The purpose of this final evaluation is to assess the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Mozambique-funded Capable Partners Program (CAP II) Mozambique and its performance in increasing organizational and technical capacity of its grantees and capacity-building partners. This evaluation’s specific objectives are to assess the program’s key achievements and shortfalls across the relevant focal areas of USAID/Mozambique’s Integrated Health Office (IHO) results framework, including lessons learned and recommendations to better inform future capacity-building efforts.
The evaluation team found that the program achieved the majority of its targets and maintained a steady focus on organizational development (OD) efforts. Of note, the Participatory Organizational Assessment Process (POAP) was one of the first participatory assessment instruments developed, and CAP’s experience has helped inform today’s organizational capacity assessment (OCA), globally accepted as best practice in OD. Conversely, significant and annual shifts in donor priorities, indicators, and funding pose a major constraint to the program’s ability to measure, compare, assess, and evaluate its OD work over the long-term. Shifts in indicators resulted in shifts in the program’s denominator—from the number of partners to time and funds invested in technical assistance (TA), to length and funding of grants. Costeffectiveness analyses are also constrained, given the complexities in teasing out the costs incurred in response to external changes outside CAP II’s control, versus those invested in OD as planned, and in response to POAP´s results and needs identified within each partner.