While funders want to know how individual grants to organisations are performing, for many the bigger challenge is understanding how their grant portfolios are performing and whether they are delivering more than just the sum of their parts. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) contracted Itad ltd, a UK based consultancy, to conduct an evaluation of their Global Fund Advocacy Portfolio (GFAP).
Itad used a theory based approach that combined the use of a portfolio level theory of change and contribution analysis. The evaluation provided learning for both funders and evaluators on: the value and process for conducting portfolio level evaluations; how to evaluate advocacy in complex policy making processes; and how to deliver methodological robustness.
The session will be a panel discussion involving both the evaluation team (Itad), and the commissioner (BMGF), reflecting on the lessons learnt from the evaluation and the value of portfolio level evaluations for other funders.
- Rob Lloyd, Session Chair