Increase the availability of quality information in Regional Peace and Governance Office (RPGO) intervention areas to support USAID/WA M&E and analytical capabilities.
Client: USAID/West Africa
Countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Ghana
Region: West Africa
The Regional Peace and Governance Office (RPGO) activities span a broad range including democracy and governance, conflict prevention and mitigation, and activities that support local resiliencies against violent extremism. To increase the availability of quality information and fully understand the impact of interventions and key lessons learned, TMG provides services that necessitate a stand-alone evaluation of activities in three focus areas: a) Countering Violent Extremism, b) Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation, and c) Political Competition and Consensus Building. The objective of the Evaluation and Analytical services project are to increase the availability of quality information in the region in a manner that can support improved achievement of development objectives and can be sustained in the future. By increasing the ability of USAID/WA and regional/local partners to make better decisions and influencing the design of appropriate future interventions, it further develops regional capacity in evaluation and analytical services in general, particularly in the sectors covered by RPGO. The project builds on the agency’s commitment through USAID Forward to improve locally available evaluation services. It also facilitates improved analysis of the impact of USAID/WA RPGO interventions through more rigorous measurement and systematic documentation of results; while also serving as a management tool during implementation, for cross country, cross sectoral and cross program learning and for future designs.
TMG, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburg and its West Africa partners, have conducted impact and process evaluations of the Peace through Development II (PDEV II) Program; conducted studies on existing countering violent extremism (CVE) issues and relevant studies; developed qualitative research tools, including guidelines for focus groups, semi-structured and open-ended discussion questions, training of local partners in interview techniques and “in vivo” coding; and through close collaboration with USAID/RPGO, led capacity building efforts through providing training modules to local and regional institutions responsible for continuing tasks EAS initiated.