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Evaluating the CSI at the national level

Posted by civilsocietyindex on October 11, 2010

The current 2008-2010 phase of the Civil Society Index project is now drawing to a close, and, as a consequence, it will soon be time for the end of project national evaluations to be completed. There will be numerous stakeholders involved in this process: both from within CIVICUS and the country partners. These will include those directly involved in the implementation process of the project throughout the duration of the phase.

The main intention of the national evaluations is to assess whether the project was successful in achieving the objectives that it initially set out to achieve. First and foremost, these were to capture an accurate reflection of the state of civil society in the country and to create an empirical body of knowledge about civil society. Therefore we want to answer the following principal questions:

  • Did CSI as a project achieve what it set out to do?
  • Did the CIVICUS team assist in achieving this?
  • What were the experiences along the way?
  • What are the positive lessons learned?
  • What were the negative experiences?
  • Where are the areas for future project improvement?
  • What were the problems in implementation?
  • What were the problems in project design?
  • Are there any suggestions for the future CSI?
  • How did the project affect and impact on your organization, country, government and civil society?

Marking the end of a two-year participatory process, the evaluation reports aim to provide an accurate record of the demanding and challenging journey completed by all CSI implementing countries. As such, they will help CIVICUS and country partners reflect on lessons learned for the future.

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LTA Resource Centre – The new platform for Civil Society accountability

Posted by civilsocietyindex on September 16, 2010

As repeatedly pinpointed by the CSI, Transparency and Accountability of civil society organisations are essential for the Legitimacy, sustainability, effectiveness and protection of their activities. Now more than ever.

Through its Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability (LTA) programme, CIVICUS wants to improve the public trust and the credibility of non-governmental organisations by helping them enhance their accountability systems and structures.

With the ultimate aim to bridge, connect and convene LTA practitioners, researchers and academics and guide civil society organizations to the resources they need, CIVICUS LTA Programme now offers the brand new LTA Resource Centre. The new platform offers access to various resources (articles and reports, case studies, guides and frameworks, legal resources, statistics and surveys, etc) and the latest LTA news around the globe. But it stands above all as a valuable community of practice, by offering organisations the opportunity to add their own resources and showcase best practices of CSOs’ accountability within the sector.

The LTA Resource Center has already aroused the interest of many civil society stakeholders and will undeniably establish itself as an essential platform for the third sector.

Find out more about the LTA Resource Centre: http://lta.civicus.org/

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Sinqobile Dube and Megan MacGarry talk about monitoring and evaluating the CSI project

Posted by civilsocietyindex on March 26, 2010

Below, Sinqobile Dube (Civil Society Index Support Officer) and Megan MacGarry (Civil Society Index Programme Officer), discuss some of the work being undertaken by the CSI project to better monitor and evaluate (M and E) the strengths and weaknesses of the project and of implementation.

Check back here in the next fortnight for the External Impact Assessment Report of the 2003-2006 phase of implementation, as well as for further video updates from different members of the CSI team.

Click here to find out more about CIVICUS’ monitoring and evaluation (M and E).

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Foundation for the Future: the CSI looks back

Posted by civilsocietyindex on January 25, 2010

On Thursday 28 January 2009, Jacob Mati, Research Officer with the CIVICUS Civil Society Index, will address a conference organised by the Foundation for the Future in Amman, Jordan, 26th – 28th January. The conference focuses specifically on improving the link between research, policy and action in the civil society environment in the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) region, and marks the beginning of an ambitious new attempt to strengthen this link in the region.

During the two day conference, Jacob Mati will present a research paper entitled ‘Bridging research, policy and action in civil society strengthening initiatives: lessons from a decade of CIVICUS Civil Society Index implementation’, in which he will reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities faced by the CIVICUS CSI.

The regional conference also serves as an opportunity for the CSI team to identify next steps and partners in leveraging greater support for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. During the current 2008-2010 phase, Bahrain, Djibouti, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco all targeted implementation of the CSI in their countries in the MENA region.

The paper presented by Jacob Mati will be posted on this blog later in the week.

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Collecting Signs of Impact from 2003-2006: Montenegro

Posted by civilsocietyindex on August 17, 2009

CRNVODuring the 2003-2006 phase of the CSI (which you can find out more about on our website: http://www.civicus.org/csi/phase-one) CIVICUS’ country partner in Montenegro was Centar za Razvoj Nevladinih Organizacija (CRNVO), or the Center for the Development of Non-Governmental Organisations.

The mission of CRNVO:

  • To provide support to development of non-governmental organizations in Montenegro and contribute to creation of a favorable environment for citizens’ participation in public policy issues and civil society development 

The key aims of the organization are:

  • increase capacity of NGOs
  • to improve cooperation between state, local government, non-governmental organizations and commercial sector
  • to increase understanding of importance and role that NGOs play in the society
  • to contribute to the development of democracy, rule of law and human rights.

Since 2001, as part of its programmatic activities to strengthen non-governmental organisations, CRNVO has provided one to five day trainings about democracy and civic education, ensuring funds for NGO work, preparing project proposals, successfully implementing projects, building team relations, assessing projects and organizations, managing funds, making long-term plans and strategies, NGO management, lobbying and managing public campaigns, and public relations.

After implementing the CSI in the previous phase and identifying corporate social responsibility as an area that needed further development, CRNVO’s Team of Trainers also began giving one-day trainings about corporate social responsibility to members of the private sector. In the future, they hope to extend the training to include working on concrete plans for becoming more socially responsible.

For more information about CRNVO’s trainings, please visit their informative and interactive website: http://www.crnvo.cg.yu/eng/trening.php  

You can also learn more about CRNVO and its other work on its homepage: http://www.crnvo.cg.yu/eng/ thank you

Thank you to partners for sharing your national and regional signs of impact from the previous phase of CSI implementation, and keep watching this blog for more stories of impact of the CSI around the world!

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REMINDER: Deadline fast approaching for CSI Impact Assessment applications

Posted by civilsocietyindex on August 12, 2009

Reminder!This is a reminder to all interested parties that the deadline is fast approaching for applications to conduct the upcoming CSI Impact Assessment of the Phase from 2003-2006.

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
19 August 2009

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates are invited to contact Bilal Zeb, CSI Programme Officer at bilal.zeb@civicus.org to request additional documents on which to base their application. The complete candidacy should also be submitted to Bilal Zeb and comprise the following documents:

  • a letter of interest
  • detailed resume with contact details of three referees
  • technical proposal clearly giving the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, and proposed IA plan and methodology
  • a budget including the approximate number of days required fees and other relevant cost
  • a detailed timeline
  • the organisation’s annual report (if applicable)
  • a sample of a previously conducted Impact Assessment

For more information, please contact Bilal or check out the original blog posting here for more information on the Impact Assessment process and ToR.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CSI Impact Assessment

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 29, 2009

The CIVICUS Civil Society Index Programme is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the upcoming CSI Impact Assessment of the Phase from 2003-2006. 

Please see the advert below for information on the assessment and how to apply, or contact CSI Programme Officer Bilal Zeb (bilal.zeb@civicus.org) with your comments or queries about this upcoming impact assessment and call for proposals.

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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
19 August 2009

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMME

The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) is a participatory action-research programme assessing the state of civil society in countries around the world. The programme links this assessment with a reflection and action-planning process by civil society stakeholders, aiming to strengthen civil society in those areas where weaknesses or challenges are detected. Between 2003 and 2006 the CSI project was successfully implemented by prominent CSOs in more than 50 countries around the world.

SUMMARY OF THE IMPACT ASSESSMENT

The CSI is seeking to commission an Impact Assessment (IA) for the 2003-2006 phase of implementation. This assessment will focus on highlighting all changes as a result of the CSI intervention. It will help recognise and document evidence of successful actions, whether we originally intended them or not, as well as evidence of negative impacts and setbacks. In the context of the Impact, Planning and Learning Framework (IPLF) of CIVICUS, the data will be collected to check CSI progress against – and create a feedback loop for – the change pathways in order to help CIVICUS assess its progress and contribution to a sustainable change process. The IA will analyse the results of actions taken to strengthen civil society following CSI implementation and develop recommendations for the most effective use of CSI findings in order to improve the action side of the CSI programme in future phases.

The assessment should be completed by the end of 2009 and the overall budget for the impact assessment is USD 35,000. More detailed information about the assignment is provided in the draft TOR, a link to which you can find here: 

CSI Impact Assessment ToR 290709

Please note that the TOR is subject to modification.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates are invited to contact Bilal Zeb, CSI Programme Officer at bilal.zeb@civicus.org to request additional documents on which to base their application. The complete candidacy should also be submitted to Bilal Zeb and comprise the following documents:

  • a letter of interest
  • detailed resume with contact details of three referees
  • technical proposal clearly giving the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, and proposed IA plan and methodology
  • a budget including the approximate number of days required fees and other relevant cost
  • a detailed timeline
  • the organisation’s annual report (if applicable)
  • a sample of a previously conducted Impact Assessment

Submissions should reach CIVICUS by Wednesday 19 August 2009.

 

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Looking for the signs of impact

Posted by federicosilva on July 16, 2009

signsofimpactThe CSI Phase 2003-2006’s Impact Assessment is live and kicking! Now that three years have passed since the last phase of implementation, CIVICUS believes that it is appropriate that we learn more about the impact of the CSI programme. While we did contract an evaluation soon after the end of the last phase, that evaluation only captured short-term effects related to CIVICUS’ stated goals. In this assessment, we will look more broadly at all the changes-both intended and unintended as well as both positive and negative-that the CSI has inspired since implementation. We plan to use the knowledge that we gain from this impact assessment to analyse the results of the last phase of the CSI and to develop a set of best practices for the most effective use of CSI findings.

The impact assessment will take place in two main stages:
1. CIVICUS will conduct an internal impact assessment comprised primarily of questionnaires and follow-up phone interviews.
2. CIVICUS will employ an external evaluator to conduct a detailed third party assessment.

To help us in this endeavour, we ask our NCOs from the previous phase to please complete the questionnaire as part of our internal assessment as soon as possible. It is our intention that the results of this assessment will be helpful not only for CIVICUS but for your organisation as well.

Get in contact with Katherine Langer now at katherine.langer@civicus.org for further details.

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