TMG conducted this assessment in Tanzania to obtain information tailored for designing a pilot program on supporting the private basic education sector. It had six objectives: identifying the various players investing in the private basic education sector and their needs in targeted areas determined by the Mission; identifying local business development service (BDS) firms that, with capacity building if needed, could provide training to private school proprietors; identifying the unique responsibilities and assessing the capacities of each participating partner in the pilot, including BDS providers, financial institutions, private school associations and alliances, and ministries of education; providing the Mission with lessons learned and best practices from Ghana and other applicable projects, a list of key references on private schools in Tanzania; providing the Mission with the estimated cost of implementation; and providing the Mission with design options and recommendations. The Assessment built upon the current mission education assistance objective that focused on early primary grade levels in Zanzibar and Mtwara. TMG also conducted a meta-analysis case study, which explored the range of educational levels and areas in which the private sector in Tanzania was active and looked more broadly at the privatization of education in Tanzania/Zanzibar so that the meta-analysis information, along with the assessment data, provided the Mission with a good context in which to ground its upcoming private school pilot.
TMG evaluated the overall results and impact of the MBE program, including the project’s strengths and weaknesses, implementation mechanisms and lessons learned and explored approaches and strategies for continued support of successful elements after its completion by linking it with the Government of Indonesia (GOI), USAID’s on-going DBE program, and/or other implementers. TMG’s evaluation team used four basic methods to obtain its findings, including: reviewing of project documents; observation of MBE-assisted, non-MBE-assisted, and DBE assisted schools, principals, teachers and other educators; targeted questions and interviews with individuals and officials knowledgeable about the MBE and DBE projects; and targeted questions in focus group discussions with single and mixed groups of stakeholders.
TMG conducted an end of program evaluation of the KCBS Program and the two principal objectives were to conduct an evaluation of USAID’s private sector development assistance, and to identify and recommend the most promising areas and activities for stimulating business and agricultural development.
TMG conducted an assessment that built upon a series of USAID-funded analyses of various aspects of Georgia’s financial services sector. To conduct this analytical foundations assessment, TMG assembled and fielded a team of four international Expatriates and four Georgian Experts. Its primary focus was middle-market enterprises and micro-financing activities of the Georgian commercial banks and MFI’s. TMG also determined the extent to which the financial needs of these entities are being met by the financial system. This assessment developed approaches and made recommendations as to how the existing gap between the demand and supply sides of available financial services primarily for middle market enterprises might be reduced. The primary purpose of the Assessment was to provide the analytical foundations necessary to inform the Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS).
TMG implemented this global “innovating” project that assisted USAID Missions explore the many potential benefits of strengthening the private school sector, which provides education services to the poor. Under this task order, TMG implemented a pilot program in Ghana, where 15,000 registered private schools—both primary and secondary and for-profit and not-for-profit—provide education to students from poor families.
Under this contract, TMG used its extensive experience in designing and implementing M&E plans to increase the relevance, efficiency, and time- and cost-effectiveness of data collection and analysis, enabling USAID development objective (DO) managers, project managers and mission directors to improve the performance of USAID activities. TMG developed performance standards, performance monitoring plans and indicators for annual reports and USAID’s consolidated reporting system to track progress. TMG reviewed missions’ annual reports and country strategy papers to ensure that they are compatible with overall agency and bureau goals. TMG also developed scopes of work, selected evaluators and managed the evaluation process, as well as conducting evaluations and data quality assessments of annual report indicators. Furthermore, as part of its M&E activities, TMG provided key data collection and reporting support to AFR/SD and EGAT by maintaining a database and tracking system to monitor activities and pinpoint the status of projects on an ongoing basis. TMG was also responsible for publication and dissemination of a series of technical papers on agricultural and environmental issues and outcomes, along with assisting with documents in other sectors. TMG’s staff also edited the entire five-year strategic plan for AFR/SD, congressional presentations, annual report review documents, inter-agency agreements, conference programs and proceedings, trip reports, briefing papers, Web pages, memos (including action memos), letters, forms, brochures in English and French, questionnaires, and newsletters.
TMG and TetraTech/ARD collaborated to provide expert long-term technical assistance in the area of institutional development for the implementation of ARD’s MOA Sector Support (TASMOA). Specialized technical assistance and related services were provided to the MOA and other sector-related institutions. TMG recruited and fielded a long-term Institutional Development Specialist (IDS), to provide direct technical assistance to the MOA and its related institutions, working in close collaboration with major stakeholders in the sector, including UNFAO, lead Government ministries/agencies, NGOs, private sector entities, among others; conducting a review of existing materials available within and outside Liberia regarding agriculture sector policies and strategies; and conducting peer review of the comprehensive sector assessment report in terms of its appropriateness in developing effective policies and strategies for the sector.
Under this task order, TMG assessed the progress made by the Project towards the objectives as outlined in the Terms of Reference (TOR) and offered recommendations for increasing the impact of Project activities through re-prioritizing Project activities, foci, and approaches. The team examined a larger number of documents related to the activities of the Project and conducted extensive interviews with the pertinent USAID staff, Project staff, the MOTI, and other government institutions, the private sector, partners and donors. TMG’s evaluation answered questions on the effectiveness, management, coordination and partnership, relevance, and sustainability of the WTO Accession Plus O Project.
The Ethiopia Sanitary & Phyto-Sanitary Standards and Livestock & Meat Marketing Program (SPS-LMM) was designed to help Ethiopia increase meat and live animal exports; thereby contributing to market-led economic growth, poverty reduction, and improved livelihoods for Ethiopian livestock producers. SPS-LMM was implemented under a Cooperative Agreement with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS). TMG formed the SPS-LMM Evaluation Team to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative information on performance, and assess the progress towards meeting program objectives as reflected in key indicators and targets. The Team reviewed program documents and reports, and gathered additional information during interviews with implementing partners and stakeholders, and site visits to locations where activities are being implemented. In all, TMG gathered insight into program effectiveness; management, coordination and partnership; relevance; and the prospects for sustainability.