Programa Cidadãos Ativ@s / Active Citizens Fund

Targets and outcomes

In pursuit of its strategic objectives, the Active Citizens Fund (ACF) in Portugal has contracted with the donor countries (EEA Grants) a set of targets to be achieved, that stem from a results-based management approach serving as guidance for the launch of calls and the selection of projects during the entire duration of the ACF in Portugal (2018-2024).

The Outcomes were broken down into “expected programme results” and, for each of these, output and outcome indicators were established. To achieve the contracted targets, the contribution of all approved projects is critical, through their outputs (goods and services produced by a project for a specific target group or project beneficiaries) and their outcomes (short and medium term effects of a project on a specific target group or project beneficiaries).

The Results Framework set out below shows the functional relationships between expected programme results, output indicators (highlighted in blue) and outcome indicators (highlighted in green) adopted by the ACF in Portugal, as well as the targets that the supported projects should globally help to achieve. Programme Level Indicators (highlighted in yellow) apply to projects of all Outcomes.

 

Programme level indicators
Expected programme results Indicator  Target
Civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered Number of NGOs directly funded 200
Number of people engaged in civil society organisation activities 4900

 

OUTCOME 1

Expected programme results Indicator Target
Strengthened democratic culture and civic awareness Number of NGO-produced evidence-based reports on public/private policies reported in the media 6
Share of target group showing civic concerns (+20%)
Citizens’ participation in civic activities promoted Number of awareness raising campaigns carried out 10
Number of civic initiatives led by supported NGOs¹ 25
Number of volunteers recruited by supported NGOs 200
Civic education supported Number of partnerships between NGOs and schools promoting civic education 12
Number of people educated in civic rights 1140
NGO watchdog role reinforced Number of NGO initiatives promoting access to information on public/private policies 12
Number of NGOs engaged in monitoring public and private decision-making 9

¹Excluding awareness raising campaigns

 

OUTCOME 2
Expected programme results Indicator Target
Increased support for human rights Number of national policies and laws influenced 5
Share of target group showing concern for human rights (+20%)
NGO human rights advocacy supported Number of NGOs engaged in advocacy work on human rights 20
Awareness-raising on human rights promoted Number of awareness raising campaigns carried out 20
Number of professional staff trained 220
Number of youths mobilised by NGOs to engage in human rights work 420

 

OUTCOME 3
Expected programme results Indicator Target
Vulnerable groups are empowered Number of beneficiaries of services provided or improved 950
Number of vulnerable individuals reached by empowerment measures 1700
Economic participation of vulnerable groups supported Number of vulnerable individuals trained in economic empowerment 760
Outreach to youth at risk of social exclusion supported Number of NGOs specifically working with youth at risk of social exclusion 20
Members of vulnerable groups mobilised to advocate for their needs Number of NGOs adopting participatory methods with vulnerable groups 21

 

OUTCOME 4

Expected programme results Indicator Target
Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society (organisations and the sector) Number of NGOs less dependent on public funding (excluding ACF funding) by at least 10% 3
Number of NGOs referencing research/evidence in their advocacy work (+10%)
Number of NGOs with effective management procedures (+20%)
Number of NGOs with transparent and accountable governance procedures (+20%)
Number of initiatives implemented through partnerships between NGOs or with public/private entities 200
Platforms and networks among NGOs developed or sustained Number of NGOs that are members of civil society networks/platforms 50
Number of partnerships between NGOs or with public/private entities supported 85
Capacity building provided to NGOs Number of NGOs conducting an assessment of their organisational capacity building needs and preparing action plans 120
Number of NGOs participating in capacity building initiatives funded by the programme 125
Number of professional staff trained 1000

 

BILATERAL OUTCOME

Expected programme results Indicator Target
Enhanced collaboration between beneficiary and donor state entities involved in the programme Level of satisfaction with the partnership ≥4.5²
Level of trust between cooperating entities in Beneficiary States and Donor States ≥4.5³
Share of cooperating organisations that apply the knowledge acquired from bilateral partnership ≥50%
Share of participants in bilateral initiatives funded by the ACF bilateral fund reporting improved knowledge/methods/approaches ≥60%
Partnerships between beneficiary and donor state entities supported Number of projects involving cooperation with a donor project partner 12
Cooperation between beneficiary and donor state entities facilitated through the ACF bilateral fund Number of bilateral cooperation initiatives funded by the ACF bilateral fund 25

 

² Based on a scale of 1 to 7

³ Based on a scale of 1 to 7