Client: The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Duration: April 2013 – January 2014
The primary purpose of the 2013 evaluation was to establish the achievements and impact of EDCTP’s support in strengthening ethics activities employed in various ethics programmes. Creative Consulting and Development Works (CC&DW) conducted a comprehensive and purposive evaluation of the EDCTP Ethics Grants Programme. The evaluation analysed the achievements of 75 EDCTP funded ethics grants programmes scattered across sub-Saharan countries.
PROJECT NAME: Evaluation of the EDCTP Ethics Grants Programme
CLIENT: The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
PROJECT DURATION: April 2013 – January 2014
SECTOR: Ethics, Medical Research
SERVICE PROVIDED: Evaluation, Research
CC&DW applied a mixed-method approach in which data was gathered from all 75 Ethics Projects in the form of desktop review, site visit, country visit including face-to-face interviews, telephonic inquiry including telephonic interviews and beneficiary surveys.
Interview data was analysed qualitatively through thematic analysis and quantitative data was analysed using descriptive methods. Data was triangulated through comparing interview data, survey data and document analysis.
The evaluation was the first of its kind – assessing all funded ethics projects from 2003 to 2013. The findings of the report gave a useful overview of the performance of individual funded projects and in relation to each other through the analysis of project alignment. Additionally, the findings and recommendations provided within the evaluation report gave EDCTP evidence and guidance in making strategic improvements to their funding model. The need for major donors to communicate to ensure funding is used strategically and to avoid donee organisations from receiving multiple grants for the same projects (also known as ‘double-dipping’) was reemphasised through the evaluation.
A key finding from the evaluation highlighted the dire need for more consistent monitoring, regular evaluation and support for projects being funded, particualry in the African context. The need to be more ‘hands-on’ and involved in the process of ensuring change is achieved was underlined.