The Dutch Relief Alliance is a consortium led by Save the Children and includes CARE, Cordaid, Dorcas, HealthNet-TPO, ICCO & Kerk in Actie, Oxfam-Novib, Plan Nederland, IRC, World Vision and ZOA. It receives funds from the Dutch Relief Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The Dutch Relief is a pilot funding window for relief operations over the period 2015-2017, and with a total budget of €570 million.
The Alliance required better insight in the effectiveness and efficiency of its SSJR activities for purposes of learning and improvement. In addition, it was necessary to assess the added value of collaboration amongst partners, with the UN OCHA and other humanitarian actors, and with the donor, the Dutch Embassy in Juba.
A qualitative approach was applied to adhere to the forward-looking nature of the evaluation. Data was collected via desk research and interviews in Juba and the Netherlands. Field visits were conducted in three locations, where the experiences of 116 adults and children (64% women and girls) were heard. An on-line survey provided insight into the quality of cooperation and management of SSJR. Initial findings were validated via an analysis phase and learning events in Juba and The Hague, and were presented in a highly accessible report.
The participatory nature of the evaluation provided SSJR members with insight into progress towards results, efficiency, visibility and ways of collaboration. Feasible recommendations were provided that enabled SSJR to improve its programme for 2016.