INTRAC carried out a Mid Term Review (in 2013) and Final Evaluation (2014-2015) of the Canadian Red Cross (CRC)’s Disaster Risk Reduction Initiative (DRRI). This had a focus on countries affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
It was a different approach for CRC in working through more of a partnership approach with its civil society partners at the field level than it usually has employed: through partner national societies (e.g. German RC), through the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC’s) and through the implementing National Society itself with CRC oversight (e.g. the Maldives RC).
The programme sought to identify and pilot innovative approaches to DRR. This entailed linking the RC/RC’s traditional humanitarian approach with longer term development approaches for greater sustainability and longer term resilience.
The focus of the Mid-Term Review was primarily on the management of the DRRI fund itself and assessed the value-added of the DRRI donor modality. The Final Evaluation looked at the overall relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the DRRI programme in terms of its objectives and changes in the lives of intended beneficiaries. The methodology included an initial workshop with participants from across the programme countries, a literature review and visits to four countries – Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Maldives and Thailand.