The Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform (SSAPR) programme
aimed to assist the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
in the reestablishment of the rule of law by supporting the creation of
accountable and service-oriented security and justice institutions able
to improve safety, security and access to justice for Congolese
This report (in English and French versions) sets out the SSAPR impact
evaluation, responding to the dual objectives of demonstrating
accountability while also promoting learning. Thus central to the impact
evaluation is whether the programme was implemented as planned and
whether implementation led to desired results. But beyond this it was
recognised that the findings from a final impact evaluation of SSAPR
would be important to those designing community policing programmes.
The final product of this approach was a series of comprehensive
narratives, or impact stories, presenting the evidence from various
sources in support of causal and contributory claims. The extensive
assessments included are led by summaries of three main impact stories:
- Police officers have positively changed their practice as a result of
SSAPR intervention, though some evidence suggests risks to the
sustainability of this change in the long term.
- Communities in SSAPR pilot sites have positively changed their
practice around engagement with the police as a result of the
intervention, although these changes are unlikely to be sustained
after the life of the programme.
- Local authorities in SSAPR intervention sites have engaged better with
communities since SSAPR support.
The body of the report comprises details on all the impact stories,
backed up by annexed information on methodology and research results,
plus final conclusions from the evaluation as well as implications for
the design and implementation of future programmes in both DRC and other
developing country contexts.
Palladium. Independent Evaluation of the Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform Programme: Final Evaluation Report. Palladium, London, UK (2015) 186 pp.