Under this $11,169,442 performance-based contract, TMG provided long-term advisory and short-term consultant services to USAID/Benin and the Government of Benin to facilitate achievement of primary education policy reforms. TMG achieved significant results at the primary level, including curriculum development, teacher training, and textbook printing and distribution. The objective of CLEF was to institute educational reforms and implement an effective, efficient, equitable and sustainable primary education system throughout Benin. TMG provided long-term technical assistance (TA) and significant short-term TA, training, and commodity procurement that contributed to the achievement of significant progress through innovative and sustainable interventions in teacher training; curriculum development and achievement testing; community and parents’ participation; strategic planning and school mapping; and financial management. TMG helped support a complete overhaul of Benin’s primary learning system. New curricula for all primary school subjects were developed and tested, and were implemented nationwide. New and innovative teaching methodologies for primary school children were institutionalized. The Primary Leaving Exam (CEP) was completely restructured leading to a CEP success rate of over 90% for students in the school year. Approximately 21,500 teachers and 100 school inspectors were trained in the use of a new curricula and teaching methodologies. Textbooks, workbooks, teacher guides and pedagogical charts were developed, tested and locally printed for Grades 1-4. Additional accomplishments included strong support for girls’ education through the creation of a National Girls’ Education Network with the objective to increase equity for girls and children in disadvantaged regions, resulting in a sustainable increase of 16.65% in the gross enrollment rate for girls. TMG also provided training for teachers and school inspectors using new teaching methodologies through Side-Based training for all educational staff at 1 to 4 grade level.
The purpose of the UMEMS contract was to develop a comprehensive performance measurement, planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting system, providing the USAID/Uganda Mission and Implementing Partners (IP) that implemented projects in democracy and governance, peacebuilding, economic growth and food security, basic education and health. TMG provided technical expertise in performance monitoring by assisting the Mission to manage large amounts of data and developing and managing a web-base database (Performance Reporting System); evaluation assistance by preparing and conducting evaluations and special studies and documenting and disseminating results; and information dissemination and capacity building for M&E by training, preparing information products, and strengthening information flow.
Under this project, TMG, as subcontractor to Chemonics, was responsible for designing and implementing specific activities and interventions constituting the APEP project. The project was aimed at expanding economic opportunities in the Ugandan agricultural sector by increasing agricultural productivity and marketing of key food and cash crops. Results were achieved through direct agricultural production and marketing competitiveness enhancement measures that impacted farmers, producer organizations, and agribusinesses within sectors including rice. TMG provided short-term technical assistance and one local long-term Commodity Commercialization specialist supporting a variety of production and marketing efforts ranging from farmers’ fields to farm gate to traders and exporters.
TMG undertook monitoring and evaluation of the FtF intiative over a five year period. The conceptualized M&E system comprised of components that enabled USAID/Tanzania to fulfill its performance monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and dissemination requirements as mandated in the Automated Directives System (ADS) and other Agency guidance. TMG developed a robust M&E conceptual framework with a web-based portal data reporting system and design/develop approaches, systems, and tools for: routine collection of program monitoring data to track outputs produced by the initiative; collection of both qualitative and quantitative data /information on program outcomes for measuring key results and impact of the initiative, including effectiveness and reach of the programs implemented; evaluation and impact assessment for ascertaining the trend in achieving the set intermediate results of the FtF interventions; inventory and capacity assessment of local and regional institutions that can potentially assist with implementation of M&E tasks; and a capacity building program to transfer technology and best practices to selected local and regional institutions for monitoring, evaluation, and knowledge sharing. TMG also conducted baseline surveys, beneficiary assessments, data quality assessment, targeted studies, and impact evaluations. TMG’s measurement of key results/ outcomes allowed for better understanding of program effectiveness and the systematic documentation to foster critical reflection, knowledge sharing and learning.
TMG conducted an end-of-program evaluation of the Network and Capacity Building (NETCAB).
The evaluation included three interrelated activities: a review of progress made in the implementation of NETCAB and assessment of the development impact of the investment; an institutional analysis of a representative sample of beneficiary institutions; and documentation of lessons learned and best practices identified during the implementation of this program. TMG impacted the building of regional identity and a common language for environmental conservation and natural resource management by enhancing the capacity of various governmental institutions and employing data analysis techniques to evaluate effectiveness and identify best practices.
USAID’s Regional Center for South Africa (USAID/RCSA): Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Zambia.