Evaluation of the joint partnership
A systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of the workshops, their impact and relevance for workshop participants, including lessons learned, is ongoing. The evaluation is based on
(i) an anonymous online pre-survey sent to participants prior to the workshop in local language
(ii) an anonymous and comprehensive survey in local language to be completed by participants at the end of each workshop; and
(iii) follow-up email exchanges and interviews with participants and organisers.
Preliminary findings of the evaluation underline that the high-level launch and training events are effective in strengthening child rights capacities and partnership-building in- country and correspond to the needs of the participants.
- A majority of the participants feel after the workshops that they are sensitised to children’s rights and equipped with specific skills and practical tools to integrate child rights into their day-to-day work.
- A majority of the participants confirmed after following the training, that they feel motivated to initiate or strengthen partnerships with other stakeholders in order to foster the realisation of child rights across sectors and programming stages.
- Participants feel that the high-level launch events are effective in fostering high-level political commitment and cooperation, and contribute to the development of a joint agenda around child rights.
As part of the feedback and evaluation process, participants are also asked to identify concrete actions to apply the content and to integrate child rights in their work.
‘Commitments’ thus made by participants include the following: I will…
- “Lobby for child rights to remain a political priority backed by assistance”, Participant, EU Delegation Georgia
- “Include child rights as a priority for EIDHR [European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights] calls for proposals”, Participant, EU Delegation Moldova
- “Explore opportunities for joint work with EEAS/UNICEF around the Olympic games”, Participant, UK Embassy Brazil
- “I am more committed and will work on new and better policies that will be for the benefit of children’”, Participant, government representative Moldova
- “Influence public opinion on ending corporal punishment in schools and homes”, Participant, EU Delegation Malaysia
- “Use opportunities to remind the Council Presidency to consider the rights and needs of children in policy documents”, Participant, Council of the European Union
- “Contact Ministry of Justice to design support to youth rehabilitation centres and to take minors OUT of prison; identify best way to support hotline for victims of violence”, Participant, EU Delegation Mauritius/Comoros
Lessons learned derived from the organisation of the workshops include so far the following:
- The adaptation of the trainings to the country context could benefit from a stronger integration of emerging issues such as climate change and/or root causes of irregular migration.
- The effectiveness of the UNICEF-EU-GIZ partnership would benefit from a stronger focus on follow-up activities, including (i) follow-up workshops focussing on specific thematic aspects that are important in the country context, and (ii) a comprehensive and longer-term evaluation of the real-live impact of the partnership (which is out of the scope of the short-term evaluation).
- The effectiveness of the UNICEF-EU-GIZ partnership would benefit from support of a broader process of exchange of good practices, experiences and lessons-learned with regard to the use of the EU-UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit and the German Child Rights Training concept.