Mid-Term Evaluation of "Engendering Change Program"
Background on the Engendering Change Program
Engendering Change is a five-year Oxfam Canada co-funded program with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), ending in 2014.
The program includes a diverse range of partners organizations—36 southern-based civil society actors within three regions: Central American and Cuba, Horn and East Africa, and Southern Africa.
Oxfam Canada has consolidated a portfolio of partners who share our commitment to the goals of gender equality and women’s rights and who seek to become stronger agents of change with respect to delivering gender equality programs and advocacy around gender justice goals.
The Engendering Change program is designed around a Theory of Change, which suggests that partners can become more effective change agents related to Women’s Rights and Gender Equality at the local/community level when their organizational structures, policies, procedures and programming are also more democratic and gender just.
Oxfam Canada takes a dynamic approach to civil society strengthening, recognizing that each partner is distinct, at a different level of capacity, and operates within its own context.
At the strategic mid-point of the Engendering Change program, Oxfam Canada identified the need to engage in a dynamic reflective exercise to more systematically capture the strategic learning and results that the program had generated.
To meet this need, Oxfam carried out the Mid-Term Learning Review in order to deepen our understanding of organizational capacity building for women’s rights and gender equality, and to strengthen our shared understanding of how Engendering Change seeks to increase gender justice.
The MTLR was comprised of three workshops in the Americas, Southern Africa, and the Horn and East Africa in which approximately 30 partner organizations participated. The MTLR experimented with adaptations of two evaluative methodologies called Outcome Mapping and Most Significant Change. The two methodologies were woven together in order to develop structured, in-depth, and facilitated conversations.
The full report and other information is available in the following documents: