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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 Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment Of Women (UN Women)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment Of Women (UN Women)

ISG has recently performed a Final Evaluation of the ‘Regional Mechanisms to Protect the Human Rights of Women and Girls in Southeast Asia’ project for UN Women.

This project focused on regional processes and provided targeted support at national levels to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), representatives and civil society organizations in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. This evaluation aimed to assess performance, effectiveness and results, and provide broader learning and future directions for UN Women and CIDA in supporting ASEAN human rights mechanisms.

ISG assessed the extent to which the UN Women project contributed to the alignment of women’s rights concerns within the ASEAN human rights mechanisms, and provided findings and recommendations that can be used to inform forward-looking strategies and approaches to consolidate an understanding and implementation of CEDAW in the ASEAN region.

As part of this evaluation, data was collected from 10 Southeast Asia countries, both in-country and virtually, to fully assess the program.

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United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

ISG has recently performed a Mid-term Review of the ‘Regional Programme on Improving Women’s Human Rights in Southeast Asia—Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Southeast Asia Programme (SEAP) Phase II’ for UN Women. This programme focused on work with the justice system actors to use the CEDAW Convention to provide better access to justice for women by supporting countries in Southeast Asia in strengthening their accountability mechanisms to report on achievement of gender equality using the CEDAW Convention.

The MTR informed and provided guidance to the strategic direction of the programme, identified strategies that should be emphasized and those that are less useful as well as identified stakeholders showing the most progress in specific areas. The MTR findings and recommendations were developed so that UN Women, implementing partners, and stakeholders may create more effective programming surrounding protection and promotion of human rights of women and girls in Southeast Asia.

As part of this evaluation, ISG collected data from 10 Southeast Asia countries, both in-country and virtually, to fully assess the program.   

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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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United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID)

United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID)

The United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (UN GAID) selected ISG to carry out a feasibility study of the Alliance.

Launched in 2006 after comprehensive worldwide consultations with governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical and Internet communities, and academia, UN GAID was approved by the United Nations Secretary-General. UN GAID was the answer for the need for a truly global forum that would comprehensively address crosscutting issues related to ICT in development.

ISG performed a feasibility study that provided strategic advice and assistance to UN GAID in assessing its current structure and programming, informed UN GAID’s future development strategy, and helped UN GAID be more responsive to its mission. This study assessed the demand of UN GAID’s services and support the organizational development of the organization. In addition, it examined new programming that will allow the organization become more responsive to its mission.

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United States State Department (USSD)

United States State Department (USSD)

The Ainkawa Center for Employment (ACE) was established to address unemployment and human resource capacity issues in Erbil, Iraq.  ACE provides customized training to individuals and organizations, connects job seekers with employers through a digital database, and provides mentorships to those with little or no previous work experience.

ISG designed, implemented and managed all aspects of the project, including the Center’s transition to a fully registered, independent Iraqi NGO in 2010.

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International Republican Institute

International Republican Institute

The International Republican Institute (IRI), a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting democracy worldwide, contracted ISG as an independent Evaluation Team with a background in performance measurement in the democracy, civil society and governance fields. The purpose of this evaluation was to conduct a qualitative impact assessment of IRI’s current grant, by assessing the progress and results of IRI’s post-election work in Iraq within the framework of the existing grant and to offer recommendations to increase the impact and effectiveness of the program.

The results of the evaluation helped IRI determine the longer-term outcomes of its current program, whether changes needed to be made to the current model of programming, and which, if any, of the activities have the potential for replication in other countries and regions in which IRI implements similar work.

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Relief International

Relief International

Relief International – Schools Online (RI-SOL) aimed to fill gaps in access to education and development opportunities for vulnerable communities in Jordan. RI-SOL’s programs focused on strengthening Community Learning and Action Centers, located in areas of high vulnerability, which function as education service providers, community hubs and safe spaces accessible by children, youth and adults. The centers have provided beneficiaries coming from various backgrounds with an integrated response to education, development, and psychosocial needs.

ISG was selected to perform the monitoring and evaluation of RI-SOL’s LEAP program. This work entailed a comprehensive look at programming across the integrated program components that focus on the development and support of Iraqi youth and their families who have sought refuge in Jordan.