Since my first update on the implementation of our first CRP Commissioned External Evaluation (CCEE), we have made significant progress towards implementation.
First, the CCEE budget enjoyed an unexpected boost from $US 75,000 to $US 100,000. The increase in funding is necessary given the scope of the evaluation (four value chains) and the nature of the evaluation questions. The funding increase is also regarded by the program as an investment in the upcoming Independent External Evaluation (IEE) that is scheduled for 2015.
Second, the Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) vetted a short list of 6 CVs for the position of lead evaluator. We have now identified Doyle Baker as our preferred candidate and we hope to confirm his role in the very near future. Doyle was formerly with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and has enjoyed a celebrated career. For those who are interested, Doyle Baker’s CV can be downloaded from the Livestock and Fish wiki .
Doyle and I have been discussing tentative dates for the CCEE. Over the next few weeks we hope to firm up the dates below and will make a formal announcement of the CCEE timeframe.
|Kenya||23-31 Jul||present and revise inception report; key informant interviews; meetings with evaluation support team|
|Ethiopia||31-9 Aug||startup meeting; review small ruminants value chain|
|Uganda||9-16 Aug||review smallholder pigs value chain|
|Tanzania||16-23 Aug||review smallholder dairy value chain|
|Egypt||9-14 Aug||review consumption and nutrition of the small medium-scale aquaculture value chain|
|Egypt||25-28 Aug||review small medium-scale aquaculture value chain|
|29 Aug-3 Sept||finalize draft report; present and discuss report|