by Jermae Benette Dollete and Bainorah I. Amate, OVCPD
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development (OVCPD) conducted the Impact Evaluation (IE) Orientation on January 24, 2016 at the Institute Boardroom. This IE Orientation was designed to precondition mindsets of units with extension services to include impact assessment as part of extension service planning.
The speaker, Dr. Ma. Christina Duyaguit is the Director of Institutional Planning and Development Services (IPDS) of OVCPD. She just came from a technical course training on impact evaluation after being awarded with a full scholarship by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
Duyaguit explained the need to assess extension related policies, programs, and projects. As a guide, she also presented the Theory of Change (TOC), a general format used to present the desired or expected results of an Impact Evaluation.
“In its simplest form, it describes the sequence of events that one expects the program to put in place that will lead to the desired outcomes” Duyaguit said. Participants were the members of the Institute Committee on Extension and Community Involvement (ICECI) composed of representatives from the different colleges and units of IIT.
OVCPD plans to conduct another orientation regarding IE this year to train the participants and to cover more extensively the actual procedures of the assessment. By then, interventions on the project may be given emphasis to establish whether such intervention benefit the beneficiaries.