodology that they consider appropriate to the project, which is subject to Save the Children’s approval and must meet ethical guidelines (Annex I).
The evaluation will focus in the targeted areas in Tak province. It will involve children, teachers, relevant local education authorities, child protection agencies, project partner organizations, and SCI project team. Participants in the study will be selected through purposive sampling.
All primary data collected during the course of the evaluation must be disaggregated by sex, age, people with disabilities, status and location and inclusive of children’s representation.
Save the Children has existing data collection instruments and tools that can be drawn on in the evaluation. These will be shared with the evaluation team.
Save the Children will not provide enumerators to assist with primary data collection. Data triangulation is expected for this evaluation. It will be a requirement of the Evaluation team, including qualified translators, to source additional external data sources to add value to the evaluation, such as consultations with partners and review of project documents.
A range of project documentation will be made available to the Evaluation team that provides information about the design, implementation and operation of the Program. Example of documents include previous evaluations, mid-term assessment reports, ADPlans, and logframe.
It is expected that this evaluation will be:
It is expected that:
The evaluation deliverables and due dates (subject to the commencement date of the evaluation) are outlined below. The lead evaluation consultant will advise the Expanding IMPACT Project Coordinator immediately of any risks or issues that may impact on their ability to provide the deliverables by these due dates.
Deliverable: The Evaluation Team is contracted and commences work
Due Date: April, 2021
Phase 1: INCEPTION PHASE
Deliverable: The Evaluation Team will conduct initial desk research and tool review and develop and submit the Inception report that will include:
Once the report is finalized and accepted, the evaluator/ evaluation team must submit a request for any change in strategy or approach to the Education Technical Advisor and Expanding IMPACT Coordinator Due Date: To be submitted within 15 days after signed contract (4th week in April 2021)
Deliverable: Ongoing Desk Research of project documents and secondary sources
Due Date: On-going April to May 2021
Deliverable: Feedback by SCI
Due Date: Within 5 working days after receiving the inception report
Deliverable: SCI Approval of Inception Report and data collection tools
Due Date: Within 1 week after review completed –End of April 2021
Phase 2: DATA COLLECTION and ANALYSIS
Due Date: End of May (15 days)
Phase 3: REPORTING
Deliverable: Preliminary findings presentation and verification workshop with partners
Summary of interim findings
Due Date: Mid- June 2021 (1 day)
Deliverable: Draft Evaluation Report* including the following elements:
The report should be approximately 30 pages with executive summary.
Due Date: 4th week of June 2021
Deliverable: Feedback and approval by SCI
Due Date: Within 5 working days after receiving the inception report
Deliverable: Final Evaluation Report* with submission of data and analysis incorporating feedback from consultation on the Draft Evaluation Report
Due Date: End of June (3 days)
Deliverable: Knowledge translation materials:
Due Date: 1st Week of July (1 day)
*All reports are to use the Save the Children Evaluation report template. Please also refer to Save the Children technical writing guide.
** The Evidence to Action Brief is a 2-4-page summary of the full report and will be created using the Save the Children Evidence to Action Brief template.
All documents are to be produced in MS Word format and provided electronically by email to the SC Expanding IMPACT Project Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator, Education Technical Advisor and Child Protection Technical Advisor. Copies of all PowerPoint presentations used to facilitate briefings for the project should also be provided to Save the Children in editable digital format.
Key Save the Children stakeholders to be involved in the evaluation are the Expanding IMPACT Project Team; REACT Project Team (Education component); MEAL Coordinator; Education Technical Advisor; and Child Protection Technical Advisor.
External stakeholders to be consulted for key informant interviews and data validation meeting include representatives from the following partners and local education authorities: HWF, SHO, Life Impact, IRC. The Expanding IMPACT team will work closely with the evaluator to identify key representatives and coordinating the key informant interviews and data validation meeting as appropriate.
To be considered, the Evaluation team members together must have demonstrated skills, expertise and experience in:
There is a high expectation that:
Time Frame: April – July 2021
Applications for the consultancy should include:
*** Please contact SCI Procurement for full TOR along with selection criteria.***
Close Date for Submissions:
If you are interested in this evaluation, please submit a proposed plan for evaluation design and implementation with detailed schedule and proposed budget (consultant fee and all proposed expenses including translators (if lead candidate is International consultant) by 15 April 2021
Submissions should be addressed to: THA_Procurement_BKK@savethechildren.org
Please indicate in the subject as ‘Consultant for Expanding IMPACT Final Evaluation _(Name of applicant)’
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
“We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse”
Contact : THA_Procurement_BKK@savethechildren.org Tel: 02 684 1286-88 ext. 601, 603