The purpose of this evaluation is to provide an understanding of the impact, gaps and challenges of the Roma Education Fund (REF). The evaluation aims to analyze; (a) How and to what degree REF’s work has resulted in changes in law, policy or practice designed to increase access to education and improved educational outcomes? (b) To what degree has REF’s work contributed to measurable, increased access to education and improved educational outcomes of Roma? (c) Which of the five Programme areas, instruments and approaches are most effective in contributing to REF’s mission objectives? (d) How effective and relevant has REF’s policy advocacy work been in furthering its mission objectives? (e) How can REF strengthen its impact? It was prepared by AppRaisal Consulting RV Helsinki and Project Cycle Support GmbH.
As a follow-up to the 2008 external evaluation, the Roma Education Fund (REF) again contracted two consultants to assess, through a fully independent external evaluation, the efficiency and effectiveness of the REF Scholarship Program, which consists of four scholarship schemes for Roma students pursuing higher education.
In August 2008, the Roma Education Fund (REF) contracted two consultants to assess, through a fully independent external evaluation, the efficiency and effectiveness of the REF as an institution and identify areas for further strengthening. The evaluation was requested by several of REF’s donors as condition for releasing additional financial support to REF. A Reference Group, consisting of representation from key donor agencies, was established to provide independent oversight of the evaluation process.