Review of M&E frameworks for Helmsley Trust

Project name:
Quality assurance of M&E frameworks and project-level process evaluations for Helmsley Charitable Trust's Vulnerable Children projects

Service:
Monitoring and evaluation

Sector:
Public and Social
Water and Sanitation

Area of Expertise:
Evaluation & impact assessment

Client:
The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust

Date:
2014 - ongoing

Country:
Ethiopia
Ghana
Kenya


The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust’s (Helmsley Trust’s) Vulnerable Children in sub-Saharan Africa Programme funds interventions that provide at-risk children with greater access to education, improved nutrition, and clean water and sanitation. As of August 2016, the USD 41-million programme had 18 implementing partners with interventions across sub-Saharan Africa. 

Given the magnitude and geographical reach of the programme, Helmsley Trust contracted Genesis to provide on-going monitoring and evaluation (M&E) support to five of the projects funded by the trust. The projects include Nuru Kenya, CRS Ghana, Water.org Kenya, Water.org Ghana and World Vision Ethiopia.

The first exercise was providing quality assurance of the projects’ M&E systems. Genesis undertook a comprehensive desktop review of the projects’ M&E systems and visited the project sites to understand their implementation in practice. 

On the basis of this, Genesis provided the projects with recommendations on how to improve their M&E systems so that they delivered consolidated and evidence-based reporting to inform decision-making and project implementation. Drawing on the findings from this process, Genesis provided Helmsley with an M&E guide to assist its grantees with developing their M&E systems.

Genesis has subsequently conducted implementation evaluations for Nuru Kenya and CRS Ghana and has planned similar evaluations for Water.org Kenya and Water.org Ghana. These evaluations reviewed the implementation of the projects and provided recommendations on how they could be more effectively implemented to achieve their objectives.

The final components of the assignment will be a summative evaluation of Water.org Kenya and Water.org Ghana, the provision of qualitative research support to Nuru Kenya and CRS Ghana and a strategic overview of the programme’s performance as a whole. For the most part, the recommendations on the M&E systems were well received and were implemented by the project teams. 

The implementation evaluations were well received by the project teams and the management responses confirmed the findings and recommendations. These will be used to inform the remainder of the projects’ implementation.

Download Ghana executive summary

Download Kenya executive summary


TOP: A Genesis evaluator explains 'pocket voting' to project staff and community leaders in Kpatia, in northern Ghana.  ABOVE: KWAHO's water distribution kiosk in Amimo village in Kenya.

TOP: A Genesis evaluator explains 'pocket voting' to project staff and community leaders in Kpatia, in northern Ghana. ABOVE: KWAHO's water distribution kiosk in Amimo village in Kenya.

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