The evaluation begins at an early moment of project implementation and is expected to serve developmental purposes, supporting the grantee iteratively by pursuing the objectives listed below. It is supposed to foster reflection at critical moments to optimise the potential impact and sustainability of the project. To create spaces for externally supported reflection and advice on specific aspects of the programme identified by the grantee, who has identified the following key areas of interest: a. Marketing and financial sustainability of the MHIRA b. Data security and security certification for MHIRA
2. To support the grantee’s reflection on the ways in which the project can contribute to change in the lives of children and young people in low-income countries. This may include further definition of the specific aim and benefit of MHIRA, including its added value compared to currently available software.
Fondation Botnar works with a systemic approach, which assumes that change does not take place along a linear path, but rather requires several different factors to align and contribute to making the change. The evaluation should support the grantee’s reflection on the project by creating an understanding of the project’s long-term critical path and context that influences it.
3. To learn about the status of the research and assess its fairness and equity.
Fondation Botnar supports the concept of fair partnerships in research based on the principles by the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) and the Research Fairness Initiative by the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED). It is important for the Foundation that the research that is supported is fair and equitable, building lasting partnerships and capacity sustainably. The evaluation should appraise the current state of research fairness in the project for both the foundation as a grant maker and the grantee as a researcher to reflect on and initiate improvements.
The purpose of the evaluation is not to carry out the scientific research that takes place within the project, or to assess the scientific quality of the research that is being carried out. That task is carried out by external experts in the specific field of each project; it is not part of the evaluation.
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