We support funders and implementers in reviewing programmes, conducting annual-reviews, mid-term reviews and final evaluations that independently validate results and feed into adaptive management. We also provide ex-post sustainability evaluations and case studies which enable donors and implementers to capture lessons that can inform portfolio performance as well as wider good practice. We offer an innovative approach to the study of sustainability for systemic change programmes sustainability and a user-friendly framework for case study development. Our process involves working closely with programme teams to support them in implementing changes on the basis of review results.
Final Independent Evaluation of The ILO Lab, Phase II
ILO Lab (funded by Sida)
The ‘Market Systems Development for Decent Work’ project, known as the Lab, is a global project implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The purpose of the project is to institutionalise and mainstream a market systems approach to decent work, both inside and outside the ILO.
The purpose of this evaluation was to contribute to both accountability and learning. From an accountability perspective, the objectives of the evaluation are to explore the performance of the ILO Lab in Phase II (Lab 2) through five key criteria, specifically its relevance and strategic fit; progress and effectiveness; management effectiveness; impact orientation and sustainability; and efficiency (see ‘Evaluation criteria’ in Section 3.1). From a learning perspective, the objective of the evaluation is to understand what worked, what didn’t work, and why, in order to inform the design and implementation of future knowledge generation projects.
Enter Growth Sustainability Assessment
ILO Lab (funded by Sida), Sri Lanka
Springfield conducted an ex-poste sustainability evaluation of the Enter-Growth programme a full ten years after the programme ended. To our knowledge, this was the first ex-poste sustainability assessment of its kind in the field, and therefore required defining sustainability of system change in assessable terms and developing an approach to apply this definition. This new approach was the then tested with selected interventions of the Enter-Growth programme. The findings provided empirical evidence on programme practices that support (and that undermine) sustainable outcomes, as well as on the importance, value and feasibility of long-term sustainability assessments of systemic change programmes.
AIP-R – Australia Indonesia Partnership-Rural
DFAT commissioned the AIP-R to promote economic development in eastern Indonesia and focuses on agricultural market development, including irrigation, agricultural innovation and value chain finance.
Springfield is part of a Strategic Review Panel that monitors overall portfolio balance and performance and advises the programme’s funders and management on strategic direction.
Springfield also contributed to the writing of the AIP-Rural Learning Series which highlights the success stories, lessons learned, and best practices of the program in achieving its objectives.
3i – Investing in Infrastructure
Investing in Infrastructure (3i) is a 5-year, Australian-funded programme working in the rural water and electricity markets in Cambodia. The Springfield Centre researched and developed a case study on 3i‘s programme in the rural Cambodian water and electricity infrastructure markets. The learning case documents the innovative use of a public subsidy tactic – viability gap finance – to unlock private investment for water and electric services. The case study documented the progress to date and has been shared with sector practitioners and donors.
ALCP – Alliances Caucuses Programme
Mercy Corps, Georgia
The Alliances Caucuses Programme (ALCP) in Georgia was established to increase incomes and employment for small-scale livestock and honey producers (LHPs) in rural Georgia by developing the agricultural markets they participate in. In the early stages of the programme, the ALCP found that a lack of access to reliable and relevant agricultural information was negatively impacting rural farmers and beekeepers’ participation in agricultural markets, leaving them disadvantaged in negotiations with informal traders and largely excluded from formal markets. The ALCP identified a demand for agricultural media content among LHPs but decided that instead of sponsoring agricultural content to address information constraints – an unsustainable, though common, solution – they would try to change the way media works. Springfield were engaged to write a case study on the achievements and lessons learned from this programme.
KMT Water Strategy, Review and Refresh
Kenya Markets Trust (KMT), Kenya
Water is one of three sectors that KMT facilitates systemic change in. Evolving market conditions and institutional capacities merited a review and updated strategy. Springfield led an internal team at KMT to review the current strategy, update market intelligence through key informant interviews, and develop a revised strategy to guide the programme for the next five years. The strategy is being used to guide KMT’s water interventions for the next five years.
AgriFin Accelerate (AFA)
MasterCard Foundation / Mercy Corps, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia
AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) is a six-year, USD 24.7-million programme, helping market players to overcome systemic constraints that inhibit the functioning of the innovation market for digital financial and information services (DFS and DIS).
Genesis and The Springfield Centre were contracted to conduct the mid-term evaluation of AFA. The Genesis-Springfield team applied a market-systems development lens to the evaluation, and aimed to embed the core principles of the approach, including scale, sustainability and market facilitation. The evaluation was both backward and forward-looking, assessing the performance of the project to date, while also providing recommendations based on the findings to inform future strategy. The forward-looking component specifically considered the intended shift in the latter half of the project from building institution-focused engagements to achieving scale and catalysing ecosystem change.
The collaborative approach to the evaluation included theory of change and validation workshops with the AFA team and MasterCard Foundation. This helped map a pathway to consolidation of programme activities and a greater focus on learning and knowledge dissemination, guiding the team to have a greater system-wide influence in the agricultural finance sector.
TMEA – Trade Mark East Africa – Assessment
DFID, East Africa
Springfield undertook a detailed institutional and organisational assessment of TMEA. The programme provides trade facilitation (assistance and funding) for the east African Council and the governments of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. The assignment assessed the effectiveness of the institutional governance structure and the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation structure and support systems including value for money, alternative commercial models, knowledge management and wider learning opportunities.
HEKS/EPER strategic drive in Moldova aims to address the disparities and inequalities in development of urban and rural areas. The Springfield Centre was mandated to review two of its three programmes related to income and employment generation, both following a market systems development approach.
The objective of the evaluation was twofold: to assess programme achievements up to date, and to generate insights and learning for designing the subsequent phase. This included an evaluation of project results against impact and systemic change objectives and a process-oriented analysis of intervention design and implementation in line with MSD good practices and guidelines which allowed to interpret and contextualise the programme achievements. Recommendations provided feedback on how the projects can be strengthened in a subsequent phase. As learning was crucial for both project teams, the assignment culminated with an awareness raising session providing more detail on key MSD process that could be improved going forward.
In addition to technical and thematic support to Katalyst provided by Springfield across many years, Springfield have also been contracted by the implementers of the programme to conduct reviews and extract learning. Most recently, a synthesis of three sectoral case studies examined how Katalyst had contributed to systemic change in three sectors of the economy with mulitple complimentary interventions across a decade.
Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) – Assessment
AFA wanted to understand the kind of impact its interventions had on the target group, its sector partners and the financial sector as a hole to learn for future programming. To initiate this learning process, Springfield together with its partner Genesis Analytics conducted an impact assessment of selected AFA projects. The assessment focussed on a qualitative assessment of impacts through in-depth interviews and focus group discussion but included quantitative measures to triangulate findings.
Tanzania Textiles Development Programme
Gatsby Africa/DFID, Tanzania
Springfield has provided advice and support to the TTDP implementing team, the Textiles Development Unit over multiple years. We have provided specific advice on upscaling and transition management, including staffing models, management systems and processes and skills required to support sector transformation through influencing and shaping policy and through strengthening supporting institutions.
CSDP – Cotton Sector Development Programme
Gatsby Africa/DFID, Tanzania
Over three years Springfield have undertaken annual reviews of CSDP. In particular, we have advised on progress, performance, plans, outcomes, impact (scale) and sustainability in: contract farming for private cotton ginning companies; institutional support capacities, quality seed supply and agronomy; and farmer support structures and services including franchising models and the introduction of innovations such as minimum tillage systems to increase crop yields.
PIND – Partnership Initiatives for the Niger Delta, Review
PIND and NDPI commissioned Springfield to conduct a rapid review of their current strategy and portfolio in order to assess the appropriateness and quality of the WASH interventions undertaken through a market systems lens and identify potential next steps in order to improve current and future programming to achieve sustainable and scalable change.
LIFT – Land Investment For Transformation
Springfield have supported recurrent annual reviews of the Land Investment For Transformation (LIFT) programme, with a focus on the economic empowerment component. These reviews have assessed and provided recommendations for strengthening the strategic and tactical performance of LIFT and its application of the market systems lens.
DIAL – Digital Impact Alliance
UN Foundation /SIDA/USAID/Gates Foundation, Global
Springfield have been engaged by the United Nations Foundation, which houses the Digital Impact Alliance, to conduct a baseline assessment to lay the foundations for an assessment of how the organisation created systemic change in the digital ecosystem. DIAL’s mission is to increase the access and quality of digital goods and services to underserved people globally.
Enhancing Youth Employment (EYE) Project
Springfield led an internal evaluation of the EYE programme, culminating in a case study of the project’s intervention in job matching services. The case assessed EYE’s intervention rationale, the performance of project facilitation and its subsequent impact at different levels of the ‘results chain’.
Vocational Education Systems Intervention
As part of its backstopping support, Springfield researched and co-authored a study of the innovative work of SDC’s private sector development programme in driving private-sector led vocational education reform. The study explores changes in the system of curricula reform and efforts to scale the reform agenda nation-wide.
LEAD – Livelihood Enhancement through Agriculture Development
Springfield provided support to DFID to appraise a proposal from BRAC Tanzania. The consultancy explored how the programme design might be adapted to better respond to a robust and effective market systems-oriented approach. The review findings supported a range of recommendations for strengthening the analytical basis of the proposal and the project design and planning process, and addressed weaknesses in the intervention strategy proposed by BRAC.
FSDA – Financial Sector Deepening Africa
FSDA is a financial sector deepening (FSD) trust whose core purpose is to support initiatives to expand access to financial services for the poor. Inputs have included reviews of experience of FSDs in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa, to produce a series of case studies. Also acted as an adviser to support FSDA design and deliver an M4P training course that is intended to help build the capacity of FSD staff to enable them to implement their work more effectively and thereby achieve greater impact, as well inform the design of other knowledge sharing and skills development activities.
SanMarkS Programme in Bangladesh, Review
Sanitation Marketing Systems is a four-year programme funded by SDC and UNICEF aimed at improving the rural sanitation market system in Bangladesh. Springfield were commissioned to undertake the midterm evaluation, reviewing the innovative market‐based sanitation programme in six districts of Bangladesh. The review blends market system evaluation criteria, as well as the DAC criteria, and provides both an analysis of progress to date and recommendations for future work. The review was presented to SDC and has informed strategic direction for a potential second phase of the programme.
RAIN – Revitalising Agricultural Incomes and New Markets
Mercy Corps, Ethiopia
Springfield led a review and lesson harvesting of RAIN’s experience in the animal health inputs sector in the Somali region. The Case explored the benefits and challenges of adopting and operationalising a market systems approach and identified lessons for programme and more widely with regards to the application of MSD in fragile, post-relief contexts.
FDT – Forestry Development Trust
Gatsby Africa/DFID, Tanzania
The Springfield Centre has been engaged by DFID to conduct annual reviews of the Forestry Development Trust programme implemented by Gatsby Africa for a number of years. The programme aims to develop asset values and income from forestry for poor people in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Springfield have provide a critical analysis which has proven helpful to both DFID and the programme to improve outcomes over time.
EELA – Energy Efficiency in Small Brick Enterprises, Review
SDC, Latin America
EELA is the first programme to apply M4P principles in the climate change. The programme worked with technology providers, financial institutions, and government authorities to encourage the adoption of more energy efficient brick firing technologies.
The review included both an assessment of general DAC criteria, as well as an assessment of the market systems changes facilitated by the programme.
BIF – Business Innovation Facility
DFID invited Springfield to undertake a strategic review of the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) and its performance against its transformational mandate in Malawi, Bangladesh, India, Zambia and Nigeria. The review assessed the BIF theory of change and its alignment with activities on-the-ground, made recommendations for the design of phase 2, and supported BIF2 inception in Myanmar and Malawi.