Year - 2012 - 2014
Client - Voluntary Service Overseas
In 2012, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) South Sudan contracted our wholly owned subsidiary, IPE Triple Line to conduct research into the value of volunteering in South Sudan. This two-year research project covered three goal areas: Health, Education and Governance.
The programme was based around the placement of highly skilled international volunteers whose placements were designed to build capacity of their South Sudanese counterparts in the workplace through on the job practice, coaching and mentoring in the Health, Education and Governance. IPE Triple Line was asked to provide a rigorous evidence base for VSO on the value of volunteering over a period of two years.
IPE Triple Line's team of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) specialists worked with VSO to research and analyse the value of volunteering programmes and the impact of placements. We used ladders of change and NVivo software to code interviews with volunteers and the organisations
Our report deals with the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ development outcomes of VSO's programmes in education, health and governance: It identifies the main attributes that are unique to volunteering and that help generate the hard and soft development outcomes. It shows the impact volunteering for development can have in the post-conflict context of South Sudan.
The research project has generated learning that is relevant to assess the impact of volunteering and other forms of work placements in South Sudan and other post-conflict situations.
‘The research provides a good analysis of the complexities we faced when delivering the VSO SS programme and in particular, how those complexities were overcome by staff, volunteers and partners ... one of the highlights of this research was the excellent relationship that developed between myself and the TL team and the VSO staff – all of which contributed to a very conducive environment from which to put learning into practice. ’
- John Stops - former Country Director VSO South Sudan
‘Thank you for such a positive report. I really hope the DFID team globally and in South Sudan read it and allow the programme to reopen’
- Alice Castillejo, former VSO Sudan Country Director, South Sudan