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  • The Principles Voice and Inclusion : the perspectives of people living in poverty, including the most marginalised, are included in the evidence, and a clear picture is provided of who is affected and how Appropriateness : the evidence is generated through methods that are justifiable given the nature of the purpose of the assessment Triangulation : the evidence has been generated using a mix of methods, data sources, and perspectives Contribution : the evidence explores how change happens and the contribution of the intervention and factors outside the intervention in explaining change Transparency : the evidence discloses the details of the data sources and methods used, the results achieved, and any limitations in the data or conclusions.

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  • 1. What do we mean by Transparency and why is it useful?
  • 2. What is NIDOS doing? NIDOS is part of a collaborative project with Bond www.bond.org.uk funded by DFID, to encourage our members to: • strengthen their transparency • publish to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) The workshop will look at both of these aspects
  • 3. Transparency... Transparency is about being open and clear about what an organisation is doing, how it is doing it and its impact/performance. We are encouraging members to provide clear and accessible information on projects, governance and performance
  • 4. NIDOS Baseline study Feb/Mar 13 Purpose of the baseline • Find out from members what they already publish on their websites • What help members are looking for to improve transparency • the level of awareness of IATI and whether members are likely to use it
  • 5. Headline results 53 NIDOS organisations surveyed (26 small, 12 medium, 11 large, 4 associate) - responses were either through e-survey or through a telephone interview. IATI 61% not heard of it 28.1% heard of it but not clear about it 5 out of the 53 are likely to use it in the near future
  • 6. NIDOS research: Are these on websites? - Board of Trustees 61.5% - Annual Report 49.1% - Annual Accounts 43.9% - Project Documents 14.0% - Project Evaluation documents 12.3% - Outcome level targets and indicators 1.8% - Reporting on strategic outcomes 5.3% - Reporting on project outcomes/milestones 1.8% - None of the above 24.6%
  • 7. Voluntary - but why be interested? •Research shows people are interested in knowing more – both individuals and larger funders – as indicated by NPC research •DFID requires IATI of all grant holders and funding this project on transparency generally •Indications are that SG might also be looking at using IATI in the future and are also keen that organisations share the results of their work
  • 8. What aspects will we follow? We will monitor members’ publishing of project-level data on websites, as an indicator of overall transparency. Specifically we will look at: •project descriptions, •geographic details, •funders and partners, •how much performance data is published
  • 9. What help is on offer • one to one advice on transparency • briefing on basic good practice and on how to use IATI • information leaflet will become available about basic good practice •Contact effectiveness@nidos.org.uk
  • 10. Workshop: Transparency Gillian Wilson and Lyndsey McLellan
  • 11. Process... • Welcome – introductions • Some background information / research • Group activity • Case studies and discussion
  • 12. Two pieces of research •NIDOS research of NIDOS members, 2013 • Bond research of Bond and NIDOS members, 2012
  • 13. NIDOS research: Are these on websites? - Board of Trustees 61.5% - Annual Report 49.1% - Annual Accounts 43.9% - Project Documents 14.0% - Project Evaluation documents 12.3% - Outcome level targets and indicators 1.8% - Reporting on strategic outcomes 5.3% - Reporting on project outcomes/milestones 1.8% - None of the above 24.6%
  • 14. NIDOS research Annual report/Annual review Associate 50% Developing 50% Large 83% Small/Micro/medium 40% Average 49%
  • 15. NIDOS research Reasons for not having items on website •Many websites are being rewritten and updated. •Small organisations struggle to find volunteers with the skills to keep a website up to date. •Organisations would like advice on what to do
  • 16. NIDOS Research: International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) 90% of organisations either hadn't heard of IATI or if they had didn't really know what it is. however, 84% of organisations would like to know more about IATI from NIDOS.
  • 17. Bond research 2012 Findings: First about Bond members...
  • 18. Report publication Publications on website Annual report/Annual review Associate 35% Medium 70% Large 94% Average 49%
  • 19. Breakdown all spending by country or project Report the geographical locations of all projects Describe all activities Small 16% 51% 48% Medium 15% 72% 65% Large 35% 81% 65% Average 22% 68% 59% Reporting on project specific information Project specific information
  • 20. Publish no evaluations Publish some evaluations Systematical ly evaluate and publish evaluations Small 96% 4% 0% Medium 91% 6% 3% Large 75% 21% 4% Publishing Evaluations Publishing evaluations
  • 21. Number of organisations surveryed who had a 2008-11 PPA Published their PPA evaluation Did not publish their PPA evaluation Percentage who published 23 7 16 30% PPA reporting PPA evaluations (Programme Partnership Agreements)
  • 22. Do not report against targets/mileston es Do some reporting against targets/mileston es Systematically report against targets/mileston es using outputs and outcomes Do not report against targets/mileston es Do some reporting against targets/mileston es Systematically report against targets/mileston es using outputs and outcomes Small 100% 0% 0% Small 100% 0% 0% Medium 95% 5% 0% Medium 88% 6% 5% Large 92% 2% 6% Large 83% 13% 4% Strategic Plan Reporting against targets/milestones Programme/project reporting against targets/milestones Reporting against targets and milestones
  • 23. Bond Research on: NIDOS and CADA members None of the NIDOS and CADA members surveyed report progress against milestones/targets. Of those surveyed no NIDOS members and only 1 CADA member (Christian Aid Ireland) published evaluations. Publish annual report Publish financial report NIDOS 17% 13% CADA 31% 31%
  • 24. Pairs Activity What top 10 things would you want to know about a charity if you were: •Going to give them money •From OSCR •Going to offer to volunteer •Going to offer to join the management committee •From a potential partner organisation •A community leader in the country where they work
  • 25. Some case studies... Transparency about ... •How do we govern ourselves? •What do we do? •What is our impact and results? •How do we raise and spend money?
  • 26. Some case studies... Governance: •Committee members •Annual Reports/Annual Accounts •Basic Policies on Governance
  • 27. Board Members
  • 28. Is there anything else we would like to see in this list?
  • 29. What help is on offer What policies would be most relevant to your organisation?
  • 30. Some case studies... What do we do? Needs assessment and community involvement What countries / what geographical locations What projects What strategy / targets?
  • 31. Some case studies... What are our results / impact? Case studies Project reports Project evaluation reports Summaries of evaluations Strategy level data and impact
  • 32. Scotland v Poverty case studies August 22, 2008 NIDOS AGM
  • 33. Some case studies... Our money and how we use it: Annual Accounts Budgets Charts of income/sources of funding Charts of expenditure / types of spending Project costs IATI publishing of funding flows
  • 34. Our money and how we use it: Annual Accounts Budgets Charts of income/sources of funding Charts of expenditure / types of spending Project costs IATI publishing of funding flows
  • 35. Our money and how we use it: Annual Accounts Budgets Charts of income/sources of funding Charts of expenditure / types of spending Project costs IATI publishing of funding flows
  • 36. IATI IATI stands for International Aid Transparency Initiative: http://iatiregistry.org/ It is a common, open, international standard for publishing more, and better, information about aid and is online. IATI was launched in Sept 2008 in Ghana and currently has 148 organisations publishing on it
  • 37. Publishing to IATI This is required for all DFID grant holders Support is provided by Bond to its members who want to publish – we are developing this expertise in NIDOS at present This data is accessible to other organisations, host governments, and any communities that are online and helps your organisation’s accountability
  • 38. NIDOS and IATI What support would you like? How many organisations are likely to want to register and add their data?