CLAimDev conducted its first evaluation during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic while the Philippines was still under partial stay-at-home orders and stringent domestic and international travel restrictions. Unexpectedly, these restrictions opened the door for CLAimDev to experiment with new ways of disseminating and learning from evaluation (covered in Section 3), increasing value for money while also enabling CLAimDev to support USAID/Philippines to complete more evaluations during 2021 than it had in any previous year (Annex 1).
USAID/Philippines requested CLAimDev to conduct a final performance evaluation to understand the extent to which the STRIDE Activity met its objective of strengthening science, technology, innovation, and partnership (STIP) in higher education institutions (HEIs).
The evaluation used mixed quantitative and qualitative methods and three levels of analysis: national-level innovation policy analysis, regional-level collaborative framework analysis, and individual-level analysis of higher education and government research and development institutions. There were three evaluation parameters: relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability.