Evaluation of SPIDER´s program with Sida / Globec
Stockholms universitet, Stockholm
Magdalena Pers Färjemark
Institution / equivalent
SPIDER, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences
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1 About the contracting institution
SPIDER (The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions) is an independent centre based at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University, Sweden. Founded in 2004, SPIDER is one of the pioneer organizations whose focus is to support and promote the application of relevant Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for International Development.
Sida and SPIDER have been collaborating since 2004. The current agreement is subject to the Strategy for Sweden’s global development cooperation in sustainable economic development 2018-2022 and ends in 2021.
2 Goals and purpose
SPIDER wish to procure an end term evaluation of the programme that is run with support from Sida’s Globec unit. The evaluation will serve as input to discussions concerning a potential new agreement between Sida/Globec and SPIDER.
Intended use and intended users
The purpose or intended use of the evaluation is to:
provide Sida and SPIDER with an input to upcoming discussions concerning the preparation of a potential new phase of the partnership between Globec and SPIDER
understand the impact and relevance of SPIDER’s work
determine SPIDER’s strengths and weaknesses, both in terms of results and organisational capacity
provide input for SPIDER’s future direction
The primary intended users of the evaluation are
the SPIDER team
Sida’s Globec unit
The evaluation is to be designed, conducted and reported to meet the needs of the intended users and tenderers shall elaborate in the tender how this will be ensured during the evaluation process.
The evaluation scope is limited to the impact of SPIDER programmes from 2011 to 2020, under the agreements with Sida Globala Program and Sida GLOBEC.
SPIDER’s other programs may be of interest to understand the organization and its capacities, but the results of these programs shall not be considered in this evaluation.
The detailed scope of the evaluation will be further elaborated in dialogue between the evaluator, SPIDER and Sida in the inception report.
Evaluation objective and questions
The objectives of this evaluation are to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the program, assess weaknesses and strengths in the program and issue recommendations as an input to upcoming discussions concerning the preparation of a potential new phase of the intervention.
The evaluation questions are:
To what extent has the programme generated significant positive or negative high-level results?
To what extent has the programme generated unintended impact, positive as well as negative?
In which program area has SPIDER generated the most impact?
If the program has failed to generate positive results, what are the reasons behind the failure and what are the lessons learned?
To what extent has the SPIDER program been coherent and harmonised with other actors working in similar fields of work (actors: public, donors, private, academia, CSOs. Etc.)?
What has been SPIDERs added value, compared to other actors working in similar fields of work?
To what extent has SPIDER generated results (programming and as an organisation) that can be reasonably expected to be sustained over time?
To what extent has the intervention achieved, or is expected to achieve, its objectives?
If the intervention has failed to achieve its objectives, what are the reasons behind the failure?
Has SPIDER succeeded in disseminating knowledge about and practice of successful use of ICT in development projects?
Has the SPIDER program been relevant in responding to changes in their fields of work?
Has the M&E system delivered robust and useful information that could be used to assess progress towards outcomes and contribute to learning?
Questions are expected to be developed in the tender by the tenderer and further refined during the inception phase of the evaluation.
Evaluation approach and methods
Additional information in annex 1
Organisation of evaluation management
The intended users of the evaluation form a steering group, which has contributed to and agreed on the ToR for this evaluation. The steering group is a decision-making body. It will approve the inception report and the final report of the. The steering group will participate in the start-up meeting of the evaluation, as well as in the debriefing/validation workshop where preliminary findings and conclusions are discussed.
Time schedule and deliverables
Additional information in annex 1
3 Requirement specification
The evaluation team shall include the following competencies:
- A good understanding of Sida’s working methods and reporting requirements, particularly knowledgeable about Results Based Management
- Good insights into the role of ICT for international development from both technical and social points of view.
- Experience of a wide variety of methods to assess impact, for example outcome harvesting
- Good knowledge on development contexts in the countries where SPIDER projects are based, sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and South America.
- Good knowledge on how civil society organizations, public authorities, academia and private sector interact and influence digital development both in Sweden and in partner countries.
- Proficiency in English
It is desirable that the evaluation team competencies include the following:
- Gender, ideally in relation to technology
- Inclusion of marginalised groups
- Proficiency in Swedish (at least one person in the team)
A CV for each team member shall be included in the response. It should contain a full description of relevant qualifications and professional work experience. (expand in offer)
Please note that in the tender, the tenderers must propose a team leader that takes part in the evaluation by at least 30% of the total evaluation team time including core team members, specialists and all support functions, but excluding time for the quality assurance expert.
Further information can be found in annex 1
The evaluation shall conform to OECD/DAC’s Quality Standards for Development Evaluation. The evaluators shall use the Sida OECD/DAC Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and the OECD/DAC Better Criteria for Better Evaluation. The evaluators shall specify how quality assurance will be handled by them during the evaluation process.
We expect a quote consisting of the following;
Quote template provided
CVs of the evaluation team
The total price for the evaluation with an itemized budget breakdown
No other costs may be added for the commission´s implementation.
Questions are asked and quotations are submitted in this platform, Mercell direktupphandling.
Last day for questions are 2021-02-22, 23.59 CET
Submit your quotation no later than 2021-02-25, 23.59 CET
The quotation must be binding until 2021-03-20
5. Evaluation and award
The supplier offering the most advantageous solution is awarded the contract. SU evaluates the tenders in accordance with the above requirements.
SPIDER will evaluate the following quality features of the offer:
- Time for delivery
- Previous experience in evaluating Sida supported work
- Team knowledge in these three areas:
thematic areas of SPIDER’s work
ICT in development cooperation
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