Pacific Women program to undertake Six-Year Evaluation

Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women), Australia’s major gender equality program, will be undertaking its Six-Year Evaluation from September 2019–September 2020.

The evaluation will be conducted in two stages, seeking to answer three high-level questions:

(1) To what extent has Pacific Women progressed towards its intended outcomes and contributed to sustainable change?

(2) How can the program maximise impact and sustainability over the last three years of implementation?

(3) To what extent have the recommendations of the Three-Year Evaluation been progressed?

The findings of the evaluation will support effective implementation of the final three years of the program and help to guide any Australian gender equality investments that follow.

The first component will run from September–December 2019 and will rapidly provide the information needed for immediate planning and program improvement. It will focus on achievements, lessons and ongoing challenges. The evaluation team will review program documents and visit Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu to hold consultations with government, implementing partners and other stakeholders.

It is expected that the findings from the whole evaluation will be of value for Pacific governments as well as organisations and partners working in the Pacific to support gender equality.

The second component will run from December 2019–September 2020 and will further examine the context in which Pacific Women operates. It will focus on the social, cultural and political structures and norms that shape women’s and men’s lives. Consultations will document women’s experiences across the Pacific, as well as their likely future needs and aspirations. This will be central to achieving overall program effectiveness.

The second component will be conducted by Pacific researchers using methodologies that align to Pacific ways of knowing and understanding change. Different methods will be used to hear from women in various Pacific countries including those people living in remote and rural areas as well as young women and women with disabilities.

If you have any questions on the evaluation or would like to provide feedback please email pacificwomenevaluation@gmail.com.