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Evaluation of Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (GEFA)

This is an evaluation of the Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) project, which is a 5-year (2013–18), £10.2 million programme jointly funded by DFID and Sida and implemented by INASP. The anticipated outcome of the programme is increased sustainable access to, and production of, high-quality and durable research in low-income countries with the expectation that the impact of this research knowledge will be its contribution to national development and poverty reduction.

The programme seeks to deliver three outputs:

  • Increased organisational and individual capacity to support access to research literature, in INASP-supported countries
  • Increased organisational and individual capacity to produce and make visible quality southern research literature, in INASP-supported countries
  • Lessons learnt and communicated to support programme objectives

This evaluation of SRKS is being undertaken by Itad and FCG Swedish Development AB. With SRKS finishing in 2018, the purpose is to review progress and assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, prospective impacts and unintended consequences of the programme.
The objectives of the evaluation are:

  • Primary objective: to generate in-depth learning about how change has been achieved, barriers faced and how they have been overcome.
  • Secondary objective: to provide accountability for DFID and Sida’s investment.

The evaluation will cover the SRKS programme-wide activities and INASP’s work on SRKS across 24 countries. The primary audiences (and formal recipients) of the evaluation are the INASP Board, Management Team, and staff, the Evidence into Action (EiA) team at DFID and Sida’s Research Cooperation Unit (FORSK). The wider audiences for the evaluation are other agencies and partners that are involved in supporting and implementing change in strengthening research and knowledge systems. We have investigated the utility of this evaluation for different audiences, designed our evaluation accordingly, and developed an evaluation learning and communication plan.

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