STS supported Link Community Development (LCD) in the design of their Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework for their Supporting Transition of Adolescent Girls through Enhancing Systems (STAGES) project. STAGES is part of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Girls’ Education Challenge-Transition (GEC-T) and will work over the coming years to transform access to secondary education in Ethiopia’s Wolaita Zone and establish locally-owned systems to improve the quality of schooling and support for girls long-term.
STS led a three-day workshop with LCD’s Ethiopia program staff to support the development of the STAGES MEL framework, logframe, theory of change, and gender analysis as well as to capture best practices and lessons learned from their previous GEC work. STS also conducted project site visits in the Wolaita zone with a variety of stakeholders, gaining additional insights and perspectives that were incorporated into STS’s technical support to LCD staff and revisions to the STAGES project logframe. STS also produced the STAGES Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) analysis that aligned with DFID’s GEC-T guidance and worked closely with LCD to finalize their MEL framework and establish the baseline plan for the STAGES project.