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Women’s World Banking

Women’s World Banking

ISG is working with Women’s World Banking on the Technological Solution for Program Monitoring and Evaluation project. Women’s World Banking (WWB) is an international network of MFIs in several countries working to bring financial services and information to low-income entrepreneurs. Its mission is to expand the economic assets, participation, and power of poor women as entrepreneurs and economic agents by opening their access to finance, knowledge and markets. It seeks to alleviate global poverty by expanding the economic assets, participation, and power of the poor, especially women.

Through this assignment, WWB is seeking to develop a technology-based solution for monitoring and evaluating the success of the new Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program (the Program), including recommendations on an optimal technology platform and build-out of the platform. In doing so, ISG will review the 8 interventions and Theory of Change related to the program, and WWB’s organizational capacity to implement a monitoring plan. ISG will conduct a readiness assessment focused on understanding how the data platform and data will be used, who the users of the data platform are, and how current data is being collected and used, as well as an overview of Women World Banking’s approach to M&E at a global level. After the readiness assessment, and consultations and workshops with WWB, ISG will work with the organization to select an IT solution for the M&E program, and work with the organization in rolling out the platform.

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ACDI/VOCA

ACDI/VOCA

ISG has been selected to undertake a final evaluation of the Sierra Leone Sustainable Nutrition and Agriculture Promotion Project (SNAP), a USAID Food for Peace funded program implemented by ACDI/VOCA, IMC and OICI. The overarching goal of the SNAP project is to reduce food insecurity and increase resilience among the most food insecure and vulnerable rural populations in targeted communities in 18 chiefdoms across 4 districts. To achieve the project goal, the SNAP MYAP is organized in two strategic objectives: first, to reduce chronic malnutrition among children under five, while the second objective aims to enhance agriculture and livelihoods among women and youth in the project communities.

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the project, and provide an assessment of the results achieved, reasons for levels of achievement or non-achievements, and less learned from the SNAP project. The evaluation will assess both the intended and un-intended outcomes of the project, and will document the performance results of the project, and share learning and challenges.

ISG will be conducting a qualitative evaluation analyzing change in awareness, perception, knowledge, and behavior of target beneficiaries. A series of focus groups, collection of Most Significant Change Stories, and key informant interviews will be conducted to gather information on respondents’ attitudes and practice s related to agriculture, market, health, nutrition and gender, and will incorporate data from the SNAP final quantitative end-line survey

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FINCA

FINCA

ISG has been selected to work with FINCA International on the FINCA Tanzania USDA Food for Progress (FFPr) Program Final Evaluation.  The USDA Food for Progress program activities in Tanzania were specifically designed to advance production and trade within the country’s rural, agricultural client base, focusing on the following objectives and activities:

  • Developing a new agricultural lending product, including different fee structures, loan terms, and grace periods to accommodate the delayed returns associated with agricultural investments
  • Establish new bank branches in rural areas, using a market study to determine the geographic location of these offices.
  • Establish new financial services delivery channels. These channels include point of sale (POS) serving points and mobile phone banking.
  • Promote savings accounts and mobilize deposits that allow individual members of the village banking group to access services, in their own name, without a minimum balance or punitive fees.
  • Provide agricultural loans, disbursed through Village Banking Loans, Individual Loans and Small Group Loans, with a special emphasis on increasing household income.
  • Research client satisfaction and social impact through a regular survey of a representative and statistically significant sample of clients in order to understand customer needs and preferences and to qualify the value customers gain from working with FINCA.

The purpose of the final evaluation is to assess whether the project has achieved the expected results as outlined in the results framework. The final evaluation will assess areas of project design, implementation, management, lessons learned and replicability. It will also provide lessons learned and recommendations for USDA, program participants and other key stakeholders for future food assistance and capacity building programs.  ISG will use a mixed-methods, participatory approach, including a household survey, key informant interviews and focus group discussions, working with a local team of data collectors in Tanzania.

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World Bank

World Bank

ISG is working with our partner, D3 Systems/ACSCOR, on a mapping and lessons learned of women economic empowerment programs in Afghanistan.

The research is focused on identifying the different parameters of women economic empowerment, conducting a nationally representative mapping of women economic empowerment programs—following the parameters identified under and assessing lessons learned to mitigate constraints and challenges and provide innovative and contextual recommendations for the government and donors to develop and implement the Women’s Economic Empowerment National Action Plan.ISG is assisting with the research by providing gender expertise, leading the development of a comprehensive literature review report, developing data collection tools for the mapping exercise, and assisting with the analysis and development of the final report.

 

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Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)

Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)

ISG is working with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) on an Independent evaluation of the Swiss headquarters contribution to the ICRC.  SDC supports and assists international organisations and the humanitarian aid system as a whole in their ability to deliver results and constantly improve their performance. As host state of the main ICRC headquarters and depositary state of the Geneva Conventions, Switzerland maintains a special relationship with the ICRC. Moreover, Switzerland is the most important donor of the ICRC headquarters budget. This evaluation is meant to assess that funding and specifically:

  • how the Swiss headquarters contribution is used by ICRC;
  • to what extent the objectives of SDC’s financial contribution and support to ICRC’s headquarters were achieved / are likely to be achieved;
  • identify the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives.

The evaluation will develop an evidence base, conduct analysis and make recommendations related to the impact and effectiveness of the SDC-HA’s contribution to ICRC.

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World Bank

World Bank

ISG, in partnership with DevResults, is working with the the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) to provide monitoring, evaluation and learning support to the Gateway Academy (the Academy) at the World Bank.

CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. Staff capacity at financial service providers (FSPs) has long been a challenge for financial inclusion efforts. Without strong staff, FSPs are limited in their ability to innovate and extend their outreach to the nearly 2.5 billion people who are excluded from the formal financial system. New applications of technology are bringing about massive change in the field of professional development and training. These approaches have the potential to dramatically expand the accessibility of high-quality content at a lower cost than traditional training models and thus boost much-needed capacity in the sector.

Gateway Academy is an innovative learning project that will offer both on-line and blended courses and cultivate communities focused on financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Gateway Academy will work with training providers, financial service providers and on-line learning experts to generate high-quality course content, build communities of practice and conduct on-going research to understand user needs.

The goal of the assignment is to develop and roll out a learning agenda that will inform a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan (MEL Plan) for the Academy.  The assignment centers on the organizational design and implementation of an approach to MEL that will measure the impact of the Gateway Academy’s programming and activities through comprehensive monitoring and data collection. This will require a review of the Theory of Change related to the Academy, and CGAP’s organizational capacity to implement a MEL Plan. Additionally, it will require the launch of data collection and training activities that will provide baseline and regular data collection over the course of the Academy’s programming. These activities will, in part, be coordinated through an M&E software system (DevResults) that will facilitate reporting and analysis of the Academy’s programming.

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ACDI/VOCA

ACDI/VOCA

ISG is working with ACDI/VOCA to undertake a final evaluation of the Liberian Agricultural Upgrading, Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH) Program.

ACDI/VOCA, together with Project Concern International, John Snow Inc., and Making Cents International have been implementers of the five-year (2010-2015) USAID Title II MYAP-funded Liberian Agricultural Upgrading Nutrition and Child Health (LAUNCH) program. LAUNCH was designed to improve the food security of vulnerable rural people in the Liberian counties of Bong and Nimba. Using a multi-sectoral approach to address both the underlying chronic causes as well as the acute symptoms of food insecurity, LAUNCH was intended to reduce food insecurity in more than 90,000 households in Liberia.

In this context, ACDI/VOCA has proposed a final evaluation process that will include a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the performance of the program focusing on outcome and impact level program indicators. Tools to be used include Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews, as well as anthropometric measurements and quantitative household surveys.

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ActionAid

ActionAid

ISG is working with ActionAid to undertake a Baseline for ‘Women’s Rights to Sustainable Livelihoods 2’ program in four countries.

The objective of the assignment is to design and undertake a multi-country research process to collect qualitative and quantitative data on attitudes, knowledge and behaviors related to women’s empowerment, unpaid care and sustainable agriculture in Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This includes women’s ability to control their income, through practicing climate resilient sustainable agriculture, better access to markets and reducing, recognizing and redistributing work related to unpaid care.

The baseline will be carried out in all four countries, collecting data relevant for indicators and to provide further situational analysis where necessary. Baseline data will be collected through a household survey (in line with the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index – WEAI) as well as qualitative research. Baseline data will be consolidated at the global level to support project policy and advocacy work, while country level data and WEAI measures will be captured to enable the impact assessment at the end of the project.

Working with local data collectors in each country, the ISG Project Team will lead the tool development process, as well as produce an overall synthesis report summarizing findings from the four countries, and develop a M&E plan for the program moving forward.

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Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW)

Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW)

ISG was selected to perform an evaluation of IRW’s PPA. These funds have been, or are being used, for delivering two distinct strategic priorities:

  1. To finance innovation and capacity building via an Islamic Microfinance programme in Kenya, Sudan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
  2. To fund capacity building, research, learning and advocacy leading to the development of faith sensitive policy and influencing other developments actors in five core thematic areas – gender justice, child protection, conflict and fragility, climate change, and microfinance/debt.

In addition, PPA funds were also intended to enhance organizational effectiveness through the mainstreaming of tools and approaches related to the above thematic areas, including embedding of the following PPA working principles: accountability, gender, value for money, improving evidence of economic empowerment tools, and policy and advocacy work.

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International Organization For Migration (IOM)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

ISG was selected to perform an evaluation of IOM Iraq’s Community Revitalization Program Phases II, III and IV.

The Community Revitalization Program (CRP) is multi-sectorial program that focuses on the implementation of livelihood projects, rehabilitation of shared economic and social infrastructure, and capacity building of local stakeholders and governmental authorities.

CRP aims to contribute to stabilization in Iraq by improving the conditions for sustainable economic and social inclusion of vulnerable individuals in communities with significant populations of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees. This program is a comprehensive, community based initiative that empowers local communities to take the lead in their own development.

 

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