Prevention of Violence and Community Resilience in the Americas Project

Organization/client: Red Cross Canada
Year: 2017

In February of 2017, IWORDS Global was appointed to evaluate the Canadian Red Cross project “Prevention of Violence and Community Resilience in the Americas Project,” implemented in Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica and Colombia and to document lessons learned. Our assignment focused on the prevention and response to violence component implemented in this first phase of the project which ran between 2013 and 2016 in these three national societies. It was conducted under the principles of inclusion and participation, maximizing rigor without compromising relevance, executing with a purpose, protection of all parties involved, and adherence to evaluation standards recommended in the IFRC Framework for Evaluation. The framework also established the criteria for the assessment, namely relevance, effectiveness, sustainability, efficiency, and exportability. Our team proposed a methodology that combined traditional and participatory approaches, employing methods such as the “Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Review” (PEER Review) and the Most Significant Change (MSC), in order to build the capacity of the people involved. The evaluation was conducted to collect quantitative and qualitative information through: in-depth review of documentation; semi-structured interviews; focus groups and in-field collection of secondary information.

Evaluation of the program “Prevention of Urban Violence in the Americas” – Guatemala, Colombia y Panama

Organization/client: Norwegian Red Cross
Year: 2015

The Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) is part of the Red Cross Red Crescent International Movement, an international humanitarian volunteer-based movement led by the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. NorCross has branches across Norway and an international department that supports initiatives by other Red Cross National Societies throughout the world.
NorCross and other Red Cross National Societies with which it collaborates, havw been implementing initiatives to mitigate the impact of violence through its wide network of volunteers. Through the “Program of prevention of urban violence in the Americas” (2012-2014), the organization has sought to contribute to the prevention of urban violence, focusing in Panama, Colombia and Guatemala. The program focuses in children and youth in communities at risk of violence and strengthens the capacities of the Red Cross National Societies and its partners. IWORDS Global (then iwords&images) was asked to carry out an evaluation of the project using a mix of techniques including desk review, focal groups, key informant interviews and a participative methodology of PEER review. A final report was drafted with main findings and recommendations and an executive summary. The translation of the report was also commissioned to the IWORDS team.

PHAMESA II Mid-term review

Organization/client: International Organization for Migration
Year: 2016

The International Organization for Migration is an intergovernmental organization that is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. It acts to assist in meeting challenges of migration management, advance the understanding of issues around migration, encourages social and economic development through migration and upholds the human dignity and well-being of migrants. The IOM has 165 member states and is as of 2016 a related organization to the UN system.
In early 2016, the IOM (Southern Africa regional office based in Pretoria, South Africa), hired IWORDS Global (then iwords&images) to carry out the mid-term evaluation of their program PHAMESAII, implemented in 11 countries in East and Southern Africa. The purpose of said program is to improve the health conditions of the migrant population and the population affected by migration in the participating countries. The program makes especial emphasis in addressing prevention and treatment of HIV, TB and Malaria in contexts affected by migration and involves a wide number of key actors, including governmental bodies, international cooperation agencies, local NGOs and health workers, among others.
The evaluation included a combination of data collection methods qualitative and quantitative. They included: desk review of available documents, online surveys, field visits to Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa and Zambia, where interviews were held with key informants, focus groups were carried out and a PEER review methodology was used. This evaluation led to a complete report that included main findings on the program as a whole as well as regarding the specifics of the selected countries visited, as well as recommendations, case studies and main lessons learned to date.

Monitoring and Documentation of the projects of the Expansion Fund on Gender based Sexual Violence and Cervical Cancer

Organization/client: International Planned Parenthood Federation
Year: 2016

The International Planned Parenthood Federation is a global non-governmental organization that seeks to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, advocating for the right of individuals to make their own decisions regarding their sexuality. The IPPF has 152 Member Associations in 172 countries around the world.
IPPF hired the services of IWORDS Global to monitor and document the progress of 14 projects implemented in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, aimed at broadening access to services included in the Integrated Package of Essential Services, particularly on matters of sexual violence and cervical cancer. This consultancy included:
Development and presentation of monitoring tools
Follow-up of the process of use of monitoring tools
Analysis of information provided by the Member Associations
Drafting of recommendations and identification of good practices
Preparation of regular newsletters for both Funds.
Evaluation of the Youth Delegate Exchange Programme