Final Evaluation Report - Reel Peace: Using Film to Support Stability in Liberia Project (2019)

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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Objective and Scope
Reel Peace: Using Film to Support Stability in Liberia Project (Reel Peace Project for short), which started February 28, 2018, and ended on June 30, 2019, conducted a terminal evaluation. The evaluation commissioning agency, Accountability Lab, hired a local consultant who assessed project outcome/results achieved in the course of its implementation, with reference to the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of the actions carried out in relations to project objectives, as well as the sustainability of those results. This evaluation specifically assessed the operational performance of the project in terms of the extent of achievement of initially planned activities.

The evaluation scoped three key deliverables: a) an inception report which articulates a roadmap for the evaluation mission; b) a provisional mission report highlighting the strengths and weakness of the implementation; and c) final evaluation report, prepared as a word document and containing graphs, charts, and photos. The final evaluation report contains an executive summary, methodology, analyses of findings, conclusions, and recommendations, annex of items relevant to the mission, etc.

Due to difficulty in collecting data from other parts of the country especially during the rainy season, consideration was given to the selection of five easily accessible counties in which activities of Reel Peace project were conducted. This ensured that every aspect of the project was covered within the selected counties, and a means of overcoming the challenge of timely, relevant and comparable high-quality data1 – a condition created by post-conflict fragility in Liberia. The general absence of state statistics on the extent to which women marginalization underpins conflict and fragility of the country hardly formed part of the project concept and design. The lives of many women remain particularly insecure due to societal inequalities and sexual and gender-based violence which weakens social cohesion in communities. As a result, broad and equal participation of women and men across political and socioeconomic spheres remains critical to consolidating peace. Furthermore, the Peacebuilding Plan, led by the Government of Liberia and endorsed by the UN Security Council, places a special emphasis on national reconciliation, particularly in rural and more remote areas of the country where many of the root causes of the war remain unaddressed. The plan also points to the youthful Liberian population- which needs to be engaged in constructive, positive efforts for social change. It calls for visible programs targeted at the most vulnerable- which tend to be young women in rural parts of the country. As Reel Peace project focused very clearly on the intersection of youth, women and sustainable development in support of consolidating peace - both in terms of the participants in the program itself (the filmmakers) and in terms of the audiences for the films rural women and key decision makers at the community and county levels, it built a network, creating a national conversation and supporting skills development across Liberia in ways that will help reconciliation, create inclusive conversations and support development in new ways.