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Index of Case Studies:



Strategic Programming 

In 2011 John conducted a review of Australia’s engagement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He was the Performance Analyst on a 3-person team reviewing organisational and performance changes in IFAD since 2004 and the options for Australia to re-engage with the Fund. This case study highlights the strategic programming and analysis services we offer. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Strategic Programming (Global IFAD).pdf


Operational Design 


The Timor-Leste Seeds for Life Program is designed to improve food security through increased productivity of major food crops. The program builds on 2 earlier phases to select improved food crop varieties for rainfed agriculture in Timor-Leste, scale-up seed production through formal and informal channels and strengthen government institutions relevant to effective seed production systems for food crops. In 2010 John prepared the Quality at Entry review presented in the case study as part of his inputs as a member of the 2-person Technical Advisory Group providing high level technical and management advice to AusAID, ACIAR, and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. For an example of the TAG reports, see: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/countries/eastasia/timor-leste/Documents/sol3-tag2-report.pdf . The TAG inputs are part of an on-going continuous improvement process with 1-2 visits to the program each year. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Operational Design (Timor-Leste QAE SOL3).pdf

Other examples include an independent peer review of the design for pro-poor rural development project in eastern Indonesia as part of AusAID Indonesia Partnership for Decentralisation (see: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/countries/eastasia/indonesia/Documents/aipd-qae.pdf ) and support the Phase 3 design of the Africa Food Security Initiative (2013).

Nicky led a team for CARE Vietnam to design a drought response program for the USAID Program for Drought Preparedness and Mitigation in Vietnam. The program aimed to enhance the capacity of people from poor households and districts to sustainably live with recurrent drought in Binh Dinh through activities that contribute to drought preparedness and mitigation, efficient and sustainable use of limited resources. Nicky led the team to undertake a needs assessment, scoped the proposal and developed an evaluation plan. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Operational Design (Vietnam – CARE Drought Response).pdf

Organisational Capacity Building 


John led the Vietnam Australia Monitoring and Evaluation Strengthening Project Phase II (VAMESP II) between 2004 and 2008. This included design and management of an organisational capacity building program in six stakeholder Ministries and seven stakeholder Provinces to trial a national M&E system prior to institutionalisation and national roll out. The attached case study presents the capacity building syllabus and related information developed by John and other members of the VAMESP II team. It is an example of the outputs used to support a successful national institutional change process towards performance-based management, which was presented to the June 2007 meeting of OECD DAC Evaluation Network in Paris (see http://www.oecd.org/dac/evaluation/dcdndep/38717773.pdf as well as http://www.mfdr.org/rt3/glance/day3/CaseStudyM&ECapacityBuildingVN.pdf ).

See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Capacity Development (Vietnam – VAMESP II) [A], and [B].pdf

Theory of Change / Program Logic Facilitation 


Australian Aid began a new program of support to Caribbean countries in 2009. John Fargher worked with AusAID, other government agencies and Caribbean delivery partners to facilitate and prepare the program theory at program, sector and initiative levels. This case study demonstrates a practical approach to program theory. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Program Theory (Caribbean Program Theory of Change).pdf

Other recent examples include facilitating a program theory workshop with government partners for the Tonga Economic and Public Sector governance Delivery Strategy.

Strategic Evaluation 


In 2010 John led a thematic evaluation of AusAID contributions to research in PNG. The team evaluated Australian programs supporting the Institute of Medical Research, National Research Institute and Agricultural Research and Development Support Facility in PNG. Lessons learned contributed to a thematic evaluation of the role of research in development and the contribution Australia was making to change resulting from research activities. This case study highlights strategic evaluative thinking to support thematic programming decisions. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Strategic Evaluation (PNG – Thematic Evaluation of Research).pdf

Other examples include John’s strategic review of Australia’s assistance to rural development for the Office of Development Assistance in AusAID.
See: http://www.ode.ausaid.gov.au/publications/documents/rural-development-review-report.pdf

Strategic Monitoring and Program Performance Systems 


During the development phase of the Australian Multilateral Assessment John prepared a concept note for a Delivery Partner Performance Assessment process to be used by AusAID with core delivery partners including World Bank, Asian Development Bank, NGOs, Whole-of-Government agencies and commercial contractors as well as partner governments. This work later developed into support for the AusAID Whole-of-Government Branch as it worked with partners to develop and implement Universal Standards for Australian Aid. This case study demonstrates strategic systems thinking for complex programmatic monitoring. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Strategic Monitoring (Multilateral Partner Monitoring).pdf

Activity Monitoring and Performance Systems 


During 2010/11 John worked with a team at the Australia Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (AIFDR) and their Indonesian counterparts to prepare and implement a monitoring and evaluation framework for the A$65m facility. This case study demonstrates a practical, program-scale activities monitoring and performance system. Similar work has been conducted in PNG (e.g. Strongim Gavman Program, 2010-2013), Cambodia (e.g. Cambodia Community Justice Assistance Partnership, 2013-15); and Tonga (e.g. Economic and Public Sector Governance Delivery Strategy, 2013). See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Activity Monitoring (Indonesia - AIFDR PAF).pdf

Activity Evaluation 


John led a cluster evaluation of education programs in Aceh, Papua and Papua Barat to inform strategic choices about whether separate support should continue or whether these provinces should join the Australia Indonesia Education Partnership. This case study demonstrates our practical and evidence-based approach to activity evaluation. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Activity Evaluation (Indonesia – Education Cluster).pdf

Other recent examples of activity evaluations conducted by John include mid-term reviews of the Australian Aid Latin America Program (2013); the Australian Aid Caribbean Program (2012); and the Australia Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction conducted (2011, see: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/countries/eastasia/indonesia/Documents/aifdr-ipr-ipm.pdf ); plus terminal evaluations for Australia Nusa Tenggara Assistance for Regional Autonomy and Smallholder Agriculture Development Initiative (2010, see: http://www.oecd.org/derec/australia/48473790.pdf and http://www.ausaid.gov.au/Publications/Documents/antara-icr.pdf ) and a 2009 review of the PNG Sub-National Strategy (http://www.ausaid.gov.au/Publications/Pages/5149_9447_5635_732_9832.aspx ).

Environment and Sustainable Development 


Nicky led the US Asia Environment Partnership for USAID between 2004 and 2006. She supported the planning, implementation and evaluation of small grants, international and local exchanges and technical assistance to improve air quality, water quality and management, hazardous waste management, sustainable tourism and responsible care in the chemical industry. This is a case study of practical ESD investment planning and management. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study ESD (Vietnam - USAEP).pdf

Social Development 


Nicky conducted research in South Africa into the most effective ways to mobilise rural communities to form catchment forums for participatory planning under the new Water Law in the post-apartheid era. She facilitated the formation of Water Users Associations and Catchment Forums through empowerment of rural communities in the Kat River Basin in the former Ciskei. She also undertook baseline, KAP, mid-term and final evaluation assessments. This case study is an example of practical social development at work. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Social Development (South Africa – Catchment Forums).pdf

Agricultural Productivity 


John supported AusAID and CSIRO during the design of the third phase of Australian Research Partnerships supporting the Africa Food Security Initiative. Part of his inputs explored the importance of different adoption pathways for improving agricultural productivity. This case study demonstrates the importance of understanding theoretical foundations for changing behaviour to achieve improved agricultural productivity. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Agricultural Productivity (Africa - AFSI).pdf

Other examples of John’s outputs supporting agricultural productivity include his strategic review of Australia’s assistance to rural development for the Office of Development Assistance in AusAID (2012, see: http://www.ode.ausaid.gov.au/publications/documents/rural-development-review-report.pdf ) and terminal evaluations for Australia Nusa Tenggara Assistance for Regional Autonomy (ANTARA) and Smallholder Agriculture Development Initiative (SADI) (2010, see: http://www.oecd.org/derec/australia/48473790.pdf and http://www.ausaid.gov.au/Publications/Documents/antara-icr.pdf ).

Rural Market Development 


John led evaluations of two rural market development programs in Indonesia: the Australia Nusa Tenggara Assistance for Regional Autonomy (ANTARA) and the Smallholder Agriculture Development Initiative (SADI). These two AusAID programs worked at district level to address access to markets, agricultural productivity, business environment and access to finance for smallholders and rural enterprises in four provinces. Integrated farming systems were a focus as well as value chains for cocoa, coffee, peanuts, maize and cattle. In both he explored the relationship between smallholder producers and warehouse and processor companies with strong market access. For the full 2010 reports, see: http://www.oecd.org/derec/australia/48473790.pdf & http://www.ausaid.gov.au/Publications/Documents/antara-icr.pdf ).

This case study presents John’s strategic review recommending future directions for AusAID investment in rural market development in eastern Indonesia under a decentralisation context. See: John Fargher + Associates – Case Study Rural Market Development (Indonesia – SADI + ANTARA).pdf