Making progress: BRACED at the mid-term

  • By Jennifer Leavy, Edward Boydell and Stephen McDowell
  • 17/07/2017

Credit: Jennifer Leavy


This report presents a synthesis of project-level mid-term reviews (MTR), carried out after 18 months’ implementation of BRACED.

The synthesis draws on programme-level lessons from the experiences of individual projects operating in different contexts to implement activities that contribute towards resilience building. Using the evidence provided by Implementing Partners (IPs), this report examines the following central evaluation question:

How, where, when and why do BRACED interventions work, and what can be learned/how can good practice be replicated?

To help to answer this question, the Knowledge Manager Evaluation Synthesis and Support team and IPs took a realist approach when they carried out their MTRs. Using this approach, the team worked together to understand how context interacts with project activities to make a change process happen (often referred to as a ‘mechanism’) leading to a particular outcome and, ultimately, to improved resilience to climate extremes and disasters.

IPs have used the insights they gained from using the realist approach to make changes to the way they carry out their activities in order to better achieve resilience outcomes. Lessons from the MTR process and synthesis also contribute to BRACED evidence and learning and to the wider stock of knowledge on designing and implementing resilience-strengthening programmes.

Read the Final Evaluation of BRACED (published September 2018): Resilience results: BRACED final evaluation.


In warming Mali, weather forecasts help cool flaring tempers

A text messaging service in Mali helps farmers cope with unpredictable weather patterns linked to climate change


The paradox of water development in Kenya's drylands

In Kenya's Wajir county, the emphasis on water development is happening at the expense of good water governance

Local funding fears as Britain sunsets climate resilience programme

Aid workers worry development projects will run short of money, putting hard-won gains at risk

Should aid work stop when militants move in?

Development groups grapple with the insecurity that limits help for those who most need it in fragile states

Kenyan students blaze a trail for 'planetary health' diet

Children have been working hard to grow nutritious food in their school garden, boosting community health

Latest Photos