DEPP External Evaluation Formative Report

Project: Learning Project 25th September 2017

This report provides results from the formative phase of the three-year external evaluation,
conducted by a team at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), of the Disasters and
Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP). The DEPP is a £40 million humanitarian
capacity development programme funded by the Department for International Development
(DFID) and being implemented in ten countries considered to be at high risk for disasters and
emergencies. The countries include: Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of
Congo, Mozambique, Jordan, Myanmar, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan.

The DEPP was developed in response to the 2011 release of the Humanitarian Emergency
Response Review (HERR),1 which identified gaps in humanitarian capacity to prepare and
respond to disasters and included a call to action for the British Government to substantially
modify its way of responding to humanitarian crises. The three-year DEPP aims to strengthen
skills and capacity to improve the quality and speed of humanitarian response and is being
delivered by two non-governmental organisation (NGO) consortia, the START Network and
the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network.

The three-year external evaluation comprises four phases, and this report describes the
approach and findings from the 14-month formative phase conducted from February 2016
– March 2017. The primary objectives of the formative phase of the evaluation are:

1) To assess the relevance of programme outputs
2) To assess the efficiency and effectiveness of programme delivery
The report also aims to identify current gaps and emerging best practices and to provide
guidance to DEPP stakeholders about how to improve the potential effectiveness of the
DEPP as well as evidence to inform future similar programmes.

The evaluation design is a mixed methods design with range of data collection activities. The
methodology includes literature and document review, 111 in-depth interviews with key
DEPP stakeholders, 19 focus group discussions, as well as 1735 quantitative surveys at the
organisational as well as the community level. It also includes an economic analysis and
assessment of organisational networks in three countries. Further details on the methodology
are provided in the evaluation design section of this report.

From the research conducted in this phase of the evaluation, several overarching findings
have been identified and are explored in depth in this report. These findings correspond to
the key evaluation questions in the following five areas: 1) Relevance and Validity of Design;
2) Relevance and Effectiveness of the Interventions; 3) Effectiveness of Management
Arrangements (in relation to collaboration); 4) Efficiency and Value for Money (VFM); 5)
Sustainability of the Intervention and Likelihood of Impact of the Programme. The key
findings are presented in the full report.

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