ICS is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and delivered by a consortium of organisations led by VSO. Different ICS agencies work in different ways, but they all work to seven agreed quality principles.
This means that all ICS projects are based on these principles and are committed to delivering real impact on the ground in partnership with local communities. At the end of the first year of ICS (March 2013) we reviewed evaluation and feedback to date and found:
• 98.4% of our partner organisations described the ICS programme as useful or very useful • In terms of personal development, 100% of ICVs (in-country volunteers) and 91% of UKVs (UK volunteers) said they thought participation in the ICS programme had been useful. • 95% of ICVs and 83% of UKVs said they thought participation in the ICS programme had been useful for professional development.
The full report is available if you would like to learn more. You can also find out more about the pilot ICS programme and how it was evaluated. This report helped us to strengthen ICS as we moved from the pilot to a new contract.
To make sure ICS stays on-track the programme is evaluated by an independent organisation, appointed by DFID. This evaluation is in addition to our own on-going monitoring and review of all our programmes, and we know our volunteers are also hugely valuable in supporting that work. By completing the monitoring surveys we send and completing end of project reports you help us ensure that ICS continues to deliver.
The external evaluators will develop two reports about ICS, one at the mid-point of the programme (expected December 2013) and one at the end of the programme in August 2015. They will be meeting with volunteers as well as visiting overseas programmes to gather research for the reports and we will keep you updated on their findings.