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Client Type : Civil Society Organisation
Practice Area : Development Sector Consulting , NGO Engagement
Project Type : Monitoring & Evaluation , Research
Project Status : Completed Projects
Sectors : Natural Resources (Forests, Agriculture, Water and Land) , Public Health (Water and Sanitation, Health and Hygiene) , Education , Livelihoods , Governance

Client: Care India Solutions for Sustainable Development

Timelines:February 2016 - March 2016

Scale:Andhra Pradesh, India


The Sustainable Tribal Empowerment Project (STEP) was a multi-sectoral initiative that aimed at significant and sustainable improvement in the quality of life of 235,000 poor and marginalized tribal communities in four districts (Srikakulam, Vizianagram, East Godavari and Vishakapatnam) of north coastal Andhra Pradesh. STEP was implemented from November 2001 to January 2008. In the context of strengthening long term programming, CARE India wished to learn about the current status of community groups and institutions, and participatory processes, through a historical ex-post project assessment. The aim of the assessment was to support CARE India in learning about long term impacts of project strategies and processes, thus enabling them to design and implement programmes better.

NRMC India’s Role:

  • The ex- post evaluation addressed the following key parameters and areas of inquiry.
    1. Current status of the community groups and local institutions and organizations.
    2. Interactions between community groups and stakeholders to assess relative strengths, functions and effectiveness of the community groups and local institutions and organizations.
    3. Historical growth and trajectories that local community groups and institutions have taken in fulfilling their mandates after project completion.
    4. Sustainability of key processes and institutions that were instrumental in creating positive impact for sustained
    5. Enabling and disabling factors for sustainability.
    6. Status of participatory processes initiated under STEP.
    a.           Resources to manage
    b.          Capacities making it still operational
    c.           Motivation/interest to pursue its goal
    d.          Linkages for survival
    • The ex post assessment was based on secondary review of select documents and primary data collection.
    • Secondary review comprised a study of all documents provided by CARE regarding the project.
    • Field work for primary data collection was undertaken in all the four districts that were covered as part of STEP, namely, East Godavari, Vishakapatnam, Vizianagram and Srikakulam.
    • In each district, interactions were held with stakeholders and institutions supported under the STEP, namely Self Help Groups, School Education Committees, Community Action Groups and Panchayati Raj Institutions. The interactions were held at the district and village levels.