Independent Evaluation

Monitoring & Evaluation


To understand project impact and ensure “transparency” in processes; generate information to develop a basis for further decision-making and project implementation

Due Diligence


Facilitate “go” or “no go” decision-making by evaluating social returns and risks if to pursue a particular investment (in projects or organizations); advice on resource and investment required.

VA Selected Cases


Need Assessment of Rural Clinics in Post-Disaster Areas and Aid Plan Design

Project Description

In post earthquake Sichuan and Gansu, hundreds of village clinics, township hospitals and county hospitals were heavily damaged. They were responsible for covering medical care for ~10 millions of people. 35% of the population are the poor, whose income are below 3000 yuan per year. VA was invited by a leading international foundation to investigate the needs of hospitals.

Key activities

  • Conducted 90+ field interviews with hospitals, about 300+ interviews with the poor in SC and GS
  • Analyzed the segmented hospital market by scale and geography to find out the"patterns" of needs and ranked them by four dimensions
  • Analyzed the role village clinics, township hospitals and county hospitals played in rural medical care
  • Evaluated their needs in the aspects of equipment, talents and training

British Council “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” Program Trainee Survey

Project Description

Since 2009, the British Council (BC) "Skills for Social Entrepreneurs (SfSE)" program has provided training to ~1,000 existing and potential social entrepreneurs in China. In April 2013 VA was invited to conduct a survey among the SfSE trainee network.

Key activities

  • Analyzed the development stage, bottlenecks and needs of SEs in China
  • Conducted online questionnaires and phone interviews covering multiple dimensions of SEs’ status quo, including organization type, service type, service area, management team, organizational scale, social impact, and financial performance, development barriers, trainees’ feedbacks and recommendations for SfSE, etc
  • Analyzed the impact of SfSE on the trainees and their needs in terms of capacity building, resource, etc.
  • Provided recommendations to improve SfSE based on case study of the other capacity building platform and programs in China

Youchange “Evergreen Volunteer Teaching Program” Impact Evaluation

Project Description

Youchange Social Entrepreneur Foundation (Youchange) “Evergreen Volunteer Teaching Program”, initiated in 2010, recruits experienced retired teachers in cities to train teachers in deprived areas and improve educational quality. VA was invited to evaluate social impact of the program.

Key activities

  • Established evaluation framework covering project input, output, direct/indirect outcome, impact, efficiency of fund usage
  • Conducted field visits, phone interviews and surveys at 7 project sites with various stakeholders
  • Compared the efficiency and effectiveness among 7 project sites, and identified key success factors
  • Provided recommendations to the foundation on how to better monitor and manage the program

2012 One Foundation Transparency Model Evaluation

Project Description

In 2012, One Foundation initiated the Transparency Award to accredit non-profits with demonstrated transparency, professionalism and sustainability. VA was invited to conduct independent evaluation of 17 candidates of the Award.

Key activities

  • Conducted field interviews with organization representatives, phone interviews with beneficiaries, audit of organizational files
  • Composed an assessment report for each organization covering areas of organizational governance and management, program management, human resource management, publicity and accountability, financial management
  • Provided suggestions on improving financial transparency among charitable organizations

“Warm-Hearted Finance 2013 Philanthropy Award” Evaluation and Project Support

Project Description

In April 2014, VA was engaged by China Financial Herald under the China Business Network to provide full support for a new project that would accredit the charitable activities of financial institutions in China.

Key activities

  • Conducted preliminary investigations of charitable activities among financial institutions
  • Designed awards, evaluation criteria and selection procedure
  • Supported the special reports on philanthropy published in monthly magazines
  • Conducted phone or face-to-face interviews as a third party evaluator
  • Facilitated round table discussion around corporate social responsibility at the Award Ceremony