EXTERNAL EVALUATION OF THE FIGHT FOR PEACE ALLIANCE
29/07/2020 – In May of this year, the Fight for Peace Alliance completed an external evaluation as part of our ongoing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) efforts. As an impact driven organisation, MEL is a central and constant part of our work, ensuring that our services and programmes are best meeting the needs of our young people, communities and partners.
This most recent evaluation, which was carried out by SocialQual and Cloud Chamber, examined a period of three years from April 2017, looking at the quantitative results of the work of the Alliance, as well as carrying out in depth interviews with Fight for Peace staff and Alliance members. The evaluation revealed a series of very positive outcomes and put forward recommendations for further developing the programme as we move forward into the future.
THE FIGHT FOR PEACE ALLIANCE
The Fight for Peace Alliance is a global community of organisations all trained in the Fight for Peace methodology and all working together to support young people to fulfil their potential.
Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and Comic Relief, the Alliance exists to enable organisations focusing on youth development and violence prevention to strengthen, develop, and become more sustainable, through support, knowledge exchange and access to development tools.
There currently exist 118 Fight for Peace Alliance member organisations drawn from around the world, with 25 new organisations joining the Alliance between July 2018 and March 2020.
KEY EVALUATION TAKEAWAYS
The Social Qual/Cloud Chamber evaluation report reveals that the training element of the Alliance programme, which members undertake upon becoming part of the community, is a pivotal moment which is highly valued by Alliance members. In particular, the evaluation notes that the training “creates a strong bond both with and between new members.”
According to the report, Alliance members are “undoubtedly strengthened as a result of belonging to the Alliance. The energy and ideas shared between members has strengthened organisations and their ability to deliver for young people.” Moreover it reports “evidence of a thriving network with good communication and peer support between members throughout.” It is noted, however, that examples where organisations jointly deliver projects are limited at present.
The report further states that involvement with the Alliance “lends credibility and improves organisations’ perception amongst stakeholders such as potential funders.” Notably, Fight for Peace support helped to leverage nearly £1m of fundraising during the evaluation period.
Meanwhile, one-to-one consultancy support (online or face-to-face), complemented with informal check-ins, is reported as the most popular activity among Alliance members. The evaluation also highlighting that this service has the most depth of impact.
Alliance members were interviewed as part of the evaluation process, examining the impact of the programme on their work. As one interviewee noted: “There was a clear before and after Fight for Peace – before, we only had one idea, we were really isolated, it felt like we were alone working in this community. Then we realised that there were more organisations working in Sport for Development, and that they were very advanced and professional.”
Recommendations for an even stronger Alliance were made as part of the evaluation, these points being taken forward by Fight for Peace as a new strategy guiding our work is developed.
In particular, the evaluation report recommends a focus on reiterating among the Alliance the packages of support available to members, communicating clearly the aim and vision of the Alliance with participating organisations, and offering refresher training for long-standing members, some of whom joined the Alliance as far back as 2011.
In addition, the report recommends considering how to support Alliance members to reach out to one another directly and to develop the role of technology in sharing information across the global community of partners.
These recommendations are currently being taken forward in informing the Alliance strategy for the next five years while, as part of this process, the Fight for Peace team is conducting consultations with partners in the UK and internationally to ensure that the next steps best meet their needs. Fight for Peace is also fundraising to develop a digital solution that would allow for better connection and interaction between partners, and for better delivery of services and support.
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