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Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Programme

The $7.4m Pacific Fisheries Training Programme (PFTP) commenced in March 2013 with

the goal of increasing Pacific Islands’ sustainable economic development through a

greater contribution from the seafood sector. To achieve this goal, the programme has

trained over 700 Pacific Island men and women across 14 countries: Cook Islands, Fiji,

Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau,

Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. MFAT engaged Dr Fiona Kotvojs to conduct this evaluation.

Here is the link to the report: Link

Fisheries evaluation, Fish market in Samoa

What we did

Fiona led a three-person team to implement the end-of-programme evaluation. This end-of-programme evaluation was designed to assess effectiveness and relevance of

the implemented programme which would inform the decision as to whether to proceed to a second phase of PFTP, and if so the future focus and design with particular emphasis on efficiency. The evaluation was challenging because the training was implemented across 14 countries; to participants from community, public and private sectors; by a range of training providers (including SPC, FFA and NMIT); and used different modalities (training was delivered in-country, regionally and in New Zealand). Robust baseline data was not available and there was limited post-test data.

How we did it

Fiona worked with stakeholders to design the evaluation and then led the three-person

team to evaluate this training programme. The evaluation adopted a case study

approach; completed a programme logic analysis and cost utility analysis and applied

qualitative and quantitative methods. Cases were defined by stakeholder group: (a)

private industry, (b) public sector and (c) community. Data was sourced from 110

documents and 125 semi-structured interviews with stakeholders in the Pacific.

The findings showed that while learning and application of learning were high, PFTP

funded training made limited contribution to low level outcomes and little contribution

medium term outcomes. The reasons for this were identified.

Benefit for partners (or the client)

To improve achievement of outcome, the design of the subsequent phase applied the

findings to change the targeted course participants, and increase attention to

sustainability and gender.

What the client had to say/feedback

Here is a link to the evaluation: Link

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Program, 2017-18


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