IDG brings extensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) experience and knowledge in cutting edge and rigorous methodologies, and in making innovative use of IT and social media to organize and make accessible data. IDG is well versed on the new USAID guidelines and current trends in development program M&E, offering a range of tools, from highly rigorous quasi-experimental design methods to less resource-intensive tools focused on monitoring project progress. Our M&E methodologies focus on rigor, assuring attribution of results to project activities, aligning indicators with intended objectives, producing timely information that is actionable for informing implementing partner and clients’ decisions, and tailoring methods to available resources in each instance. We also utilize IT tools to provide rapid access to stakeholders to key information, with functionality to analyze and organize data to meet needs, with a tailoring of access to meet each stakeholder‘s needs with high security.
Specifically IDG has the ability to provide the following illustrate various rigorous methodologies:
Domestic Resource Cost Analysis IDG employs the use of Domestic Resource Cost (DRC) Analysis to assess the basic financial and economic profitability of various potential agricultural (or non-agricultural) products. Such analysis determines the costs throughout an entire value chain and compares them to world market prices, allowing, first, to determine whether a particular value chain is competitive, and, second, to identify specific cost constraints that might be worthy of further donor assistance to address. Such analysis can help steer donor efforts toward activities that are particularly important in improving value chain competitiveness using rigorous, evidence-based methodology.
Cost-Benefit Analysis The purpose of a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is to analyze and quantify the benefits of project investment or expenditure relative to its cost of design and implementation – yielding a conclusion that compares the investment to a pre-established metric for cost justification. Ideally, the analysis can be aggregated into one net summary number—a net present value of expected costs and benefits, or a return on investment (or return on expenditure). Impact is expressed in monetary terms. Sometimes, costs and benefits are directly measurable in US dollars, and other times various techniques can be used to translate more abstract or hard-to-measure effects into dollars—for instance by asking beneficiaries about their “willingness to pay”, or by estimating “shadow prices” (which are prices that are not explicitly paid but that are derived from other available data).
Mobile Technology IDG uses IT tools to provide key stakeholders with rapid access to information, as well as functionality to analyze and organize data with high security. For the Evaluation of Liberia's Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP), IDG used innovation measures to collect data without compromising its quality. IDG used Personal Digital Assistance (PDAs) to collect data, allowing the team to rapidly process a massive amount of information that would have normally required manual input for electronic conversion.
Burkina Faso Roads Economic Analysis and Evaluation Services Project: Using a rigorous, yet realistic evaluation design and methodology, IDG is assessing the impact of MCC's 2009-2014 road investments on Burkina Faso's economic growth and level of poverty. HDM-4 modeling, political economy and market analysis, and traffic surveys are key components of this evaluation.