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.
TMG implemented a five-year M&E project for USAID/Liberia to provide a comprehensive performance management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting system for the Mission. The system measured the performance of development activities toward the achievement of development objectives. The L-MEP was also instrumental in guiding USAID/Liberia in establishing a clear, consistent information flow between the Mission and its IPs; designing a monitoring and evaluation plan for Mission activities to coordinate data gathering, analysis, and dissemination related to each activity, thereby preventing duplication and promoting synergy; and assisting USAID/Liberia to conduct evaluations of selected projects in their portfolios. During implementation, the Mission added monitoring and evaluation of its MCC Threshold Programs to the L-MEP contract and within the first few months of operation, the L-MEP increased collaboration between the USAID Mission Teams and the MCC IPs and developed a plan of action to implement DQAs. The “front-loading” of technical assistance for PMP review and database development was essential to putting in place the two most important components of the web-based information management system– a means of generating performance data with a structure for storing, manipulating, retrieving and reporting data, and the GIS platform. Based on experience gained from implementing M&E programs in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, L-MEP completed the development of a sophisticated online data management system, the Performance Indicator Data Base Systems (PIDS) that enabled all IPs to enter their data in a standardized format and enables USAID/Liberia to generate required performance management reports.
The purpose of this contract was to provide services for the Support for Economic Growth and Institutional Reform (SEGIR) project, specifically in the Global Business, Trade, and Investment (GBTI) sector. The IQC also allowed missions and bureaus to continue to engage in business, trade and investment work and related sector reform projects through a structured procurement process. It was aimed at building on initial SEGIR experience in addressing business, trade and investment constraints to economic growth in USAID-presence countries. The IQC was also intended to promote knowledge management and best practices by making available to USAID and its GBTI implementers all contract-related experience and reports. Finally, GBTI II focused on devising and implementing robust strategies to promote real economic growth, reduce poverty, graduate transitional countries from aid to trade, promote open competitive markets, develop the private sector, and mobilize private financing sources to supplement and eventually replace development assistance.