The objective of the evaluation is to assess the project’s performance
and impacts during the period October 2011 to August 2014, and provide
feedback to the wider research and development community on the OR
capacity building model. While the direct users of the evaluation are
DFID’s Research and Evidence Division (RED) and The Union, the
evaluation will serve for accountability and learning purposes for the
OR community, research capacity building programmes, research funders
and others, feeding into the design of the next phase of the project and
investigating the application of the model in other areas of practice.
A key recommendation of the programme annual review was that an
external evaluation of the programme should be carried out. This
proposed investment will also improve DFID’s ability to learn about the
programme and to share lessons with others thus magnifying positive
The following outcomes for the evaluation were outlined in the Terms of
- Inception report – including refinements/amendments of evaluation
questions, full methodology, identified sources of data, risk
management strategy and evaluation communication plan.
- Short progress reports – detailing project progress, spend and raising
- Interim report - setting out early evaluation findings.
- Final report – responding fully to the evaluation objectives and
The final report of the evaluation is appended together with the 6-page
Melin, G.; Allinson, R.; Grudin, M.; Mostert, B.; Ploeg, M.; Sadeski, F.; Varnai, P.; Warbis, M.; Zegel, S. Evaluation of the Developing Operational Research Capacity in the Health Sector Project. Final Report. Technopolis Group, Stockholm, Sweden (2015) i + 140 pp.