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Evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of R2J and recommendations on how to improve and adjust.
The evaluation found that:
- the R2J team has developed a thorough understanding of the context in which they are operating, which they continue to develop
- the team has made notable progress in making connections with partners, encouraging work between stakeholders and developed a range of interventions, relevant to partners and context
- significant progress has been made in programme outcomes in the last 9 to 10 months thanks to a flexible and collaborative approach
- evidence is lacking to understand whether there has been a systemic change in all relevant value chains
- there is evidence of partners adopting innovations and there are examples of adaptation
This evaluation is the final report of the R2J programme. It was undertaken between June and October 2018, including a two-week field visit to Afghanistan and was complemented by further interviews and document reviews.
The methods used in collecting data for the interventions, and for the project as a whole, and the monitoring data are claimed to be of high quality and have been subject to internal scrutiny and quality checks by ILO Specialists at HQ.
However, the evaluation process was hampered by security issues in Afghanistan which made it impossible to undertake field visits and interviews with beneficiaries. The evaluation relied on detailed monitoring data that was collected by the project team, where a series of surveys has been carried out by research organisations covering a significant number of beneficiaries.