Reviews, Evaluation and Impact Assessment

Reviews, evaluation and impact assessment are important tools to inform the future, while documenting the past. EMPOWERHOUSE has the tools and the experience needed to match your specific documentation needs, be it through systematic interviews, facilitation of consultative workshops, surveys, tracer studies or audience feed-back in a variety of ways. Impact assessment furthermore highlight the change generated by the work in, of and around the media. It can be particularly effective in and around community media, where matching of impact documented with the change desired, can provide important information on to ways forward.

EMPOWERHOUSE works with Reviews, Evaluation and Impact Assessment in the following ways:

  • EMPOWERHOUSE tailors the tools needed to answer the needs and questions you have, and implements the assessment process in partnership with the organisation in question, ensuring that capacity is built in the team to continue this work on an ongoing basis,
  • EMPOWERHOUSE always embeds a review, an evaluation or an impact assessment in the reality and context in which it is found, avoiding to consider a development intervention in its own narrow framework, but always as an integrated part of the surrounding political, economic, cultural reality,
  • EMPOWERHOUSE where possible engages those being reviewed or evaluated in the review/ evaluation exercise, while ensuring to also have outside views of the intervention through engaging relevant ‘free thinkers’ and stakeholders in the process,
  • Aware of and alert towards the weight often carried by an evaluation or review by the customer, EMPOWERHOUSE carefully vets all information gathered through triangulation, feed-back meetings with reviewed entity and customer, while maintaining the required quality, rigour and integrity as an evaluator and reviewer,
  • In the EMPOWERHOUSE work with impact assessment in community radio stations, the final presentation of findings to the station itself: its management and community (volunteer) broadcasters, is usually connected to a discussion how the community can continue this work in simple, yet effective and reliable ways. This usually includes a discussion of the role of impact assessment for sustainability including for credibility (and thus ownership) by the community and potential to mobilise (funding) partners (and thus financial support).

The EMPOWERHOUSE portfolio of experience in the area Reviews, Evaluation and Impact Assessment includes the following:

Vietnam UNICEF/Itad 2016: Evaluation of UNICEF C4D capacity development; integration and mainstreaming; and evaluability of the UNICEF Country Office in Vietnam
Kyrgyzstan UNICEF/Itad 2016: Evaluation of UNICEF C4D capacity development; integration and mainstreaming; and evaluability of the UNICEF Country Office in Kyrgyzstan
UNICEF HQ, ROs, COs UNICEF/Itad 2015-2016: Evaluation of UNICEF’s C4D work globally. Evaluation design, implementation of evaluation and presentation of recommendations
Myanmar IMS 2015: End of programme review of the IMS ‘Media Development in Support of Democratic Governance & National Reconciliation in Myanmar’ Programme
Vietnam Danida 2014: Final review of Journalism training programme to local TV stations in Vietnam
Lao PDR UNDP 2013/14, Review of Lao PDR’s civil society, community communication programme, carry out impact assessment of community radios and develop concept note for new phase
Vietnam Danida 2013: Midterm-review of Journalism training programme to local TV stations in Vietnam.
Zimbabwe Norwegian embassy 2012: Review of support to IMS management of Norwegian support to the independent media in Zimbabwe 2010-2012.
Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi ADRA Denmark 2012: Midterm review of C4D project using radio to curb violence against women
Burundi ADRA Denmark 2011: Evaluation: Breaking the silence. Children engage in dialogue on HIV/AIDS through radio
Sudan International Media Support 2010: Elaboration of effective evaluation methodology and tools, statistics, reporting.
Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Azerbaijan Danida 2010: “Media and Democracy Programme: Central, Eastern Europe, Caucasus” – review of IMS ENR programme
Lao PDR UNDP 2009: Coaching of radio staff, volunteers: partnership strategy, community research, formation of community radio network, guide on ‘Community Research, Impact Assessment’
Lao PDR UNDP 2009: Review of project and assessment of impact and sustainability of Laos’ first community-run community radio. Facilitation of update of radio’s strategic plan.
Zimbabwe, South Africa International Media Support 2009: Review of one of three Zimbabwean exile radio stations: content analysis and impact assessment, elaborate forward-looking development strategies
Germany CAMECO 2009: Development of M&E focused Media Development Wiki: part of expert team, present tool at int’l conference, moderate workshop on community radio and M&E
Angola Norwegian Embassy 2008: Review mission and appraisal of new project description. Information and communication audit. Assessment of team capacity, elaboration of proposal for management of new organisation.
Lao PDR UNDP 2007/08: Evaluation of pilot community radio in Laos and elaboration of strategic roll out plan for Laos. Strategic advice on role of UNDP, overall funding & partnerships.
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda SIDA 2006/07: Impact Assessment of three ‘East African Community Radio Project’ Stations: Based on “Most Significant Change” methodology:3 in-depth change-story reports from: a Maasai radio in Tanzania, a Kenyan Women’s radio, a Ugandan rural radio. ( )
Mozambique Austrian Development Cooperation 2006: Impact Assessment and Review of ‘Rádio Comunitária do Búzi’ in Sofala province, including extensive desk study on ‘state of the art’ of community radio in development
Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi SIDA 2006: Lake Victoria Programme: Evaluation of 4 year regional training programme in environmental journalism at Makerere University: Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania.
West Africa Plan International 2005: Media & Communication on Children’s Rights: Backstopping the development of tools for monitoring and evaluation of children’s radio programmes in West Africa within ‘Kids Waves’ Radio Project.
Palestine SIDA 2005: Evaluation of a nine year project to develop a Mid-career journalism training institute in Palestine. Tracer study, impact assessment, donor mapping.
Tanzania Danida 1998: Mid-term review of REDET II (Research and Education for Democracy), Tanzania. Responsible for review of Media activities and co-responsible for Development Communication aspects of Education, in charge of report-writing.
Burkina Faso Danida 1997: Team leader, Review of FESPACO, Pan African Film & TV Festival, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Senegal, Mali, France Danida 1997: Joint mission with Dutch DGIS: Joint Review of PANOS Programme for Information Pluralism in Western Africa
Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland Danida 1996: Tripartite Review of Media Institute of Southern Africa, Namibia.
Kyrgyz republic UNESCO 1996: Midterm review of Women in Media Network of Central Asia
Kyrgyz republic UNESCO 1996: Review of Radio Max, Almaty
Zimbabwe, Zambia and Swaziland ILO 1992: Evaluation of project on “Improved Livelihood of Disabled Women: a promotional, regional project for Southern Africa”.

EMPOWERHOUSE publications in the area of Review, Evaluation and Impact Assessment include:

This listing naturally does not including consultancy reports except for where they are publicly available.
2012 “EMPOWERMENT RADIO – Voices building a community”, by Birgitte Jallov 236 pages, Published by EMPOWERHOUSE.
2009 “Building Communication for Empowerment: C4E pilots assess media voice and inclusion” by Birgitte Jallov in: Measuring Change II. Cameco.
2009 “Getting your support to community media right” and “Community Research for Community Media Sustainability” in “Community Media Sustainability Guide: The Business of Changing Lives”, Internews, 2009
2008 A review of IRIN Angola’s activities and a Proposal for the way forward.
2008 “Now we are seen as real human beings” and “Setting agenda of public concern” in: “Whose Voices – Media and Pluralism in the Context of Democratization”. Uppsala University, Sweden
2007 “Most Significant change. A tool to document community radio impact” in: Measuring Change. Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in Media and Development Cooperation. CAMECO, 2007
2007 “Pioneering Community-run Radio in Laos: The Khoun Community Radio Station” Photo Essay in: MAZI 14, the electronic newsletter of the CFSC Consortium.
2006 Lake Victoria Programme: Evaluation of 4 year regional training programme in environmental journalism at Makerere University: Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania.
2005 Evaluation of a nine year project to develop a Mid-career journalism training institute in Palestine. Tracer study, impact assessment, donor mapping.
2005 “Assessing community change: development of a ‘bare foot’ impact assessment methodology” in: Radio Journal Vol. 3.1, July 2005.
2004 “Community Radio for Empowerment and Change” in: Journal for Development Communication, December 2004
2004 “Participation by Community Radios in Civic Education and Electoral Coverage. The Experience of the Community Radios in Mozambique’s 2003 Local Elections. Specific Cases of: Dondo, Chimoio and Cuamba” by Acia Sales. Commissioned, designed and supervised by Birgitte Jallov on behalf of UNESCO Mozambique
2003 “Creating and Sustaining ICT Projects in Mozambique”, in “The One to Watch -Radio, new ICTs and interactivity”, FAO.
2001 “Creating Sustainable Community Radio – a Major Challenge”, Mozambique
1999 “Community Radio Mushrooming in Mozambique”, Interradio, AMARC
1996 “Women’s Voices Crossing Frontiers – 1996 European Directory of Women Community Radio Stations and Women’s Radio Production Collectives”, editor and writer of Introductory article. Published by AMARC Europe.
1995 “Using Communication Techniques to Diversify Women’s Training a Employment.” A manual with video examples. ILO, Geneva.
1992 “Women on the Air – Community Radio as a Tool for Feminist Messages” In ‘The People’s Voice’ ed. by Nick Jankowski, Ole Prehn and James Stappers.
1986 “Village Video for Women” and “Women will have to Reinvent Communication”. Publications of: “ KULU-Women & Development”.
1983 “Women on the Air”. On Women and Community Radio in Europe. RUC
1982 “A counter-image in Sound. A method for Empowering Radio Production for Women.” Thesis. Roskilde University Centre.