The main objectives of this evaluation were to provide the relevant services of the European Union, the interested stakeholders and other audience with:
• An overall independent assessment of the past performance of the programme ARAP to be evaluated, paying particular attention to its ‘intermediate’ results measured against its expected objectives; and the reasons underpinning such results;
• Key lessons learned, conclusions and related recommendations in order to improve the ongoing Action.
In particular, this evaluation provided the Coordination Unit and the EUD with the basis to review ARAP performance against its expected results, with key recommendations for the remaining implementation period.
According to the Terms of reference the assignment required to accomplish the following tasks:
• Conduct consultations with main stakeholder;
• Conduct an analysis of relevant documents;
• Provide a list of Evaluation Questions with indication of specific Judgement Criteria and Indicators, as well as the relevant data collection sources and tools;
• Identify the contributing factors to progress, and the obstacles towards attaining results and propose corrective measures to mitigate any difficulties for the Action
The main issues addressed during the evaluation have been:
• The extent to which ARAP three separate components – FIIAPP Delegation Agreement, NCCE grant, STAR Ghana Delegation Agreement have generated some outcomes, with reasonable chances of reaching impact at the end of the Action;
• Why progress happened or not as planned with recommendations on how to improve the Action during its residual duration in order to achieve the expected objectives, taking into account problems and opportunities.