END TERM EVALUATION- FAMILY STRENGTHENING INTEGRATED CHILD CARE PROGRAMME
SOS Children’s Villages support children within their communities and familiar environments in Kenya. Besides just giving children a new home, SOS Family Strengthening Programmes
enable children at the brink of losing family care to grow up in a caring family environment. The intervention model directly targets children and youth by ensuring access to basic needs and services, including quality healthcare and education. The capacity of caregivers is also developed towards self-reliance, and that of community-based partners is strengthened to create a strong safety net around vulnerable children and youth.
SOS Children’s Villages through an integrated alternative care and family strengthening programme, was set up to ensure quality care for 1,200 vulnerable children in Busia County. They partnered with several NGOs, community-based organizations, and the country’s government to make the Programme sustainable and reach targeted families and children. During implementation, they focused on 250 families in the Matayo area in Busia County and their 1,000 children, who risk losing parental care, and 200 children who have already lost their parents’ care.
The integrated child care programme is implemented to ensure support and Care for neglected, abandoned, or abused children in Busia, Kenya, who have lost or are at risk of losing their parents’ care. The project had five specific objectives galvanized around strengthening vulnerable families and educating national and local stakeholders; these were;
- Develop and set up a referral system for alternative family-based care options.
- Strengthen vulnerable families to prevent 1,000 children from losing parental care.
- Placement of 200 children in kinship and guardianship families or foster care families.
- Strengthening the quality of existing alternative care options.
- Empowering community leaders and community-based organizations.
- Raising awareness of children’s rights and enhancing child participation.
- Advocacy on a local and national level.
This end-term evaluation would seek to give an independent assessment of progress to date of the project across the outcomes; assessing performance as per the foreseen targets and indicators of achievement at the output level, strategies and implementation modalities chosen, partnership arrangements, as well as constraints and opportunities. The evaluation will also measure the Programme’s impact against the proposed changes or outcomes and provide strategic and operational recommendations.
Specifically, the assessment will:
- Measure the Programme’s relevance according to the needs assessment and choice of action plans, partners, and implementation modalities.
- Measure the programme’s degree of implementation, efficiency, and quality delivered on outputs and outcomes, against what was initially planned
- Asses management of the operation of the project, including staff management
- Assess synergies with other relevant stakeholders
- Assess knowledge management and sharing, including the information and communication component of the Programme
- To make recommendations for improving future programmes.
The evaluation survey will be conducted in Matayos Sub-county, Busia County, focusing on the project-specific operation areas: Nasewa, Bukhayo west, Lwanya, Busibwabo, and Nangoma locations. The survey will aim to reach out to targeted Family Strengthening Integrated Child Care Programme beneficiaries across the project area, relevant Government officials, Technical Assistance Partners (if any), and select Community Groups within