In undertaking such work, PDM is driven by client needs, application of best practices and a clear focus on helping to generate useful information to promote informed (and results-based) decision making.
In undertaking independent review and evaluation work, PDM adheres to relevant professional standards, including those laid out in the ‘DAC Evaluation Quality Standards’ and the ‘Guidelines for the Conduct of Ethical Evaluations’ published by the Australasian Evaluation Society Inc.
Some examples of monitoring, review and/or evaluation work undertaken by PDM are provided below:
Papua New Guinea (August / September 2015)
Independent Evaluation of Oxfam’s Highlands Economic Development Programme
PDM was contracted by Oxfam in PNG to undertake an independent evaluation of their Highlands Economic Development Programme (HEDP). The HEDP ran from mid 2011 to 2015 and focused on supporting improvements in agricultural productivity (for food and income), land use management and nutrition for targeted farming families in remote highlands locations. The programme worked with and through local community based organisations (CBOs) with the aim of promoting sustainability of benefits. The evaluation report provided detailed recommendations to support the design of a follow-up phase of Oxfam support.
Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Viet Nam (Feb 2013 – Feb 2014)
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for Project Childhood, UNODC
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) engaged a PDM Director as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist on their ‘Project Childhood – Protection Pillar’. This project involves UNODC and INTERPOL working collaboratively with national level stakeholders of the four targeted countries (primarily police and justice officials) to more effectively combat the sexual exploitation of children by travelling sex-offenders. The M&E Specialist’s role is to support the implementing team collect, analyse and use results focused information for the purpose of management decision making, accountability and learning.
Indonesia – Aceh and Nias (September – November 2012)
Independent Evaluation of Rural Roads Programme
UNDP engaged a PDM Director as Team Leader for this independent evaluation. The evaluation team was tasked with assessing the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the technical support provided by ILO and UNDP. This UNDP/ILO support program for the province of Aceh and the island of Nias aimed to encourage employment and long-term economic benefits through the construction and/or maintenance of village roads post-tsunami and earthquake.
Lao PDR 2012 ongoing
Review of results frameworks and performance information for selected projects in the World Bank’s Lao Country Program
The World Bank engaged a PDM Director as Performance Information Specialist to advise Laos PDR country task teams and implementing agencies in the refinement of their results frameworks and associated M&E arrangements. 12 World Bank financed projects were covered that supported Lao PDR in areas related to provincial and district governance, budget and finance, trade development, agriculture and rural livelihoods, environment, forestry, health, roads, hydropower and mining. Major findings and recommendations were presented at a workshop with task teams and other Bank staff. A training program on project performance information was designed for implementing agencies engaged in the natural resource management and environmental sectors. This will be delivered later in 2013
Papua New Guinea (Oct 2012 – Feb 2013)
Independent Review of Church Partnership Program (CPP) and Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen (SPSN)
AusAID engaged PDM to lead the independent review of its two main democratic governance programs in PNG. The Church Partnership Program (current phase A$50m) provides support to PNG mainstream Christian churches to help them develop their capacities to deliver essential services in remote areas (namely health and education). The Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen program (current phase A$100m) provides capacity development support to civil society organisations in PNG, in order to promote both democratic governance and enhanced service delivery. The review team prepared a set of practical recommendations for the management boards of both programs to consider, and facilitated stakeholder understanding and acceptance of these recommendations.
Papua New Guinea (October – November 2012)
Independent Review of the PNG Incentive Fund
AusAID engaged PDM to assist in the Independent Review of Phase 3 of the PNG Incentive Fund. The Incentive Fund in its current phase (III) is a four year AUD $60 million program ending in June 2014. Since its inception in 2000, the Incentive Fund has been regarded as a successful program that achieves results. Specifically the Incentive Fund provides funding directly to well performing organisations including provincial governments, PNG civil society organisations and non-commercial statutory authorities, and faith based organisations to implement both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.
The Review concluded the Incentive Fund and its guiding principles and project management systems and procedures are highly relevant to the improvement of: (a) public infrastructure and service delivery in PNG; and (b) Government of Australia aid effectiveness in contributing to this objective. The Review Team recommended that a Joint Government of PNG/Government of Australia Concept Paper be prepared to explore the issues and options for another phase of the Incentive Fund post 2014.
Development of the M&E framework, and associated M&E tools and systems for the Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership (AusAID)
Euroconsult Mott MacDonald engaged a PDM Director as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to undertake an evaluability assessment, develop outcome and result indicators, and design evaluation methodologies, including baseline information, covering social and biophysical impacts and outcomes for the larger forest carbon program as well as the support to the national carbon accounting system and the REDD+ pilot project in Central Kalimantan. The work involved the development of the M&E framework, procedures, tools and methodologies; negotiation of information needs and reporting formats with all key stakeholders; design and oversight of studies (quantitative and qualitative); contracting of research organisations; and, training of project and government staff in M&E.
Pacific Region (September – November 2011)
Independent Evaluation of UNESCAP Pacific Office
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) engaged a PDM Director to conduct an independent evaluation of the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of ESCAP’s Pacific Office (EPO), covering the period 2006 to 2011. The evaluation was formative, focused on providing recommendations to ESCAP management on how to improve the effectiveness of EPO operations. The management recommendations were work-shopped with ESCAP’s senior management team, and were endorsed as being useful and pragmatic.
Eastern Indonesia (April – June 2011)
Mid Term Review of Oxfam’s Building Resilience Program in Eastern Indonesia
AusAID engaged a PDM Director to lead the conduct of a Mid-Term Review of Oxfam’s ‘Building Resilience Program in Eastern Indonesia’. The review team analysed progress in program implementation, and identified lessons learned from Oxfam’s implementation of its community based disaster risk management program. The review involved consultation with a broad range of local NGOs in Lombok, Timor and Papua, as well as meetings with community members and local government representatives involved in the program.
Papua New Guinea (April-May 2009)
Review of Ok Tedi Development Foundation
Ok Tedi Mining Limited engaged PDM to review and make recommendations on the future of the Ok Tedi Development foundation (OTDF). The OTDF was established to manage compensation and development funds for landowner communities impacted by environmental damage caused by the OK Tedi Mine. Land owners wanted to establish a new organization to manage the fund. The existing activities and organization and management arrangements of the OTDF were reviewed and evaluated and recommendations made for the establishment of a new organization and management arrangement – the Ok Tedi Fly River Development Program (OTFRDP).
Belgium (January to June 2009)
Development of a ‘joint results-oriented monitoring’ (JROM) approach
EuropeAID contracted a PDM Director as Team Leader for the development of a ‘joint results-oriented monitoring’ (JROM) approach, and the production of documented guidelines. This built on work undertaken in 2008 reviewing existing EuropeAID monitoring systems. The aim was to establish a system for joint monitoring of donor funded programmes and projects (with other donors and partner governments), in order to further EuropeAID’s commitments to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action.
Aceh, Indonesia ((November to December 2008)
Independent Completion Report for the Local Governance and Infrastructure for Communities in Aceh (LOGICA) program
AusAID engaged PDM to lead an Independent Completion Report mission for the Local Governance and Infrastructure for Communities in Aceh (LOGICA) program. A team of 3 consultants worked with local stakeholders to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and prospects for sustainability of this A$28m investment. The assessment process was highly participatory, and the resulting report was considered to be of high quality and high value by the client, as well as the managing contractor involved in managing program implementation.