The Samoa Disability Programme (SDP) is a comprehensive Australian Government funded initiative currently being implemented in Samoa. The programme is led and coordinated by the Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD), with a number of activities implemented by a range of other Government and non-Government agencies. Motivation Australia have been asked to provide technical assistance to the MWCSD in operationalising their Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework and creating information & data collection tools.
In September the Motivation Australia team started the new project in Samoa by running a one week workshop with MWCSD, NOLA (Nuanua O Le Alofa) Samoa’s Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO) to establish the stakeholders’ priorities; map the programme’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework against National, Regional and International policy instruments; and meet with the Disability Taskforce stakeholders to discuss current information & data collection experiences. Next the team will analyse, consolidate and rationalise all of the various sources of Monitoring & Evaluation Questions into a draft framework with Indicators to inform the information & data that needs to be collected. Discussions with the diverse group of programme stakeholders yielded several new sources of baseline data, as well as practical insight into the successes and challenges of data collection about disability in Samoa.
If you would like more information on the Samoa MEL project, please contact Samoa Project Manager, Ray Mines.