Evaluation on Implementations and Governances of TFCA Sumatera

AKATIGA’s April report reviews phase 1 of the TFCA Sumatera program (2010-2015). The TFCA program focuses on returning 40% forest cover to Sumatra and a 14% reduction in forestry emissions, necessary to restoring life support systems and Sumatra’s dynamic biodiversity. With many of the most important ecosystems left out of protected area boundaries, the TFCA report emphasizes the need to extend protected area boundaries and increase capacity building at the individual and institutional level.  Field observations were conducted in 4 landscape regions with locations in Aceh, North and South Sumatera, Jambi, Bengkulu and Lampung province.

AKATIGA’s evaluation framework seeks to assess the impact of the TFCA using eight core parameters: Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Output, Outcome, Impact, Sustainability and governance (including administration and management). Evaluation of the TFCA is conducted through qualitative research utilizing in depth interviews and field observations, whilst referring to previous reports on TFCA-Sumatera.  Evaluations cover varying levels of intervention from the program (national) level, to landscape and Tapak level (local grantees) and also highlighting internal and external governance in each coordination chain of TFCA-Sumatera. By collecting data through interview and in depth field reports, the report was able to ascertain the effectiveness of fund allocation seen in budget realization statistics.

The concluding strategic recommendations of the report focus on five areas of importance at the governance and administration levels: (1) Refreshment: Re imagining the role of TFCA-Sumatera and emphasizing the need for evaluation of all key actor roles. (2) Measures to ensure orderly administration and improvement of data management systems and coordinating paths between components: Governance patterns between administrative body and key actors need to be constructed in a more systematic manner. (3) Review of monitoring evaluation framework, with emphasis on the integration of process-based and output based evaluations: Process based evaluation (PBE) can be used to compliment result based evaluation (RBE) to revise grantee project framework. (4): The strengthening of regional facilitator in capacity building and stakeholder engagement: Emphasis on improving grantees capacity building and key actor management. (5): Efforts for establishing the TFCA-Sumatera legacy in the future: Redefining the channels of communication and rethinking the relationship between TFCA, grantees and government. This is believed to be pivotal in capturing conservation innovations from grantees. These five strategic recommendations are believed to be pivotal in best assisting the 2015-2020 TFCA-Sumatera strategic plan.