This report was prepared by ICF International in June 2009 for the mid-term evaluation of the project "In Defence of Child – IV (IDC-IV)." IDC – IV is a project of Committee for Legal Aid to Poor (CLAP), a registered NGO advocacy group, based in Orissa, India. The project has envisioned a legislation enforcing the right to early childhood care and education for children up to 6 years of age. The goal of the evaluation was to assess the progress made, determine the extent to which intended objectives had been achieved, identify the bottlenecks and constraints of the project implementation, and provide appropriate recommendations to improve project implementation for the remaining period. The evaluation methodology developed by ICF in consultation with CLAP comprised of desk review of relevant documents, observation of the project implementation in the field, and interaction with stakeholders involving management, staff, beneficiaries, and NGO partners. The major findings of the evaluation indicated that CLAP had planned its activities strategically. Its implementation strategies related to raising awareness of community and beneficiaries were effective.
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