Evaluation of the Adult and Non-Formal Education Association-Ethiopia’s (Anfea-E) Woreda Education Offices Capacity Building Program in Amhara Region

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Addis Ababa University


The major purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of ANFEA-E’s Woreda Education Offices Capacity Building Program in selected woredas of the Amhara Region. Besides, the training impact, sustainability and best practices and challenges of the program were also considered as basic research objectives. The study was conducted in four woredas of the Amhara region namely: Qewet, Tarma Ber, Gubalafto and Habru. The subjects of this study were 16 WEO officials and 10 program staff of ANFEA-E and Pact-Ethiopia. Data for this study were gathered by means of questionnaires, interview and document review. The sample respondents were selected using purposive and availability sampling techniques and the data were analyzed using percentage, and mean for quantitative data and synthesis for qualitative data. The study found out, among other things, that in terms of achieving the intended objectives of the program WEO officials responded that the program is ineffective while the program staff of ANFEA-E and Pact Ethiopia replied highly effective; from the study, it has also been found out that WEO respondents have no idea about the proper utilization of resources allocated for the capacity building program, however, all program staff anonymously agreed that the program is efficient in terms of utilizing resources. The study concluded that the woreda capacity building program was efficient in terms of utilizing resources and implementing activities with minimum cost and shorter time, but not effective in terms of achieving the objectives as required; The study also concluded that there are some positive changes on the part of the trainees in bringing performance improvement and on the program as a whole. However, the implementing agency does not have impact indicators in its PMP and this may create difficulty in measuring the intermediate and long lasting impact of the program now and at the end of the program period; it has also been concluded that ANFEA-E did not design sustainability and phase out strategy in the inception period of the program. Inline with these findings and conclusions, the following recommendations were forwarded: the frequent staff turnover and restructuring of WEOs have to be minimized by putting in place proper motivation mechanism at WEO level (like organizing different training and other professional development mechanisms) as much as possible if the government wants to achieve the MDGs as planned and the program to be effective; ANFEA-E and the donor agency, Pact-Ethiopia, should revise their PMP in the remaining program implementation period and include qualitative indicators that could gauge the performance of trainees and improved system of WEO in managing NFE program; mainstreaming the NFE program into the WEO strategic plan and allocate sufficient budget is one of the recommendations



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