The Zimbabwe Mid-Term Evaluation is a USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Title II Development Food Assistance Program. This program is composed of two projects – ENSURE and Amalima both of which began in June 2013 and are scheduled for completion in June 2018.
The purpose of of the Tanzania Monitoring and Evaluation Program (TMEP) was to enhance the Implementing Partners Reporting System (IPRS) and conduct Data Quality Assessments (DQAs) for 51 indicators, improving data quality standards and technical rigor.
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 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.
TMG assessed achievements, impacts and challenges in reaching the three program objectives: (a) improvement of nutritional status of HIV/AIDS affected families; (b) improvement of income levels for these families; and (c) improvement of skills and alternative livelihoods. The UA program was part of the U.S. response package for Ethiopia that included substantial PEPFAR funding. TMG employed an evaluation team that met with stakeholders in Addis Ababa and representatives with 15 implementing partners and undertook field work covering 5 IPs to assess the program’s organizational performance, achievements, cost efficiency, sustainability and linkages with other services, and capacity building and monitoring and evaluation efforts.