Time to Learn in Zambia (EnCompass LLC)
As a subcontractor to Education Development Center, EnCompass is working to build the institutional capacity of community schools in Zambia with the end goal of improving student performance. EnCompass’ support is focused on building the evaluation and research capacity of Zambian institutions, including the Ministry of Education and institutions of higher learning; and, to provide technical expertise to the project for research and evaluation activities. EnCompass is implementing baseline, mid-term and final evaluations; developing case studies; and guiding partners to ensure gender-related and HIV issues are integrated into evaluation and research tools and activities.
Time to Learn’s Case Study Series provides insight into best practices in the education of orphans and other vulnerable children in Zambia, including an emphasis on Zambia’s community schools. Designed for policymakers and program implementers, these case studies focus on key research priorities identified by stakeholders in Zambia’s educational sector, including government officials, academics, and civil society. Published case studies include:
- Active Parents, Active Learners? Lessons from Two Community Schools in Zambia
- Government Teachers in Community Schools: Two Zambian Success Stories
Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) (URC)
URC leads the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, a global program that is working to improve health care in USAID-assisted countries, strengthen their health systems, and advance the frontier of improvement science. Through its research and evaluation (R&E) component, ASSIST provides technical assistance and guidance on country-led research and synthesizes learning across country- and centrally-funded projects on several improvement topics, including the validity of improvement indicator data, sustainability and institutionalization, spread, and economic analysis. ASSIST is working on 25 research studies in 10 countries. All published reports can be accessed here.
Evaluating the REACH HIV/AIDS Project in Swaziland (Khulisa)
Khulisa evaluated the effectiveness of capacity building efforts of the Swaziland REACH program (Rapid and Effective Action to Combat HIV/AIDS), implemented by PACT. The overall goal of REACH is to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS and improve health care for the people of Swaziland by developing a strengthened, coordinated civil society response to HIV/AIDS. The evaluation documented how well PACT built organizational and technical capacity and improvements in service quality among its sub-partners. You can read more about the project here.
Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (Urban Institute)
Rockefeller Foundation has engaged the Urban Institute and its global partners to provide monitoring services for their 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative helping major cities around the world build their resilience to economic, social, and physical challenges in the 21st Century. The first phase of monitoring continues through April 2016, and focuses on understanding the progress of cities within the 100RC network so that 100RC can adjust its efforts as the initiative continues to grow.
Evaluating Policies and Reforms at USAID's Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning (EnCompass LLC)
USAID’s PPL seeks to link policy, planning, learning, evaluation, research, donor coordination, and innovation through science and technology. In collaboration with USAID PPL, EnCompass designed and conducted an evaluative process that explored how well USAID’s Program Cycle has been understood, implemented, supported, and integrated into the organizational culture among missions and in USAID Washington. The evaluation focused on the Country Development Cooperation Strategy and Project Design guidance, and the integration of the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy and the Climate Change and Development Strategy across missions and bureaus. The EnCompass team used a multi-method research strategy that included: five country case studies and visits to USAID Missions in Peru, Nepal, Senegal, Georgia and Ethiopia, two online surveys targeting USAID staff at USAID/W and in the field, interviews and focus groups with USAID/W staff and document review of key Program Cycle products.
Expanding Economic Opportunities in Lebanon (Information International)
Working in partnership together, Information International, INMA (Social and Cultural Development Association) and SRI International (under funding from USAID) implemented ‘Expanding Economic Opportunities Project’ in rural Lebanon.
One key initiative under this project was the agribusiness survey. This included designing and implementing field surveys and needs assessment for growers and processors in the agricultural sector in Lebanon. The purpose of the study was to determine the strengths and weaknesses of agriculture in Lebanon, and identify major problems facing growers and processors. The survey and report measured annual local and export sales as well as opportunities for export growth and import substitution
National Democratic Institute, Technology and Social Media Use Among Politically Active Women Globally (Ipsos)
For the National Democratic Institute, Ipsos conducted a study to understand technology and social media use among women involved in politics in developing countries. Female politicians, party members, and members of civil society and community organizations were asked about their usage of a wide variety of technologies and social media applications for both political and personal activities, the reasons they preferred certain technologies over others, the barriers they faced in accessing technology, and the factors which would improve their access and make technology more helpful to their political work. The study was fielded globally, with a majority of participants coming from the countries of Kosovo, Albania, Serbia, Mexico, Haiti, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Pakistan, Kenya, and Mali.
Performance Evaluation of the USAID/South Africa Tuberculosis Program (Khulisa)
South Africa ranks second in TB incidence and fifth in TB prevalence (per 100,000 population) in the world. The country’s TB incidence rate means that one of every 100 persons (or 1% of the general population) develops TB annually. Khulisa conducted a national evaluation to review the performance of USAID South Africa’s Tuberculosis (TB) Program, implemented by the University Research Company.
The evaluation analyzed the program’s performance at all project spheres, from South African government- to community beneficiary-level, in all nine provinces of South Africa. It evaluated the extent to which the program achieved its objectives, with the aim of providing recommendations for a follow-on project to support South Africa’s National TB Program. You can read more about the project here.
Evaluating the PEPFAR Caribbean Regional Program (EnCompass LLC)
USAID launched this evaluation to determine the long-term success of the Caribbean Regional Program. EnCompass analyzed whether the program is helping countries reach a sustainable national HIV program model; identified key factors contributing to or impeding project results; and, made recommendations for program adjustments. EnCompass utilized existing quantitative data and collected primary qualitative data using a desk review, interviews with interagency teams and in-country counterparts, and field visits to five countries.
The midterm evaluation report is available to view and download here.
USAID Mission Staff Training Program: Decentralization & Local Governance in Tanzania (Urban Institute)
At the request of USAID/Tanzania, the Urban Institute designed and delivered a workshop program to enhance the Mission's understanding of the role of the local public sector in achieving development outcomes in Tanzania, 21 USAID mission staff attended the four-day program which. The training program brought together specialists from the mission’s entire portfolio, ensuring a common understanding of decentralization (and enabling discussion and debate) across different programmatic “stovepipes” within the Mission, and served as a first step in their efforts to develop a new approach to programming and results management.
Evaluating the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (Ipsos)
Ipsos was commissioned to perform a midterm evaluation of the World Cocoa Foundation’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program in four West African countries (Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Cameroon). The project involved collecting both qualitative and quantitative information from assisted farmers to gauge program impact with regard to increased cocoa yield, crop diversification, and farmer resiliency. A particular emphasis was placed on assessing gender differences in these outcomes. The evaluation also aimed to understand current realities in targeted cocoa growing communities more broadly, and evaluate realistic targets for subsequent CLP implementations. In 2014 Ipsos was commissioned to conduct the baseline evaluation for the second Cocoa Livelihoods Program in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria. The baseline evaluation, fielded in January-March 2015, has a focus on good agricultural practices and farm rehabilitation.
Assessment of the Peace through Development Program in West Africa (EnCompass LLC)
EnCompass conducted a mid-term evaluation of the Peace Through Development Program for USAID/West Africa, which seeks to dissuade marginalized populations from joining extremist organizations by using community-based, youth-based, and media outreach efforts. The objective of the evaluation was to gain a deeper understanding of the counter-extremism initiatives that have been effective, and to incorporate these findings into the next phase of the program. The evaluation included fieldwork in Chad and Niger.
Evaluating the 5by20 Womens’ Empowerment Initiative (Ipsos)
Ipsos is conducting a longitudinal impact study of The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 initiative, which aims to foster entrepreneurship and economic resilience among women by providing funding and training for small businesses globally. In the first year, Ipsos fielded a baseline quantitative survey with beneficiaries of the South Africa 5by20 program. Upon cleaning and validating the data, Ipsos performed a series of baseline analyses for presentation to the client and its stakeholders. In 2014, Ipsos conducted the first follow-up to the South Africa pilot and began scoping, familiarization, and sampling design preparation for a parallel study of Coca-Cola’s 5by20 Philippines program with the intent of conducting a baseline survey of beneficiaries in 2015. Ipsos is currently working with The Coca-Cola Company to roll this program evaluation out in other markets.
Evaluating the USAID/Malawi Early Grade Reading Activity (EGRA) (Khulisa)
Building on a strong foundation in the education sector, Khulisa conducted a performance evaluation for USAID/Malawi Early Grade Reading Activity (EGRA). EGRA is a flagship education project for USAID/Malawi designed to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to improve the reading skills of Malawian students in Standards 1-3. The evaluation provided recommendations on how to address capacity gaps for the Government of Malawi to take over the project, and identified course corrections necessary to support the EGRA project in meeting its stated goals. You can read more about the project here.
Police and Communities (Urban Institute)
In partnership with police departments and communities across the U.S., the Urban Institute is examining current and future trends in law enforcement practice and technology. This includes evaluations of efforts to build trust between police and residents of high-crime, marginalized communities; studies of policing strategies; advances in technological tools, such as body cameras; efforts to address crime and safety through administrative records and systems; and work in forensic sciences during criminal investigations.
Assessing the Trans-Sahara Counter-terrorism Partnership for USAID/Mali (EnCompass LLC)
EnCompass conducted an assessment of the Trans-Sahara Counter-terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) in Mali to gain a better understanding of what has worked in Mali to mitigate support for violent extremism. Through a desk review and extensive fieldwork in Mali, EnCompass assessed the current TSCTP program, and provided recommendations to target, reinforce, and replicate the best practices by using community-based, youth-based, and media outreach efforts.
Human Trafficking Research Portfolio (Urban Institute)
Researchers at the Urban Institute are working on various national and international studies on human trafficking. The research portfolio currently spans the United States and eight countries: Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Italy, Norway, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, and Taiwan. Areas of focus include child labor; commercial sexual exploitation of children; forced marriage; immigrants; juvenile justice–involved youth; labor trafficking; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth; and sex trafficking.