DEPP External Evaluation Inception Report

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This report provides a description of the evaluation framework and methodology developed by the DEPP External Evaluation Team from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) during the inception phase of the three-year external evaluation of the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP), a £40m capacity development programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).

This external evaluation has two objectives: 1) to improve programme effectiveness and enhance learning; and 2) to assess the extent to which the DEPP has provided an efficient and effective approach to strengthening response capacity. The external evaluation will be conducted in four phases and this report describes the approach and findings of the first, inception phase. This includes a discussion on the DEPP theory of change, the refined evaluation methodology and its limitation as well as the process for selecting countries for targeted data collection during the formative and interim phases of the evaluation. We also provide our approach for engagement of the external evaluation team with programme stakeholders, a communications and learning plan and sample data collection tools which will be refined and piloted in a participatory manner during the formative phase.

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