Final evaluation of the Danish Red Cross project “Palestinian Youth as Agents of Change”
Organization/client: Danish Red Cross and the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS)
The partnership of Danish Red Cross (DRC) and Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) dates back to 2004 and currently extends beyond cooperation to meet humanitarian needs to include programme support for activities strengthening community mobilization, community resilience and humanitarian response. One of the iniatives in which DRC and PRCS have been collaborating in recent years is the project “Palestinian Youth as Agents of Change”
which aimed to empower Palestinian youth in Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine to take up an ethical leadership role in their community. The project built on the curriculum ‘Youth as Agents of Behavioral Change’ (YABC), the International Federation’s flagship initiative for the promotion of a culture of non-violence and peace. The curriculum triggered a process of self-transformation amongst youth that results in positive changes of mind-sets, attitudes and behaviours in harmony with humanitarian values. In May 2017 IWORDS Global was appointed to evaluate the project’s relevance/appropiateness, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. and draw conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations. The project was funded by the EU peace Building Initiative and DRC. Its overall objective was to contribute to creating conditions at societal level for a lasting peace in the Middle East, and its specific objective was to build capacity among Palestinian youth living in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon for practising non-violent conflict resolution and peace.
Evaluation of the Programme ‘Prevention of Violence and Community Resilience in the Americas’
Organization/client: Red Cross Canada
In February of 2017, IWORDS Global was appointed to evaluate and document lessons from the Canadian Red Cross project "Prevention of Violence and Community Resilience in the Americas", implemented in Nicaragua, Honduras, y Jamaica. Our assignment focused on the component ‘Prevention and Response to Violence’ implemented between 2013 and 2016. 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 OECD criteria and Red Cross standards for evaluations. 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.