Terms of Reference (TOR) for Baseline Assessment


Rupantar being a Principal Recipient of GCERF in Bangladesh is seeking to hire a service provider (Person / firm) to carry out a baseline assessment for its program “Preventing Extremism through Active Community Engagement (PEACE) Consortium” under Round 02 focusing on preventing violent extremism (PVE) in Khulna City Corporation, Satkhira, Rajshahi City Corporation & Chapai-Nawabganj District in Bangladesh, and funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). The objective of the baseline assessment is to gather relevant baseline data on key program indicators, to analyze the communities’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices on PVE.      

Baseline Purpose and Scope

A baseline is an analysis describing the situation prior to an intervention against which progress can be assessed or comparisons made. By conducting a baseline, the grantee is able to set realistic and achievable targets for outputs and outcomes, as outlined in the M&E frameworks. M&E frameworks are part of the proposal and grant agreement, as well as the key reference point when designing the baseline. The purpose is to create a base for monitoring and evaluation at the different phases of the intervention as well to get the perception of the communities to have more nuance insight while moving ahead with the targeted intervention.

Baseline data is required to reliably track the performance of PVE interventions and guide in the revision and adjustment, where necessary, of activities, indicators, or targets. Indicators, targets, and corresponding baseline information will inform any annual or midterm review, as well as the End-of-Grant Evaluation. The findings of the baseline can also be used to validate the relevance of the intervention and clarify the expected outcomes. A baseline may not be warranted in some small-scale or short-duration initiatives.

Through the baseline assessment, Rupantar aims to gain a better understanding of the local context, the drivers of violent extremism, and potential ways of addressing them in a gender-responsive way within the framework of the grant/program design. The baseline survey should therefore provide a more contextually specific and tailored analysis of VE drivers in a focused geographical area.  The baseline is in effect part of a process to validate findings from assessments.  This baseline along with the perception study for the university students will help to understand the initial situation to identify the changes taken place for the intervention.

Finally, the baseline assessment provides a more precise understanding of perceptions about violent extremism in a particular geographic area (Khulna City Corporation, Satkhira, Rajshahi City Corporation & Chapai-Nawabganj) in respect of the GCERF Strategy’s leverage points to address drivers of violent extremism (social cohesion, community agency, equal access to opportunities, and sense of purpose ) through quantitative and qualitative data collection as well analysis followed by a structured study report.  Additional Resources for further Consultation

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