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United Nations Operations (UNOPS)

United Nations Operations (UNOPS)

ISG was selected, in partnership with Development Gateway, to perform research and coordination services for the development of an Innovative Data Toolkit on behalf of the Cities Alliance.

The Cities Alliance is the preeminent global partnership for the promotion of cities in poverty reduction and sustainable development. Headquartered in Brussels, it is a unique partnership with diverse members – local authorities, national governments, international non-governmental organizations, foundations and multi-lateral organizations – which have come together to strengthen both impacts and coherence in urban development.

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Welcoming America

Welcoming America

ISG was recently selected by Welcoming America (WA) to develop their Monitoring & Evaluation system.

WA works with multiple partners in building more welcoming communities for immigrants and all residents through a vibrant network of local governments and non-profit members. WA’s affiliates and partners use local leadership development, strategic communications, and public engagement to change the dynamic for the better in communities across the US.

With the recent formation of a three-year strategy, the need for a monitoring system became apparent. Therefore, this assignment worked to create a clearly articulated vision for what WA seeks to achieve over the long term, which will be used as the definitive guide for decision-making regarding project, organizational structure, and strategy. In addition, ISG provided WA with the selection of outcomes for each activity undertaken to ensure that they can be readily monitored and help WA move towards fulfilling its vision; develop a monitoring plan for tracking WA’s progress across its activities; and develop an evaluation/analysis plan that can regularly identify gaps and provide recommendations for adjustments as well as provide frequent reporting and communication opportunities.

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Opportunities Industrialization Centers International

Opportunities Industrialization Centers International

Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OIC International) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1970, OIC International has trained socially and economically underprivileged women, men and youth in the skills they need to transform their lives and their communities.

OICI recently selected ISG to design and implement an operational monitoring and evaluation system to provide OICI with the framework and tools necessary to more effectively monitor project progress, evaluate intervention impact, and analyze and disseminate information to inform the organization’s broader priorities and objectives.

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ACDI/VOCA

ACDI/VOCA

ISG has been selected to perform a Qualitative Final Evaluation of the Liberian Agricultural Upgrading, Nutrition, and Child Health (LAUNCH) Program for ACDI/VOCA. The program aimed to improve food security of vulnerable rural people in Bong and Nimba counties. Using a multi-sectoral approach to address both the underlying chronic causes as well as the acute symptoms of food security, LAUNCH aimed to reduce food insecurity in more than 90,000 households in Liberia through three objectives: 1) Increased availability of and access to food of vulnerable rural populations; 2) Reduced chronic malnutrition of vulnerable women and children; and 3) Increased access to education opportunities.

This final evaluation assessed the efficiency and effectiveness of the program management and consortium management structure with regard to the achievement of the program objectives, evaluated the results of cross-sectoral integration across the activities, objectives, and implementing partners, and identified program strategies and interventions that are demonstrating elements of sustainability. The evaluation also highlighted and documented salient lessons learned from program implementation to aid future programming of Title II and food security interventions in Liberia and in similar contexts.

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Plan International Asia Regional Office (Plan ARO)

Plan International Asia Regional Office (Plan ARO)

ISG was recently selected by Plan International to develop minimum standards of service delivery for victims of trafficking, map and assess service providers, and develop a database of service providers through a technologically-enabled platform for Missing Child Alert.

Missing Child Alert (MCA) is a three-country project active in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal led by Plan International. MCA aims to develop a technologically-enabled system that can facilitate tracking, tracing, and repatriation of children vulnerable to or victims of cross-border trafficking. Additionally, MCA aims at mapping service providers, assessing the quality of institutional services, and developing a directory of service providers through a technologically-enabled platform.

ISG, in partnership with Development Gateway and ChangeMantras, was selected to map qualitative indicators for assessment of services for victims of trafficking, particularly children, and adapt them to the South Asian context; map and assess the quality of services for child victims of trafficking in Bangladesh, India and Nepal; and develop a web-based solution to store data of institutions and services they provide.

Data collection consisted of a consultative desk research for development of indicators, empirical assessment in selected locations and the development of database in a web-based technological format and using GIS.

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United States Healthful Food Council

United States Healthful Food Council

ISG was recently selected by the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) to develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the USHFC State of Tennessee Eat REAL Project which assesses and recognizes restaurants and foodservice establishments for their Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership.

The USHFC is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to eliminating diet-related disease by increasing access to and consumption of healthful, affordable, and sustainable food and beverages. The USHFC programs include third-party verification of nutrition and sustainability best practices (REAL Certification), nutrition/recipe analysis, menu consulting/advisory services, and community and educational outreach campaigns.

ISG assisted USHFC to develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to measure the effectiveness of current and planned programs and activities which also allows USHFC to access progress towards its objectives. The Framework also assisted in integrating reporting of USHFC’s activities into internal and external report mechanisms.

For more information about the Eat REAL, please visit www.eatreal.org.

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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

ISG was recently selected to perform an evaluation of the Gender-based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) for UNFPA.

The GBVIMS was created to harmonize data collection on gender-based violence in humanitarian settings, to provide a simple system for actors providing services to GBV survivors to collect, store and analyse their data, and to enable the safe and ethical sharing of reported GBV incident data within and between relevant entities. As part of this evaluation, ISG investigated the implementation period for the GBVIMS from mid-2008 to mid-2013, considering both global and country-level processes. Field visits to Colombia and Kenya (Dadaab) were carried out in order to fully assess whether the GBVIMS has met its objectives and to inform future GBVIMS roll-outs.

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Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Human Security Division

Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Human Security Division

ISG was selected by the Human Securities Division at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to conduct a formative and summative evaluation of the Small Arms Survey (SAS).

The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. The main objectives of SAS is to serve as the principal international source of impartial and public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence and to act as a resource for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and activists in terms of information and research on small arms and armed violence issues.

The objective of the evaluation was to not only examine the current impact of the SAS programming but to also produce findings on how to further strengthen the programming and organization. The evaluation also examined future opportunities for the SAS, including institutional growth and strategy, focusing on HSD and SAS’s strategic partnership.

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International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

ISG was selected to review IFRC’s current Framework for Community Safety and Resilience (FCSR). The FCSR was developed in 2008 with the goal of providing National Societies with guidance on how to develop and sustain Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) programs, projects, and interventions which contribute to the building of safe and resilient communities. It also serves as an important advocacy tool in promoting and profiling the RCRC work in disaster risk reduction and strengthening resilience towards governments and international communities on behalf of the most vulnerable. The FCSR helps the RCRC Movement position itself as a global leader in strengthening community resilience, highlighting the comparative advantages and areas of excellence. In 2011, it was agreed that a review of the FCSR was necessary to make it a more operational tool with increased utility for designing and implementing programs.

During this consultancy, ISG reviewed prior IFRC research and studies on community safety and resilience, and consulted with and interviewed various RCRC stakeholders including National Societies in the five zones (Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas) in order to appropriately review the FCSR.

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Plan International

Plan International

International Solutions Group worked with Plan International to conduct a worldwide thematic review of their Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programming. Plan has identified eight impact areas in which it can effectively contribute to the realization of child rights. With a long history of work within ECCD, Plan has been strongly involved in networks at a regional and global level, working to develop strategies in this area. Current programming is implemented in 50 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas and covers a wide range of work.

In this context, ISG worked with Plan to strengthen their programme work and provide evidence-based, practical options for Plan on a global strategic approach, along with practical steps to improve the focus and quality of their work in ECCD. Data gathering consisted of visits to regional offices and programme countries to meet with ECCD programming staff and relevant actors. It was envisaged that the review will make Plan’s ECCD programming more effective and strategic, enhancing children’s lives worldwide.