International Labour Organisation - Independent Final Evaluation of the TVET Reform Project in Bangladesh (2014)

Sustineo was engaged to evaluate key program achievements. It examined the extent to which Technical Vocational Education and Training Reform (TVET-R) partners in Bangladesh, tripartite constituents, local communities, and trainees have benefited, and will continue to benefit, from TVET-R’s outputs, strategy, and implementation arrangements. It also highlighted positive outcomes and strengths, areas for improvement, and made recommendations for sustainability, lessons learned, and good practice.

Sustineo’s approach to this evaluation drew on a broad range of data to ensure a comprehensive assessment of the Project. A critical desktop literature review was carried out, and a comparison of data was made against Project objectives. This included review of relevant policies, implementation guidelines, progress and monitoring reports, promotional materials, videos, brochures, handbooks and relevant academic and research materials.  

Sustineo’s approach to building trust and relationships during the evaluation process made a significant difference to the level of engagement and input of all Project partners. This approach resulted in a more comprehensive set of data and information collected during the assessment of project performance. Building on our commitment to meaningful engagement, Sustineo designed an evaluation approach that focused on a genuine participation with all stakeholders in several project locations in Bangladesh. This included Government partners, technical trainers, project staff, industry partner representatives and students. The strength and integrity of the findings was achieved through our commitment to rigorous processes of data validation.

During the field trip to Bangladesh, our team met with 38 separate departments, organizations or training institutes, and conducted semi-structured interviews with 58 individuals, including teachers, trainees and other informants. A final evaluation workshop was also conducted to present the preliminary findings at the end of the visit.

The final evaluation identified that the TVET-R has been a highly ambitious and very successful project and has consolidated ILO’s reputation as the leader in TVET Reform in Bangladesh. The report captured the specific actions taken within the Project and highlighted that it has achieved its stated objectives and has managed to do so within budget. In addition, Sustineo highlighted that while there have been many complex challenges to completing the Project, there are tangible steps, which can be taken to rectify these issues. Specifically, through the identification of a broad range of lessons learned, the Sustineo team identified a range of pathways available for future program improvement.

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