The evaluation was theory-based: The evaluation team reconstructed a logic model for the intended impacts of the Action Plan. The participating stakeholders of the Action Plan acknowledged the logic model to be appropriate to the target system and the assumptions of the Action Plan.
The evaluation aimed at a human rights-based approach. At the content level, the UN-CRPD and the norms and principles contained therein served as a benchmark for assessing the measures of the Action Plan and their implementation.
At the procedural level, i.e. in the conduct of the evaluation, the human rights principles – in particular principles of the UN-CRPD, such as the principle of participation – were implemented as far as possible. This meant that in all workshops, focus group discussions and interviews questions of accessibility and non-discrimination, autonomy and acceptance of diversity were taken into account. Thus, people with disabilities themselves or disabled people’s organisations representing their interests were included in the various surveys, but also in the recruitment of national experts.
Within the framework of the evaluation, both qualitative and quantitative survey methods were used within a mixed-method approach and supplemented by the analysis of existing data and documents. In addition, a total of five case studies were conducted in bilateral DC projects in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malawi and Togo.
The data collection took place between June and November 2016. The case studies were conducted between July and September 2016. Newer developments from November 2016 onwards could therefore not be taken into account.