UnitingWorld is committed to continuous learning, and to ensuring that our partnerships and projects are effective and address the most relevant issues for our partners and donors. One of our primary donors, the Australian Government (through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program – ANCP) annually identifies priority areas in regions and countries where we work and provides guidance in terms of expressed need.
In 2017, we established a Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning working group (DMEL) across our program teams, with responsibility for developing evaluation tools and reviewing all evaluation Terms of Reference.
Through regular monitoring, reporting and evaluations, we assess the impact of our partners’ work for the communities they serve. Qualitative and quantitative indicators measure changes in community attitudes, behaviours and circumstances. The purpose of this data is to help us, our partners and the local communities where we work to make decisions about the usefulness of programs and the types of activities to prioritise going forward.
Through internal reflective exercises we invite our partners and staff to provide feedback regarding the quality and effectiveness of our partnerships and working relationships, encouraging suggestions as to how these can be enhanced.
We share our learnings with partners and other stakeholders, including the local community. We celebrate successes, note issues of concern and share learning with other partners, particularly at a regional level. We also communicate our learnings with our donors, supporters and other stakeholders such as DFAT and the broader Australian development community at conferences. We have also partnered with the Church Agencies’ Network (CAN) Performance Effectiveness group to examine evaluations for lessons in collaboration and to share learnings within the CAN network.
Below you can download some of our recent work, including evaluation reports, impact summaries and partner feedback reports.
(Under construction July 2019)