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Audits and Evaluations

Formative Evaluation of the Strategic Choices Framework

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3.0 Methodology

This evaluation examines the following:

  • the soundness of the design and implementation processes of the initiative
  • the lessons learned
  • the success to-date

The methodology used was document review and in-depth interviews with relevant stakeholders.

3.1 Document Review and Key Informant Interviews

Scant formal documentation about the Strategic Choices is available, so the working documents of the entity responsible for developing the Strategic Framework were used to assess the design process. Other documents published over the period from April 2006 to June 2009, such as the Strategic Framework, departmental reports, business plans, minutes of meetings and so on, were consulted for the assessment of the implementation process.

Interviews were conducted with key stakeholders, 14 in all, between August and October 2009. A pre-questionnaire was used to collect data on the completion of results specified under each of the strategic choices in the Strategic Choices Framework; it was also used to assess the likelihood of achieving those results by 2010-2011 which was the target date for completing the implementation of the initiative. The pre-questionnaire was completed by nine people the rest were either unable or did not have sufficient knowledge to do so. An interview questionnaire was used to gather information on the background, inception and implementation of the initiative as well as to gather stakeholder perception on issues that might have affected the implementation and likelihood of success of the initiative, and lessons learned. Both the pre-questionnaire and the interview questions are provided in appendix D and C respectively.

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