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How we have been evaluated

We have taken evaluations of our work very seriously, whether internal self-assessments or carried out by neutral consultants. Two external evaluations have been undertaken  - the first for the early years up to 2001 and the  second much more comprehensive exercise for the period up to 2005, both being funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF).

DSCF2140.jpgThey were generally positive and contained constructive recommendations. Taking the second evaluation, the conclusion was that TWA has achieved project objectives overall, producing very significant impacts on many sectors and at various levels, that TWA has earned a certain level of public recognition as leaders and experts in the fields of ECD, children’s libraries, and reading books and stories to young children and that TWA has made a great deal of difference to many young children who have benefited from their work. It was stated that BvLF should be proud of having supported TWA and made it possible to do all these activities and produce all the impacts. The challenge to both TWA and BvLF was seen as how to maintain the impacts already achieved thus far, and how to build on these impacts for greater and more sustainable impacts in the future.

Major recommendations were:

- TWA should not try to aim at expanding its work by increasing geographical areas of work or increasing the number of population it serves directly.  Instead, it should aim at building networks, seeking and developing more partners, and supporting others to do direct interventions instead of doing everything itself. TWA should therefore build capacities for other organisations and agencies who are engaged in direct interventions;

-  TWA should do more knowledge management to ensure that there is learning from action and experience,  that what is learned is shared,  and that what is learned and shared is used to improve their own work as well as work by partners, stakeholders, the community of practice on ECD, and the general public;

DSCF8739.jpg-  TWA should also think of new ways to involve other sectors in a broad-based awareness-raising and advocacy drive to  develop the critical mass necessary for ECD to be appreciated and really take root;

-  Capacity-building for all staff should be considered essential to TWA’s growth and should be accorded proper importance, so that staff is updated with new knowledge and ideas.  In addition, TWA will need to recruit new staff with other skills needed for the new roles;

-  TWA should try several initiatives in the efforts to retain existing staff, including developing an economic package which is attractive to experienced staff, and actively promote team work and team building;

-  TWA should try to diversify its funding sources and strategies;

-  TWA needs to work even more closely with community organizations, TAOs and government agencies;

-  TWA should also conduct follow-up of participating children and/or longitudinal study.

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