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Eminence has recently nominated to conduct the Evaluation of “Save the Children International, Bangladesh Shiree Scale Fund project” in collaboration with Catalyst Management Services (CMS), India.  The objective of the evaluation is to assess the impacts of the SHIREE Scale Fund-Household Economic and Food Security (HES) Project: (Phase 1 and 2) and in particular the effectiveness of the approaches used to secure graduation of extremely poor people. Four key areas to be evaluated:-the impact, value for money, scale and replicability and sustainability.

Our team comprises experts in livelihoods, health and nutrition, gender and impact and program evaluators. Ted Greiner, Professor of Nutrition at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea is being involved as International consultant mainly focusing the nutrition and food security component of the project. Besides, Naseem Akhter Hussain- Professor of Department of Government and Politics at Jahangir Nagar University is being involved as Gender Specialist focusing the Women Empowerment, component of the project.

This evaluation study has been implementing in six Upazillas under Khulna and Bagerhat districts, south west coastal areas of Bangladesh. After finalization of evaluation tools (qualitative and quantitative) by the expert team members, the field data collectors from social science background received five days intensive training. Total 1600 households were interviewed for quantitative data collection. Moreover, stakeholders from EEP Shiree, Extreme Poverty Research Group, Save the Children UK office specialists from international level and local level key stakeholders were also interviewed to get more insights on the project. Debriefing with key findings for SCiBD, Khulna and Dhaka offices has been carried out on 4th and 7th December accordingly to a way forward for finalization of the report. Experiences impending from this evaluation will help SCiBD to look at the approaches employed during project implementation were effective or not to secure extreme poor households from poverty in their graduation pathway and which component of the program would be much more replicable or scalable than others.

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