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Corporate evaluations

Christian Aid is committed to evidencing the change that we are making, and being transparent and accountable in our work. As part of this commitment, we regularly commission external evaluations of large or significant pieces of work.

Reports from these evaluations and accompanying management responses are available below.

Evaluating Christian Aid’s work on climate change

Between April and July 2014, we undertook a review of our climate change work. We’ve been working on climate change since 2007 and it is one of our two priority campaigns, along with Tax Justice.

Our work spans resilience and climate adaptation work in our country programmes, research and policy analysis, advocacy and coalition building, supporter engagement and campaigning.

The review included different aspects of our programme and policy work including: our collaboration in climate justice coalitions, our interaction with supporters, and an in-depth look at work in Malawi and the Philippines.

We wanted to further our understanding of how the work in different parts of the organisation reinforce and support each other to bring about change. This reflects our central beliefs: that by working with others we can leverage large-scale change; that our policy and practice must be rooted in the experience of our programmes; and that engaging with supporters is critical for success. 

A major part of the review was focused on our work with climate justice coalitions. The independent evaluators concluded that we are widely respected nationally, regionally and internationally, and that we have played ‘a pivotal and very positive role’ in strengthening civil society climate advocacy.

We were highly praised in our approach to relationship building and partnership development at every level, and for our ability to play a strategic leadership role in these coalitions. This has enabled strong connections between environmental and development discourse and has helped climate justice coalitions, especially in the UK, to build a  renewed strategic approach, underpinned by principles of equity.

The reviewers recommended investing further our support to national platforms in the global South and in public mobilisation, and maximising our connections with churches to inspire action. They also challenged us to track and report on progress in embedding a gender perspective across all our climate justice work. Read the external evaluation here.

The impact assessments carried out in Malawi and the Philippines draw on multiple voices and perspectives to explain the work that we do. They identify the changes that have happened in people’s lives and situate these in relation to our programme interventions.

Written as compelling narratives, the documents introduce some of the complexity of the changes we are trying to achieve and help us to understand more about the nuances of the way in which we work. Both examples show the high level of achievements that are occurring in each country, but also identify some of the challenges each programme needs to consider. You can read the Malawi story here and the Philippines story here.

The review looked at our own responses to climate change. We mapped our carbon footprint over the review period (since 2010) and found that it has fallen (latest figures suggest a drop of 9% when comparing 2010 and 2014), due to a reduction in paper usage. However, the carbon footprint of our travel (flights and vehicle use) – both international and in country – has increased. We will continue to monitor and reduce our carbon footprint.

We also looked at the relationship between our in-country programme work and our work on public policy development and advocacy. We found that relationships between the two were not always as strong as we would hope, and we are therefore planning to strengthen the connections between work in these two areas to ensure that our work at country programme level, and in the global and UK arena is as complementary and mutually reinforcing as we intend it to be.

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PPA annual reports 2013-14

Since our current UK government funded Programme Partnership Arrangements began in 2011, we have helped more than 5.4 million people to get better access to health, climate and welfare services;  to establish resilient livelihoods with better access to markets; and to tackle the culture of exclusion. Out of the 202,573 people we have supported around their livelihoods, half of them have already reported big improvements. We have also helped nearly 5.2 million people improve their health through better nutrition, reduced stigma, access to preventive measures and health services. 















General PPA Annual Report 2013-14

General Strategic Funding Report 2013-14

Humanitarian PPA Annual report 2013-14

Humanitarian PPA Strategic Funding Report

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UK Aid Match annual report 2013-14

In Year two of our DFID Aid Match programme across eight countries, we helped more than 700,000 people improve their livelihoods and get access to health services. Find out the results we are achieving thanks to your Christian Aid Week 2012 donations matched by UK aid.















UK Aid Match annual report 2013-2014

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UK Aid Match annual report 2012-13

During Christian Aid Week 2012, DFID boosted the £12.5 million we raised from public donations by matching the first £5 million with UK Aid Match funding. This additional £5 million fund is being invested over three years to improve the health and livelihoods of 1.2 million people in eight countries.

Find out how we spent UK Aid Match funds in 2012-13 in the report below. (UK Aid Match funds are largely being used in countries not receiving DFID PPA funding.)















UK Aid Match annual report 2012-2013 (0.9mb)

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DFID PPA annual reports 2012-13

As part of the 2011-2014 DFID Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA), Christian Aid receives total annual funding of £7,255,927 for humanitarian and development programmes in 23 countries. As part of this arrangement, Christian Aid is required by DFID to report on an annual basis how we are spending this money and what progress we are making.

By the end of year two of the programme, Christian Aid had supported a total of 4,853,294 people to improve their health and to build profitable livelihoods that are resilient to shocks and disasters. You can find out how we used UK aid to change lives in 2012-13 in the two reports below.















DFID PPA annual report 2012-2013 (1mb)























CSHJ PPA annual report 2012-2013 (1mb)

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End-Term Evaluation of DEC 'East Africa Crisis Appeal' (January - March 2013)

Christian Aid’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) funded response to the East Africa food crisis was externally evaluated to assess the effectiveness of the programme, identify the impact the projects have had and provide recommendations to Christian Aid and DEC to inform future responses in the region.

PDF Download the executive summary (PDF, 0.3mb) |































management response (PDF, 0.3mb)

Please email the digital team to request the full report.

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DFID PPA Independent Progress Review and management response

Christian Aid is pleased to publish the findings of the Independent Progress Review (IPR) of our 2011-2014 DFID Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA). Under the DFID PPA scheme, Christian Aid receives a total of £7,255,927 annually over three years for resilient livelihoods and health programmes in 23 countries.

In June 2012, Christian Aid commissioned INTRAC to undertake an IPR, as required of each DFID PPA grantee organisation. This review has evaluated the impact of the funding and the value that it delivers. It has verified Christian Aid’s first Annual Progress Review (APR), which was carried out in May 2012, and drawn out recommendations and lessons learned for Christian Aid. IPR findings will feed into DFID’s own Mid-Term Review of its entire PPA funding scheme.

We are extremely pleased with the findings of our IPR which support evidence that we have used DFID funding strategically and transparently to reach and in several cases exceed the results that we planned for. The review demonstrates Christian Aid’s value as a DFID partner and shows Christian Aid as an ‘outstanding’ contributor to learning and improvements across the development sector.























Independent Progress Review (IPR) Final Report (904kb)















IPR Management Response (169kb)

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DFID PPA annual reports 2011-2012 

As part of the 2011-2014 DFID Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA), Christian Aid receives total annual funding of £7,255,927 for humanitarian and development programmes in 23 countries. As part of the arrangement, Christian Aid must report its progress against agreed outputs and outcomes to DFID on an annual basis.

Christian Aid is investing PPA funding in health, resilient livelihoods and wealth creation programmes with the aim of improving the lives and well-being of more than 8 million people over three years. It is also using PPA funding to generate wider benefits and improvements across the organisation and the development sector.























PPA Annual Report (604kb)























PPA CHSJ Annual Report (383kb)

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Evaluation of the impact of Christian Aid’s support of faith-based responses to HIV

For nearly a decade Christian Aid has been working with faith leaders and faith communities around the world as part of efforts to tackle the causes and consequences of HIV. An independent external evaluation has now explored the impact of this work, highlighting its distinctive value in raising awareness of HIV and tackling HIV-related stigma. We present here the report of this evaluation and Christian Aid’s response to its findings.























Evaluation of the impact of our faith-based response to HIV (634kb)

Management response (546 kb)

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Tsunami impact assessment (2012)































































































The tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean on December 26 2004 killed an estimated 227,000 people and destroyed the homes and livelihoods of a further two million.















Seven years after the disaster, Christian Aid commissioned an impact assessment to review the long-term impact of our response and the work of our partners in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

We are delighted to be able to share the results with all those who made it possible.























Tsunami impact assessment PDF (234kb)























Management response PDF (236kb)  

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The rights of the Quilombola communities: an independent study of the impact of ecumencial cooperation

Following more than 15 years of support to local partners working on Quilombola rights, Christian Aid (in collaboration with ACT agency EED) commissioned an independent review of our progress. The aims of the study were to acknowledge successes, identify ongoing challenges, learn lessons to inform our own future programmes, and share learning with quilombolas and our partners.

The Quilombola people are descendants of slaves who escaped plantations and cattle farms, and fled to the forest. Quilombolas have been living in Brazil, in small village communities, ever since. There are about 3,000 Quilombola communities in Brazil. The Quilombola are facing particular threats from industrial interests – especially logging, cattle-ranching and mining – encroaching on their territory.

Executive summary PDF (535kb)

Management response PDF (580kb)

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Partnership Programme Agreement (PPA) with DFID

As part of our 2008-11 Partnership Programme Agreement (PPA) with DFID, Christian Aid is subject to an independent external evaluation of our progress against a 'PPA performance framework' agreed with DFID. This sets out objectives in priority areas of shared interest between Christian Aid and DFID.

The evaluation aims to assess how far Christian Aid has gone towards achieving these mutually agreed objectives and to derive lessons that will inform Christian Aid's future strategies, programmes and approaches.

PPA final evaluation report (481kb)

PPA management response summary (26kb)

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Countdown to Copenhagen campaign evaluation

Christian Aid identified the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 (COP15) as a moment of critical importance for our climate change advocacy effort. In the two years leading up to this, we ran our 'Countdown to Copenhagen' campaign. The resources committed to this campaign were significant and it involved a substantial level of joint working with other agencies.

In 2010 we commissioned an independent evaluation to assess both the results of this work - including our climate change policy, lobbying, campaigning and public communications work - and the efficiency and effectiveness of our resource use and ways of working.

Countdown to Copenhagen evaluation summary (1.7mb)

Management response to evaluation (24kb)

The full report is available upon request from info@christian-aid.org.

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Accountable governance (2009)

Each year we commission an independent study to look at how well we’re progressing towards the goals in one of our six Strategic Focus Areas, as set out in our corporate strategy document Turning hope into action .

We use this to inform our Board of Trustees and identify areas for improvement. This year our accountable governance work was put under the spotlight. The evaluator reviewed our performance in programme work, influencing and advocacy, and communications with supporters. Read the findings here: check out the recommendations, find out about the good, the bad and the ugly - and our response.

Accountable governance report 2009 (52kb)

Summary of management response 2009 (32kb)

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Christian Aid Tsunami evaluation (2007)

An independent evaluation report into the organisation's response to the Indian Ocean Tsumami of 2004.

Tsunami evaluation report (88kb)

Tsunami Christian Aid management response (20kb)


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