Firm on Independent Mid-Term Evaluation BRDR (Thailand, Nepal and Philippines)
ADPC , Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC has completed the implementation of the first three years of a five-year program on Building Resilience through inclusive and climate-adaptive disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific (BRDR, 2018-2022) implemented in partnership with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI). The BRDR program is supported by Sida through the Regional Development Cooperation Section of the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok.
About the BRDR Program
The program is guided by the goal of Strengthened regional cooperation to protect development gains and build resilience of people in Asia-Pacific to disaster and climate risks through inclusive and gender-responsive risk reduction measures, with 3 Outcomes:
Outcome 1: Strengthened capacity for regional cooperation
Outcome 2: Increased uptake of risk-informed approaches to development and social protection to reduce disaster and climate risk and vulnerability
Outcome 3: Enhanced gender equality and rights-based approaches in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in the region
Evaluation purpose and scope
The main purpose of this evaluation is to evaluate the BRDR program’s progress towards achieving its main objective(s), and which strategies are working and which are not satisfactorily contributing to achieving its objective(s). The MTE is expected to cover the period starting from the BRDR inception in early 2018 until end of 2020.
The MTE is also expected to cover the Asia-Pacific region and pilot countries through:
- BRDR Regional focus, in Asia-Pacific region: Regional level intervention is a key focus of the program which leverages participation and contribution from a wide range of technical partners, and country partners including: UN Women, regional bodies/regional mechanisms (RCC/APP), and women-led DRR agencies;
- BRDR national focus, in the pilot countries of Nepal and the Philippines: National and sub-national level interventions include engagement of national, provincial, and local government offices as well as relevant DRR/CCA agencies, and local stakeholders;
- Thematic thrusts on Gender Equality & Rights-Based Approaches (GE&RBA) and Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Resilience (DRR&CR).
While the scope of the program is complex and broad consisting of multi-sub disciplines under DRR such as integrated risk assessment, mainstreaming DRR and climate resilience CCA into sub-national development, preparedness and response, and disaster-related data and statistics, the focus of the evaluation should look into the gender equality and rights-based approaches.
The scope of evaluation is focused on the evaluation criteria which defines the evaluation questions. These evaluation questions should aim to cover key aspects of the BRDR program, but need to be narrow enough to be answered credibly given the timeframe and resources available. The scope of the mid-term evaluation may be further elaborated by the consultant during the inception phase.
Adopting a participative methodology, the MTE is intended to facilitate interactions and learnings to enhance the promotion of gender equal and rights-based approaches to DRR, which complements the future design of the program, and its relevance to the stakeholders. The expected outcomes of the MTE will:
1) Provide recommendations to ADPC and BRDR consortium members on:
Assessing the effectiveness of the conceptual framework on gender equality and rights-based approach that is being utilized to guide the implementation of the BRDR program and its current translation into practices in relation to the program objectives;
Identifying ways to improve the promotion and uptake of the program’s GE/RBA in Nepal and the Philippines and in Asia;
Evaluate the relevance of the BRDR program’s gender equality and rights-based approaches in DRR in Nepal and the Philippines and in Asia;
Identifying strategies to enhance the likeliness of the uptake of GE/RBA in the project countries and in the region;
Assessing the progress of the BRDR program implementation with reference to achieving the outcomes identified in the Theory of Change, and recommend ways to ensure the achievement of the outcomes;
Identifying, assessing, and providing recommendations on operational challenges such as assessment of the consortium’s efficiency on achieving objectives in the project countries and providing recommendations to enhance the implementation mechanism.
2) Provide inputs for Sida’s consideration on:
Progress of BRDR program and highlighting significant outputs;
In-depth understanding of how the program can adapt to changing contexts and conditions especially under COVID-19 which poses extensive challenges for the program implementation, and recommend adjustments on the approach to implementation for the remaining years;
Potential for scaling up/out for the second phase of BRDR.