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Description

The Ford Foundation is seeking letters of interest for an external strategy evaluation of its program on Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice International (GREJ-I). We are circulating this overview document to all interested evaluators ahead of a formal RFP process. 

Background

The current strategy of Ford’s GREJ-I program supports efforts to reduce violence by supporting women, girl, and gender-diverse-led organizations, particularly in the Global South, and placing those most affected at the center of developing solutions. 

GREJ-I believes to effectively tackle gender-based violence (GBV), we must deeply consider the interactions of multiple power dynamics. These encompass economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental systems, which often exacerbate existing systems of oppression that naturalize violence based on gender and sexuality. These structures intersect with patriarchy, racism, ethnicity, classism, casteism, colonialism, and (dis)ability to perpetuate discriminatory practices and reproduce stigma, ultimately limiting the full realization of individual and collective rights. 

The GREJ-I team envisions a future liberated from gender norms and expectations. The freedom from (including, but not limited to) physical, emotional, online, sexual, and psychological abuse and threats. We envision a future where all systems and structures fulfill their obligations for justice and freedom from violence. All people will have the rights, power, autonomy, and agency to live, shape, and imagine their full lives.

Purpose of evaluation 

The Ford Foundation is committed to evaluations that answer questions about the complex social change our programs focus on. This means seeking evidence in the form of qualitative and quantitative data - it means not relying on rigid methodologies or treating numbers as more value-neutral and objective. It means ensuring we are not being extractive or overly burdensome on grantees. It means clearly communicating the purpose of our evaluations. And it means sharing information in a transparent way that is useful not only for the Ford Foundation but for our grantees and the broader social justice field. 

With these principles at the center, Ford is seeking an evaluation and thought partner to help us do the following:

  • Explicate the GREJ-I program’s underlying theory of change and assumptions;

  • Assess how the strategy sought to respond to the challenges/problems articulated in the theory of change, what progress was made toward outcomes, and what was Ford’s contribution;

  • Generate lessons to strengthen and refine the theory of change and underlying assumptions to inform the next 5-year cycle of strategic grantmaking;

  • Share field-facing lessons externally and as appropriate.

It is important to note that this is not an evaluation to interrogate the individual efforts of our grantees. Rather, it is to understand how the work of Ford’s GREJ-I strategy was conceived and operationalized; what outcomes we are able to observe from the aggregate efforts of a portfolio of grantees in the past 4-5 years; and what of Ford’s role we can discern in contributing to outcomes. Moreover, we are as interested in learning about what is working as what is not working. 

Below, we’ve listed the broad lines of inquiry that all Ford strategy evaluations examine. 

Level

Lines of inquiry

Theory of change, strategy design, and implementation

  • What was GREJ-I’s underlying theory of change?

  • What did GREJ-I do, based on its underlying theory (or theories) of change?

  • How did GREJ-I support our grantees in an effort to make progress toward outcomes?  Where, on what, and how did the team grant make?

Results/what happened?

  • Ultimately, what was achieved towards each strategy outcome and at an aggregate level? What wasn’t achieved, and why? 

  • What went as expected? What surprised us? 

  • What was GREJ-I ‘s role in contributing to progress toward our outcomes? 

  • How do we situate what was achieved and what was GREJ-I's role, relative to national, regional, and global socio-political trends? 

Lessons to inform strategy refresh

  • What did we learn about how change happens? How do we understand progress toward outcomes relative to external trends?

  • What are the lessons learned regarding strategy and implementation to inform future strategic grantmaking? 

  • What should GREJ-I consider as we head into the next strategy cycle?

In addition to these standard lines of inquiry, we will identify additional learning questions specific to GREJ-I. We anticipate a participatory design process through which Ford and the selected evaluators will refine, prioritize, and finalize these questions: 

  • What can we learn about taking a global frame for reducing GBV and adapting it to different regional strategies? What factors enable/hinder progress on reducing GBV at the global level versus at the regional level?

  • What have we learned about specifically focusing on prevention, along the spectrum of prevention and response in reducing GBV? What progress is possible given the state of the field? 

  • What have we learned about centering the most marginalized in our approach to reducing GBV?

Intended Users

The primary users of the evaluation are the Ford Foundation who will use lessons to inform the next 5-year strategy cycle of the program. Secondary users include Ford grantees and the social justice sector more broadly. Relative to Ford grantees, we want to ensure that we balance participatory approaches - seeking grantee input and feedback all along the evaluation process - with a principle of being as unburdensome as possible. Moreover, wherever we can, we want to ensure that information and lessons resulting from this evaluation are informed by, and useful for our grantees. Finally, we commit to sharing lessons learned with the social justice sector and other funders of civic space and equality efforts.  

Budget

Please note the budget for this evaluation is $300,000. It is also worth noting that given Ford’s efforts to support the true costs of our partners, we are not looking to reward the lowest-cost project. 

Appendix I - GREJ-I Strategy Outcomes 

Listed below are GREJ-I’s 5-year strategy outcomes, which will be the bedrock of the evaluation.  They are listed by office. Note that there are select grants made by our Latin American offices that fall under our Global strategy.  

GREJ-I Global (inclusive of Latin America grants)

  1. Global and regional actors increase funding consistent with feminist principles to prevent GBV.   

  2. Global and regional actors increasingly support prevention programming that addresses key gaps, and is effective, inclusive, and culturally relevant.

  3. Global actors and feminist movements ensure that GBV is embedded into global gender equality frameworks and policies, and ensures accountability, justice, and healing. 

GREJ-I Southern Africa 

  1.  The South African government makes significant investments in effective GBV programming that reflects the needs and priorities of diverse communities of womxn and girls.

  2. Civil society and government work constructively and in partnership with diverse groups of marginalized womxn and girls to identify prevention policies and programming that reflect womxn and girls’ priorities. 

  3. Civil society actors, comprised of, researchers, advocates, and survivors work more closely to ensure that policies and priorities are empirically grounded within feminist analysis and consistent with a survivor-centered approach to VAWG. 

  4. The broad commitment and political will evidenced in South Africa alongside the robust partnerships between diverse stakeholders is replicated at the regional institutional level.

GREJ-I West Africa 

  1. A broad cohort of champions led by traditional, religious, and community leaders work to shift cultural norms and practices to prevent GBV.  

  2. Relevant government and religious institutions at the state, national, and regional levels work closely with traditional, religious, and community leaders, to develop policies and practices that prevent GBV and ensure the implementation of existing policies. 

  3. Women most affected by GBV increasingly shape the priorities and strengthen the advocacy infrastructure of GBV prevention work, particularly related to interventions with traditional, religious, and community leaders and institutions.

GREJ-I India, Nepal, Sri Lanka 

  1. Policies and practices on public space (including online) violence increasingly reflect the priorities and advocacy of women’s and girls’ rights organizations, specifically as relates to labor force participation and education.

  2. Women’s and girls’ rights organizations in India and networks in the region strengthen the evidence base that centers marginalized women and girls in identifying interventions that shift cultural norms and values related to preventing and responding to VAWG.

  3. Women’s and girls’ rights advocates design and implement strategic communications efforts that have been demonstrated to shift patriarchal norms and attitudes regarding VAWG in public (including online) spaces.



Requirements

Deliverables

The specific timeline and deliverables will be mutually developed in dialogue with the Ford Foundation.  At a high level, we envision the following phases/activities, with anticipated start of October 2024 and completion around May 2025:

  • Discovery phase with evaluation partner and Ford that results in finalized evaluation questions, methodology, and implementation plan;

    • If applicable, an explication of the implicit theory of change

  • Data collection

  • Analysis

  • Draft findings

  • Final analysis, report, and reflections

  • Dissemination events (internal and external)

Evaluation Partner Profile

While no partner profile and proposal will meet all the criteria below, the following qualifications are key areas of consideration in the review and selection of the incumbent. We welcome partnerships or collaborations between firms and/or individual consultants, especially those from and with deep experience working with the communities we support. 

  • Experience with strategy-level monitoring, evaluation, and learning of complex social change, with a focus on social justice evaluation.

  • Interdisciplinary subject-area expertise in GBV prevention at the intersection of economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental systems. 

  • Expertise working in the geographies where Ford GREJ-I works (mostly in Nigeria, South Africa, and India, with select grants in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico). 

  • Familiarity with policymaking /policy analysis and experience working with actors operating across different levels (e.g. community-grassroots, national, cross-regional, and global levels, including work in the multilateral spaces and global governance systems). 

  • Commitment to and demonstration of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the evaluation team, with a particular focus on representation and leadership from the regions where Ford works (Nigeria, South Africa, and India in particular).

    • Please note that any firms or individual consultants from India must be registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act to be eligible for this RFP

  • Strong experience with power analysis; equity-focused, culturally responsive, indigenous, Made in Africa, and/or feminist evaluation methodologies; and engaging multiple stakeholders as participants, contributors, and co-learners

  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research and analytical skills, with particular focus on rigorous qualitative methods that allow for complex analysis 

  • Experience conducting evaluations for philanthropy (private, bilateral, multilateral)

  • Strong written and visual communication as well as storytelling skills 

  • Working style that is thought partnership-oriented; willing to be iterative and adaptable to scope, pace, and benchmarks in response to the unexpected

Submission detail

In line with our efforts to center equity in evaluation, we aim to reduce the burden on evaluators who are interested in applying for this work. Therefore, we ask those interested to please submit a letter of interest (LOI) with the below details by June 6th, 2024 at 5:00 pm EST. The LOI should be seen as a starting point for a longer conversation with our team. 

In 5 pages or less, the LOI should briefly outline the following: 

  • A statement describing why you are interested in and how you are well-placed to support this work, including a summary of particular areas of expertise (per the scope, outlined above), as well as areas where you may need support;

    • Please provide 1-2 examples of work that show your interest and experience. This can be outside the 5-page limit.

  • A brief summary of your principles for evaluation. Please note any policies, and/or practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • A description of the team, including expected roles and responsibilities

    • CVs for the proposed team can be outside the 5-page recommended limit. 

We ask that all interested applicants submit LOIs to Kelsey Simmons at k.simmons@fordfoundation.org and Gauri Nagpal g.nagpal@fordfoundation.org by June 6th, 2024 at 5:00 PM EST. 

Please note that we will hold a webinar to address questions related to this LOI on Thursday, May 23rd from 8:00-9:00 AM EST. Please complete this form if you wish to attend the session. The session will be recorded - we are happy to share the recording if you cannot attend at the scheduled time. 

Post-LOI steps

Following the review of LOI submissions, we will invite a smaller pool of up to 5 LOI applicants/teams to submit a proposal, including a budget. From here, we will select up to 3 applicants to discuss their interest and proposals in 1-hour video/phone calls, after which we will make final decisions. 

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