Under the Learning, Evaluation and Analysis Project-II (LEAP-II), IDG provided economic analysis and monitoring and evaluation support services to satisfy the overall operational objectives of USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3). The objective of the project was to provide a mechanism for the Office of Economic Policy in E3 (E3/EP) and for Missions and Bureaus to increase access to rigorous, independent technical evaluation and analysis within and beyond USAID. Analysis under this Activity included cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, randomized controlled trials, quantitative and qualitative evaluations, domestic resource cost analysis, inclusive growth diagnostics, and other types of analysis as needed. This Activity also provided for the presentation and dissemination of analysis findings and lessons, to be used by USAID operating units to help guide the design, implementation, and subsequent evaluation of economic growth and other sectors’ activities.
LEAP-II provided a vehicle for USAID Washington and USAID Missions to contract for analysis services to be executed for projects within their economic growth or other portfolios covered by the Public Financial Management IQC. LEAP-II was designed to deliver analysis undertaken independently of USAID activity implementation; LEAP-II was intended to provide the clear, unbiased, and (at times) necessarily critical view of USAID interventions to ensure that programs and projects operate at an optimal level. LEAP-II provided field support for analytical services when E3/EP staff was unavailable, or when specialized expertise in an area of analysis was required but not available within E3/EP. LEAP-II also provided a vehicle for USAID Missions to support capacity building of partner government and civil society counterparts in the technical analysis areas referenced above.
LEAP-II was structured as a contract mechanism able to accommodate substantial buy-ins. A buy-in is defined as a funds-transfer to LEAP-II during a fiscal year where the buy-in objectives are consistent with LEAP-II objectives and Mission use of the mechanism would advance a common strategic objective(s). Buy-ins leveraged USAID resources to help expand the scope and potential results of LEAP-II, USAID Missions, and USG agencies.
Mid-term Evaluation of Yaajeende Agricultural Development Program
IDG conducted the mid-term evaluation of Yaajeende, USAID’s first large-scale Feed the Future (FtF) program focused on improving food security, agriculture development, and nutrition in a cohesive way. This evaluation included a survey of 2700 rural households in a quasi-experimental design, for which data was collected electronically using tablets, allowing real-time compilation of collected data to facilitate learning and correction of data collection shortcomings as the work unfolded.
Mid-term Evaluation of the Partnership for Growth (PFG) in Tanzania and Ghana
IDG conducted the mid-term evaluation of the USG inter-agency PFG initiative in these countries, assessing whether the program is demonstrating improvements over pre-PFG assistance approaches, and the progress made in targeted sectors.
Mid-term Evaluation of the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP)
This evaluation included an assessment of the extent to which implementers conducted good value engineering to determine whether supported infrastructure projects represent good benefits for the costs.
Final Evaluation of the Liberia Energy Sector Support Project (LESSP)
IDG assessed how effective and sustainable change was created and whether capacity of local institutions was built.
Final evaluation of the USAID ME/TS Improving Water and Sanitation Services in the Middle East and North Africa Region (IWSMR) Project
The focus of the evaluation was to determine the project’s success in building the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association’s (ACWUA) capacity to deliver services and training to association members.
Southern Africa Trade Analysis: Prioritizing Countries and Activities
IDG benchmarked Southern African countries based on three sets of indicators: trade costs, production costs, and macroeconomic and political stability to identify the most critical constraints and prioritize trade interventions. Download the report below.