PTF operates as a “virtual organisation” without permanent offices. Its personnel are very largely volunteers who are experienced development practitioners. One of its strengths is the muchvalued advice to partners offered free by this team. Another is that it is “demand-driven” in that it responds to proposals from CSOs, rather than designing projects and then seeking CSOs to implement them.
The Final Evaluation (FE) was conducted over a 6-month period and included interviews with PTF principals; field visits to Argentina, Ecuador, India, Mongolia, Uganda and Kenya to interview grantees and other stakeholders and to see the CAC work on the ground; a survey of grantees conducted by internet; a review of PTF and grantee documents (including a sample of project proposals, completion reports and evaluations); and meetings with PTF managers and advisors in Washington DC. The FE has been able to engage with over three-quarters of CAC grantees. The Evaluator also drew on his earlier Mid-Term Review of PTF’s GTF grant and has simultaneously conducted a review of PTF’s World Bank-funded programme (which uses exactly the same approach as PTF’s DFID-funded programme).