Protection International: Evaluability and Reconstruction of Theories of Change of Protection Policies (2021)

PI Evaluation Series on National Public Policies intends to fill the existing gap around the evaluation of national public pAlthough protection policies have been expanded in several countries, there is still very little certainty about what key state actions should be. Although there are some studies critical of protection programs and policies, the existing protection policies have not been subjected to impact evaluations that reveal both the gaps in the design and the bottlenecks in the implementation. There is also a lack in continual learning for the improvement of the policy’s quality of implementation, nor are there many exchances between countries or programs that work towards increasing accountability.

PI has been working to fill that gap. Based on the research carried out by PI and by observing certain cases monitored in various countries of operation, it can be noted that, before evaluating any complex intervention, it is necessary to carry out an evaluability analysis to determine “the degree to which a program or policy can be credibly and reliably evaluated.”

That is why we have designed three practical and relatively simple tools, which serve as the initial steps for analysing and obtaining credible and useful technical data.With these tools, it will be possible to address the evaluability of policies and programs for the protection of the right to defend human rights and the human rights defenders.

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