Published: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:47:40 GMT
Updated: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:40:37 GMT
In order to deliver valuable results and increase transparency in the development cooperation Sida and other actors carry out a range of evaluations and assessment of Sida support and programmes. Below follows a list of evaluations relevant to the work performed by the Unit for Research Cooperation and its partners.
Innovation for growth
Evaluation summary: Support to Innovation Systems and
Clusters within Sida's Research Cooperation
Sida Rewiew of
Authors: Samson Kinyanjui, Ian M. Timæus.
Sida Review 2010:11
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Policy, Team for Global and
Swedish Research Cooperation.
INDEPTH is a network of 37 health and demographic surveillance
system (HDSS) sites based in the developing world that was set up
by its members to raise their research productivity by sharing
experience and skills and mounting multi-site research projects.
This vision has proved relevant. INDEPTH has developed into a
well-established network over the past decade and made effective
progress toward these goals, but needs to continue to promote the
conduct of more and better quality research using these HDSS data.
This report suggests some changes to INDEPTH's structures and
working procedures that should enable it to function more effi
ciently. It also identifi es some challenges that the Network
should address in order to enhance its achievements and further
increase its scientific and policy impact.
Sida Review of Research Cooperation with Makerere
Authors: Phyllis Freeman, Eva Johansson, Jerker
Sida Review 2010:10
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Longterm Program Cooperation
Swedish research cooperation with Uganda is aimed at building up
sustainable institutional research capacity in order for Uganda to
have its own knowledge base to address national problems. To
contribute to the establishment of a coherent agenda for research
and research training, support has been focused at Makerere
University (MU). The evaluation found MU has advanced in research
capacity and transformed the research environment on campus using
external funding to which Sida has contributed. The achievements
are remarkable given major deficits in central administrative
functions to support research and research education. Collaboration
with Swedish universities have markedly enhanced supervision,
publication in the science disciplines, and preparation of a new
generation of research mentors for PhD and Master students. Despite
the success of the program, a number of issues needs to be resolved
for MU to achieve its great potential for further gains in building
research capacity, these include; deficits in university
administration, financial management, and program governance.
Sida Evaluation of IVI 2000-2006
Authors: Leif Gothefors, Marita Troye-Blomberg, Lars Åke
Sida Evaluation 2007:09
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Research Cooperation
Tracing Research Capacities in Vietnam:
Vietnam - Sweden Bilateral Research Cooperation
Author: Solveig Freudenthal.
Published by: Sida 2009
Department: Sida Secretariat for Research Cooperation
Research cooperation can assist a country in developing a
knowledge foundation, including analytical capacity, which is one
of the enabling conditions for the alleviation of poverty. Within
Sida's research support, the sandwich model suggests that research
capacities are strengthened and sustained through training both in
Sweden and the partner countries. This report traces research
capacities and the use of research developed through sandwich
training within the Viet Nam-Sweden research cooperation, that
dates back to 1976. Based on the perspectives of Vietnamese
researchers, the report assesses the sandwich training and provides
recommendations as to how to improve research collaboration.
Evaluation of Sida's Support to Innovation Systems
and Clusters, a Research Cooperation Initiative
Authors: Evaluation team: Amitav Rath, Bitrina Daniel Diyamett,
Mario Francisco Bazán Borja, Fernando Prada Mendoza, Francisco
Sagasti.Advisory and Quality Assurance: Andrew Barnett and Jacques
Sida Evaluation 2012:5
Jointly commissioned by Sida's Unit for Monitoring and Evaluation
and the Unit for Research Cooperation.
This evaluation report provides an overview of ten programs in
the areas of Innovation Systems and Cluster initiatives supported
by Sida's Unit for Research Cooperation. The evaluation was
commissioned with the objective to draw strategic knowledge from
the innovation programs supported by Sida. The evaluation assesses
the portfolio as a collection of "ways of working" within
scientific research cooperation programs. The report highlights
that support and investment in Innovation Systems can be excellent
means for encouraging the use of research as a tool for
development. The report was carried out by an independent
evaluation team, and it is presented in two volumes; a Main Report,
which focuses on the portfolio in general, and a Collection of
Individual Cases, which contains more detailed information.
Review of Sida's Research Cooperation - Synthesis
Author: Krister Eduards.
Sida Evaluation 2006:57
Commissioned by Sida, Secretariat for Evaluation and Internal
Sweden has provided support for research in developing countries
and research cooperation with developing countries since 1975.
Research cooperation has developed from projects involving a
national research council and individual researchers to more
institutional support aimed at building up sustainable research
capacity. Research support is administered by Sida's Department for
Research Cooperation, SAREC, and forms approximately 6% of Sida's
allocations for development cooperation. This report is the fi nal
product of a review of the Sida's research cooperation. Six studies
have been implemented focused on three operational components;
bilateral university cooperation, support to international and
regional organisations and networks and support to Swedish research
on developing countries. SAREC's organization has also been
reviewed. The studies were implemented using limited timeframes;
consequently they are not standard evaluations. Issues covered
include the relevance of research cooperation to overall
development goals. Should the utilisation of research results be
further promoted? Can SAREC work more with the dissemination of
research results? The review also discusses the fi nancing of
Swedish development research and the roles and responsibilities of
SAREC and other research fi nanciers. In addition, issues
concerning research cooperation in Sida's portfolio, coordination
between research projects and Sida's other activities, plus the
role of research cooperation in cooperation strategies are taken
Evaluation of 30 Years of Research Cooperation
between Sweden and Nicaragua
Authors: Kimberly Inksater et. al.
Published by: Sida, 2011
The Evaluation covers the research cooperation between Sweden
and Nicaragua during the period 1981 to 2011. It provides a
historical background including the methodological development of
the cooperation itself as well as policy changes and different
funding modalities. It comments on challenges, strengths and
weaknesses internal to the institutions themselves and to external
conditions influencing the cooperation. The evaluation focuses on
research capacity building at six public institutions In Nicaragua
and the results (output, outcome and impact) with respect to 1)
research capacity and production of scientific results, 2)
institutional capacity - (infrastructure, management) and 3) the
impact of building institutional research capacity in Nicaraguan
society,. The evaluation also reviews the efforts to ensure
sustainability of human and financial resources.
Establishing a Research University in
Author: Erik W. Thulstrup.
Published by: Sida, 2011
Sida support to UNAH in Honduras started in 2005 and ended in
2011. The support was an effort to respond to the government's and
civil society's proposal to strengthen the national research
capacity. The support was given in order to contribute in solving
the most pressing issues concerning the areas of health and
technology. The overall goal of the Swedish research cooperation
with Honduras has been to assist the country in its efforts to
reform the higher education and research sector to attain human
development. This evaluations purpose is to analyze and assess the
results and sustainability ofresults of the Swedish Development
Cooperation Agency Research Cooperation support to Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, UNAH during the period 2005-2010.
Sida does not necessarily share the views expressed in this
booklet. Responsibility for its content rest entirely with the
Assessment of Sida Support to MST in
Authors: Sten-Åke Elming and Kenneth Abrahamsson.
Our task has been to make an in-depth assessment of Sida support
to Ministry of Science and Technology, MCT within the Research
Cooperation with Mozambique, with the purpose of evaluating the
relevance for a future support from Sida and to give
recommendations for improvements. Special attention has been paid
to the role of National research Council, FNI, its objective,
institutional setting and operations and dissemination of results.
We have also looked at the role of the Regional Centres for Science
and Technology (CRCTs), and tools of promoting science, technology
and innovation governed by the Ministry of Science and Technology,
The assessment has taken place during March and April, 2010 and
in close collaboration with MTC/FNI, the Swedish Embassy and Sida.
We would like to express our gratitude and satisfaction with the
support we have received from MCT and FNI in organising a very
tight programme and also provide a good mix of activities from
local visits in the agricultural sector and research environments
to the FNI-setting as well as introductory meeting and follow up at
the Ministry of Science and Technology, MTC.
Our overall assessment is that FNI, considering contextual and
infrastructural factors, well lives up to what can be expected from
a very young national research funding organization, both in terms
of research administration and management of funds and since the
start it has made substantial progress in the development of its
institutional context and good practices in operations. It is,
however, still an obvious need to continue to work with the
development of an optimal model for STI-support and management of
FNI in Mozambique. Thus, our assessment also comprises
recommendations for future development of FNI.
External Evaluation of the International
Foundation for Science (IFS)
Authors: Rosa Muraguri-Mwololo, Roland Schertenleib, Arne
2010-01-14 Final report
Evaluation of Sida supported ICT Project at
Authors: Alan Greenberg, Gerrit Versluis.
Sida Evaluation 2005:17
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Research Co-operation
Throughout the evaluation process, all participants (and
particularly those from government ministries and agencies) were
fully aware of the projects, and extremely grateful to Sida for the
instrumental part that it has played in supporting the
redevelopment of Makerere.
By all standards, the changes at Makerere University related to
its use of ICT have been phenomenal. Although far from flawless,
the various projects have been implemented in a timely manner, and
have been accompanied by the pre-requisite organizational changes.
Physical implementations (installation of networks, servers,
computers) have been well done, while the efforts requited for
personnel intensive tasks (major software integration, data
conversion) were initially underestimated. The social engineering
changes needed to get all staff and students to effectively use
this new technology are more difficult. However, significant
headway has been made and senior administration seems to appreciate
that the job is far from complete.
Makerere University has set its target at integrating ICT into
all of its functions on a comparable level to similar institutions
in the west. This is an admirable and reasonable long-term goal.
However, such a target requires a very robust human and technical
infrastructure. There is a danger that in trying to do this too
fast, quality and sustainability may be sacrificed. Keeping this
potential pitfall in focus, Makerere can achieve its long-term goal
and be the example.
The Swedish Research Cooperation with
Authors: Johan Mouton, Torbjörn Fagerström, Adriaan Louw, F. F.
Tusubira, Jimmy Volmink.
Sida Evaluation 2007:36
Commissioned by Sida, Department for Research Cooperation