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This document reviews a sample of evaluations carried out between January 2013 and October 2014
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  FEBRUARY 2015 www.oxfam.org   OXFAM SENSE MAKING EXERCISE For a Selection of Evaluations 2013-2014   Laura Roper, Mónica Sánchez de Ocaña, Mary Sue Smiaroski and Jasmin Rocha The citation for this paper is: Roper, Laura, Sánchez de Oca ñ a, M ó nica, Smiaroski, Mary Sue and Rocha, Jasmin (2015) Oxfam Sense Making Exercise for a Selection of Evaluations 2013-2014. Oxfam, February.       ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This exercise would not have been possible without the voluntary efforts of MEL colleagues from across the confederation who graciously stepped up to review evaluations. We are really inspired by their commitment to “One Oxfam” learning.   Aminata Ba Senegal (Regional Program Information Coordinator) Anne Nathalie Manga-BADJI Senegal (MEL Coordinator)   Caroline Hodges Netherlands (MEL Advisor)   Charlotte Wan  Hong Kong (Program Evaluation & Learning Officer) Claire Hutchings  UK (Head of Programme Quality)   Clelia Anna Mannino  USA (Research & Evaluation Advisor)   Cornelius Muchecheti  Zimbabwe (MEL Officer) Daniela Körppen  Germany (Coordinator PMEL)   Daria Antenucci BiH (Advocacy Manager & MEL  Advisor) Edo Huygens  Belgium (Manager Learning Organization) Gabrielle Watson  USA (Manager Policy & Campaigns MEL)   Genevieve Morency  Honduras (MEL Advisor)   Glenise Levendal  South Africa (Development Effectiveness Manager)   Hilary Palmer   UK (Research & Project Officer, PQ & MEL)   Jayne Pilkinton   Australia (Performance Analysis Team Leader) Jose Chacon  USA (Coordinator MEL Humanitarian) Kimberly Bowman  UK (Global Advisor - Gender & PMEL) Laura Haylock  Canada (Women's Rights Officer - Gender Equality MEL) Maite Matheu  Honduras (PMEAL Regional Advisor) Makarand Sahasrabuddhe  India (Program Quality Lead)   Marie Bijnens  Belgium (Program & Learning Organisation Advisor)  Maud Mukova-Moses   Australia (Program Quality Coordinator)   Nele Blommestein  Netherlands (MEL Advisor)   Nickie Monga Netherlands (acting Associate Country Director, OPT/I)   Paola Castellani  Peru (MEL Coordinator) Paola Miranda  Bolivia (Responsable PMEAL)   Paris Law  Hong Kong (MEL Manager)   Rashmi Sharma  USA (Program Specialist)   Rebecca Lyngdoh Reye Solomon Islands (Program Quality Coordinator)   Rebecca Perlmutter USA (Senior Campaigns Coordinator)   Retta Gudisa  Ethiopia (MEL Coordinator)   Robert van der Wolff   Netherlands (MEL Advisor)   Md. Safiur Rahman  Bangladesh (MEAL Coordinator)   Socheata Sim Cambodia (MEL Coordinator)  Yvonne Es  Netherlands (MEL Advisor) We also thank Madeleine Jacob  for her painstaking review and correction of the bibliography.    Oxfam Sense Making Exercise for a Selection of Evaluations 2013-2014 ii CONTENT ACRONYMS iii   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY iv   1   PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW AND METHODOLOGY 9   1.1   Introduction 9   1.2    Methodology 9   1.3   Quality of the Evaluation Reports 13   2   OVERVIEW  –  CONSOLIDATED FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 15   2.1   Introduction 15    2.2    What the evaluations tell us about the nature of Oxfam programing 15    2.3   Challenges to achieving more 20    2.4   Oxfam is getting results, but is it having an impact? 22    2.5    Conclusions 23   2.6    Recommendations 23   2.7    Implications of this exercise for learning, accountability, and impact 24   3   ANALYSIS OF EVALUATIONS BY CHANGE GOAL 27   3.1   Change Goal 1: Right To Be Heard 27   3.1.1 Do the evaluations make a case that Oxfam has made a difference? 28 3.1.2 Things to Consider about Oxfam’s Ways of Working under the RTBH Change Goal 33 3.1.3 Conclusions 34 3.1.4 Recommendations 35 3.2    Change Goal 2: Advancing Gender Justice 37   3.2.1 Do the evaluations make a case that Oxfam has made a difference? 38 3.2.2 Things to Consider about Oxfam’s Ways of Working under the GJ Change Goal 43 3.2.3 Conclusions 45 3.2.4 Recommendations 45 3.3   Change Goal 3: Saving Lives 47   3.3.1 Do the evaluations make a case that Oxfam has made a difference? 48 3.3.2 Things to Consider about Oxfam’s Ways of Working under Saving Lives  51 3.3.3 Conclusions 53 3.3.4 Recommendations 54 3.4   Change Goal 4: Sustainable Food 55   3.4.1 Do the evaluations make a case that Oxfam has made a difference? 56 3.4.2 Things to Consider about Oxfam’s Ways of Working under Sustainable Food Systems 59 3.4.3 Conclusions 61 3.4.4 Recommendations 62 3.5    Change Goal 5: Fair Sharing of Natural Resources 63  3.5.1 Do the Evaluations Make a Case that Oxfam Has Made a Difference? 64 3.5.2 Conclusions 64 3.6    Change Goal 6: Financing for Development and Universal Essential Services 65   3.6.1 Do the evaluations make a case that Oxfam has made a difference? 66 3.6.2 Things to Consider about Oxfam’s Ways of Working Under Financing for Development 68 3.6.3 Conclusions 69 3.6.4 Recommendations 70 4   BIBLIOGRAPHY 72  Oxfam Sense Making Exercise for a Selection of Evaluations 2013-2014 iii  ACRONYMS  ATT Arms Trade Treaty  AWID Association for Women’s Rights in Development  BRICSAM Brazil, Russia, India, china, South Africa and Mexico CAMSA Common Approach to MEL and Social Accountability CEDAW Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women CG Change Goal COGENHA Combined Oxfam Gender and HIV Program CONSOL Common framework for consolidated financial reporting within the Oxfam Confederation CPAU Co-operation for Peace and Unity CSO Civil Society Organization DRC Democratic Republic of Congo DRR Disaster Risk Reduction EC European Community EFSL Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods EQAT Evaluation Quality Assessment Tool EWS Early Warning System FPIC Free, Prior and Informed Consent GBV Gender-based violence GiE Gender in Emergencies GJ Gender Justice HIT Humanitarian Indicator Toolkit ICTs Information and communication technologies IFI International Financial Institution (I)NGO (International) Non-Governmental Organization JCAS Joint Country Analysis and Strategy LIWG Land Issues Working Group M&E Monitoring and Evaluation MEL Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning MERCOSUR Mercado Común del Sur / Mercado Comum do Sul (Southern Common Market) MENA Middle East and North Africa MPI Multi-dimensional Poverty Index OAU Oxfam Australia OCA Oxfam Canada OGB Oxfam Great Britain OI Oxfam International OPA One Program Approach OPT Occupied Palestinian Territories OSP Oxfam Strategic Plan PCVA Participatory capacities and vulnerabilities approach RBA Rights-based Approach RHV Raising Her Voice RIC Rights in Crisis RTBH Right to be Heard RTE Real Time Evaluation SOAWR Solidarity for African Women’s Rights SRI System of rice intensification STD Sexually transmitted diseases ToC Theory of Change UN United Nations VAW Violence against Women WASH Water, Sanitation and Hygiene WIN Worldwide Influencing Network WRO Women’s rights organization  
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