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Balancing research and practice in an international NGO

REL Practice Paper 1 Ten Years of Change is a collaborative, long-term practitioner research initiative designed to take place in three countries – Colombia, Kenya and the UK. It is implemented by the Research, Evidence and Learning team at Christian Aid. The research began with the overarching question how are community members and supporters being influenced by, and influencing, processes of social change? Each country team adapted the question to make it relevant to their socio-political context, and designed research at several different levels, from local to national. This paper tells the story of the first three years of Ten Years of Change. It narrates our ideas and ambitions and how we clarified them; how we identified where, by whom and how the study would be implemented; and how we worked with colleagues in other countries to begin to translate our idea into practice. It then discusses the forces that shaped the parallel but distinct evolution of each of the three streams of the study, before reflecting on the challenges of trade-offs and power. It concludes by returning to some of our assumptions about practitioner research, reflecting on how they played out in practice, finally turning to considerations for the next stage of the study.  

PACS programme summary film

A final wrap up film of the Poorest Areas Civil Society programme in India, showing achievements and learnings.

LPRR: action learning research

In order for productive learning to occur within the context of this project, monitoring practices must be robust and go beyond collecting data against indicators. This is especially important within a resilience context, as the pre-emptive baseline measurement that is usually used for measuring progress/success is not desirable here. Instead, an ‘outcome harvesting’ approach is more practical, as it does not measure progress towards predetermined outcomes or objectives, but rather collects evidence of what has been achieved, and works backward to determine whether and how the project or intervention contributed to the change. Within the LPRR project there is a need for rigorous evaluation, which balances accountability and learning. Given the ever-evolving evidence base of ‘what works under what conditions’ coupled with the need to demonstrate quality, impactful programming in both upwards and downwards accountability, these types of robust evaluations are essential. In order to ensure learning and accountability are achieved through evaluations, they must be well-planned and budgeted for. This is where the role of the learning strand comes in; by recognising that learning is essential at the outset, it enables it to be included within the design of the project.

CASE-OVC Kenya vehicle procurement - January 2018

Christian Aid is soliciting bids under the USAID CASE-OVC Program and has issued a Request for Quotation; Number RFQ 17-002 on 5 January 2018 for the procurement of 6 4x4 Hard Top Vehicles and 2 4x4 Vehicles. Program Name: USAID CASE-OVC Country: Kenya Authority: USAID Cooperative Agreement No. AID 615-A-17-00002 Source/Origin: Geographic Code 935 Background CASE-OVC, a five-year USAID funded project implemented by Christian Aid, supports Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya. The project will be implemented in Central, Eastern and parts of Rift Valley in the following counties: Nakuru, Kiambu, Turkana, Murang’a, Machakos, Narok, Makueni, Meru, Kajiado, Nyeri, Kitui, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Embu, Baringo, Laikipia, Tharaka Nithi and Samburu. Procurement of six 4x4 hard-top vehicles and two 4X4 Vehicles: No. Description Sitting capacity Engine capacity Transmission Quantity Lot 1 (RHD) Heavy duty utility (4x4) Passenger Vehicle Hard Top 7-10 2700-5000cc Manual 6 Lot 2 (RHD) Heavy duty utility (4x4) Passenger Vehicle 7-10 2700-5000cc Manual 2 Heavy duty 4x4 motor vehicle suitable for transportation of personnel in rough terrain, arid and semi-arid areas.   Interested and eligible bidders Submissions should be sent to wwheeler@christian-aid.org Submissions must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 23 January 2018.   Note: For any further details vendors are advised to send questions or request for any clarifications to email address provided for questions and RFQ submission above. This RFQ shall not be misconstrued to be a commitment on the part of Christian Aid either financially or otherwise to award any form of contract to any respondent. It shall not entitle any organization to claim any indemnity from Christian Aid. Procurement committee Christian Aid Kenya Annexes Annex A: Instructions Annex B: Terms of Solicitation Code of Conduct for Suppliers Annex C: Conflict of Interest Disclosure Conflict of Interest Declaration Form Download the procurement pack, including all annexes