Monitoring & Evaluation
Baseline studies can provide insight into the status quo of a specific field of education in a specific region at the beginning of a program’s interventions. The baseline study for GEIP interventions consists of two parts (April and September 2012) and is conducted in a sample of schools for all GEIP activities. It comprises the following instruments:
The information collected from baseline studies give important orientation for the work of GEIP, as they indicate the existing strengths and weaknesses in a particular field and help to develop the best fit approach.
Progress monitoring is defined as the steps between baseline and endline study, when following up your activities and checking, if the activities fulfill the planned impacts. Therefore tools were developed which measure the short term impact of an activities and thus serve as management tools for steering the measures during the implementation period.
The results of these monitoring tools are presented and discussed regularly in steering meetings with the local partner or in GEIP team meetings.
Whereas the RBM reports focus mainly on measurable evidence such as statistics and hard data, the real impact of GEIP activities on the education process is sometimes difficult to prove. For example, it is not easily observable if some critical thinking or a change of perspective has taken place. For this reason, GEIP also collects success stories which show the impact on peoples’ personal lives and professional careers.
GEIP writes annual reports to the technical office at the Yemeni Ministry of Education, in which the activities and expenditures are made transparent and the main successes and developments are reported.
GEIP is required to justify the program implementation and spending to MOPIC which is fully informed about the program progress through the German Embassy.
(6) GIZ’s internal project progress reports, internal and external evaluations, and annual reports to BMZ
Additional to GEIP’s own monitoring system, the implementing agency GIZ issues its own progress reports before setting up a program and during each phase. Additionally, internal and external evaluations of GIZ are conducted annually. As well, GIZ is required to report annually to the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) regarding the main findings, activities and results of each program.