ADVANCING BASIC EDUCATION IN THE PHILIPPINES (ABC+)
Mid-term Performance Evaluation Report
The United States Agency for International Development/Philippines (USAID/PH) commissioned a third-party performance evaluation of ABC+: Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines. Through the evaluation, USAID/PH will have evidence to gauge the extent to which ABC+ achieves its outputs and outcomes in the three intermediate results (IRs) on improved early grade instructions and delivery (IR1) improved access to quality materials (IR2) and improved education capacity and commitment to manage and implement interventions supporting early grade instruction (IR3).
The evaluation focused on the performance of ABC+ from 2019 to 2022. Specifically, it assessed its relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability through a series of evaluation questions. ABC+ works to support the Philippines Department of Education’s goal to increase and sustain basic skills among K-3 learners. Results of the evaluation will inform the design of the Mission’s next-generation basic education activities.
The intended audiences of this evaluation are USAID/PH program officers and USAID staff worldwide interested in basic education programs, specifically at K-3 levels. Philippine and U.S. stakeholders, including those in other U.S. government agencies and organizations, the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines, United States, and worldwide, and other researchers and organizations interested in basic education.
The purpose of CLAimDev is to bolster the capacity of USAID/Philippines to effectively lead and practice collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA), which has the broader goal of enhancing USAID’s development effectiveness. Panagora Group, the implementing partner, will closely work with USAID/Philippines to integrate CLA principles into the Mission’s work. ClaimDev covers an implementation period of five years, 2020-2024.CLAimDev embeds a measure that will steer collaboration between internal and external stakeholders to adopt a culture of continuous learning and adaptive management to achieve greater development impact. It will play a key role in measuring and monitoring progress in the U.S. -Philippines development partnership. Through collaboration with the Program Office and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) champions, CLAimDev will facilitate knowledge sharing processes in implementing the 2019-2024 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS); disseminating key development results and best practices to the Philippine government and other development partners; and recommending opportunities for programmatic adaptation so that USAID can strategically support the Philippines in its journey to self-reliance.
CLAimDev aims to:
CLAimDev organizes program management cycle-oriented tasks under the CLA Framework to achieve its three objectives. Many of the tasks will be mission-wide and cross-cutting in nature, serving the Mission’s high level monitoring, evaluation, collaborating, learning and adapting needs.All tasks delivered will be conducted in close coordination with the USAID/Philippine Mission. CLAimDev will undertake programming and managing development assistance, particularly in geographic areas considered non-permissive (NPE) to normal U.S. Government operations. It will provide on-the-job coaching to USAID staff to enable them to take on increasing leadership responsibilities throughout the period of the project performance.
Provide logistics and support for CLA events
Provide large leadership enhancing opportunities such as staff retreats and team building exercises
Provide on-the-job coaching and mentoring for USAID staff on CLA
Procure and administer leadership development curriculum and coaching materials
Deliver training and coaching for USAID on collaborative leadership approaches
Support USAID in managing communities of practice
Support USAID Performance Management Plan (PMP) revisions and updating
Conduct external assessments, evaluations and other research
Help refine the Mission’s Learning Agenda
Monitoring and evaluation activities in NPEs
Assist in development and refinement of cross-cutting indicators and contextual indicators
Identify and utilize a secure, web-based Portfolio Management solution
Contribute to Scope of Work development for evaluation and research activities
Provide technical inputs to internal evaluations led by USAID staff
Design and/or refine a targeted mission CLA capacity-building approach
Support the documentation of lessons learned and good practices
Coach and support USAID to infuse CLA practices into existing mission processes
Support mid-course and end-line 2019-2024 CDCS stock-taking
Analyze trends of high- level PMP indicators.
Coordinate, facilitate, and arrange logistics for meetings
Conduct meta-analyses of evaluations and research inside and outside of USAID
Coordinate, manage, and facilitate periodic evidence-sharing summits
Communicate findings and recommendations from analyses
Organize logistics for project and activity co-design workshops
Recommend possible opportunities for adaptive management to USAID
Facilitate annual reviews of project theories of change
Facilitate discussions with USAID and implementing partners to inform adaptive management based on NPE findings
Support the documentation and dissemination of lessons learned and good practices
Share best practices with Health CLA and Local Works activities
Develop GIS maps
Albert Perez Aquino, PhD
CLAimDev Contracting Officer’s Representative Office of Program Resources Management US Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines Email: email@example.com
CLAimDev Chief of Party Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.panagoragroup.net