Montrose’s evaluation of UNICEF’s Township Education Improvement Plan (TEIP) activities in Myanmar has received international recognition for its high quality, being ranked amongst the top 5 evaluations for 2016 by the UNICEF Global Evaluation Reports Oversight System (GEROS).

Montrose’s 2015-2016 evaluation of UNICEF Myanmar’s TEIP activities, commissioned as part of a wider review into QBEP (Quality Basic Education Programme) programming nationally, was intended to examine the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and likely sustainability of QBEP’s TEIP activities to date, identify lessons learned and formulate recommendations for future programming. Montrose conducted an in-depth mixed-methods evaluation, comparing results between TEIP locations and non-TEIP comparison sites, with findings summarised in a final evaluation report providing detailed findings and recommendations for UNICEF.

Each year, the UNICEF Evaluation Office publishes a list of the 15 best evaluations of UNICEF programming as assessed by GEROS. GEROS was established in 2010 in response to a request by the UNICEF Executive Board to enhance the quality and use of evaluations managed by UNICEF. A major component of the system is the review of the quality of final evaluation reports by an independent external company, with evaluations assigned a score based on various measures of their usefulness and technical rigour. Montrose’s evaluation of the QBEP TEIP activities in Myanmar was ranked in the global top 5 from 2016, among the only evaluations to be awarded a rating of Highly Satisfactory. Multiple aspects of the final evaluation report were praised in the feedback provided, including the evaluation structure and presentation, conclusions and recommendations provided for UNICEF.

The UNICEF ‘Best Evaluations List’ for 2016 is available here.