In August 2017, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) commissioned an external evaluation (originally referred to as “review”) of programme work methods of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI).
The purpose of the evaluation was to provide inputs for improving conditions for positive results achievement in RWI (Sida-financed) programmes aimed at developing institutional human rights capacity. The focus was on the following work methods used in RWI’s programmes: a) human rights education; b) gender mainstreaming; c) working in difficult human rights environments, in relation to human rights institutional capacity development (assessing also the comparative advantages of RWI in this respect).
The evaluation was limited to the use of the above-mentioned work methods in RWI Sida-financed international programmes during the period 2013-2016. The evaluation did not focus on a specific RWI programme, but the application of the work methods in question across all RWI programmes. However, to ensure a manageable scope of the evaluation, the evaluation had a particular focus on four “case programmes”, two in-depth through field visits (Turkey and Zimbabwe) and two by way of desk study (Belarus and Regional Asia).
The evaluation did not assess results – or performance – as such of RWI programmes nor efficiency aspects relating to programmes overall, but focused on the quality of RWI’s work and methods, in relation to achieving expected results.
Following a call-off under a Sida Framework Agreement for Evaluation Services, the consortium partners FCG Sweden, Sthlm Policy Group AB and Tana Copenhagen were contracted by Sida to carry out the evaluation. The evaluation was carried out during September – December 2017. A final report from the evaluation was submitted to RWI in February 2018.