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E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project

DELIVERING ROBUST EVIDENCE TO STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC GROWTH, EDUCATION, AND ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMMING

USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) launched the E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project in 2013. Running through 2020, the Project designs and delivers a range of analytic services supporting USAID operating units in Washington and overseas.

By the end of 2018, the Project had completed 50 activities, with around 20 activities ongoing. As shown in the map, our teams have collected data in 40 countries to generate evidence to answer key research questions.

OUR ACTIVITIES

Our nearly 100 activities to date include rigorous impact evaluations, whole-of-project type evaluations of complex portfolios, pre-project assessments, and dissemination and training. These activities are generating critical results and lessons learned that are helping Agency staff make evidence-based decisions to achieve greater development impact.

The scope and complexity of our activities vary immensely, from performance evaluations of single activities to multi-country and multi-year studies examining dozens of implementing mechanisms. Our team also implements many cross-cutting activities that reflect the Project’s position as a Bureau-level mechanism able to support Agency learning objectives across geographic and sectoral boundaries. Through this work, we have delivered more than 1,000 products that range from foundational study design documents to final analytic reports, as well as consultation notes that systematically document key decision points and next steps with Agency partners.

This site highlights the Project’s recent work supporting USAID teams across each E3 sectoral cluster (economic growth, education, and environment) as well as interesting tools and lessons learned from our activities to date and more information about our services.

Click below to take a look at our Annual Reports.

ECONOMIC GROWTH

EXAMINING EVIDENCE IN LAnD RIGHTS TO IMPROVE LAND RIGHTS

A Project team enumerator implementing the LTA Phase 2 baseline survey with a farmer in Iringa, Tanzania. Credit: Gerald Usika/MSI, A Tetra Tech Company

The Project has completed several evaluations for the E3 Office of Land and Urban that are helping USAID understand the impact of innovative solutions to improve land tenure rights. Initial evaluation findings suggest that demand for formal title documentation is high and the USAID activities are helping meet this demand. However, the time it takes for formalization of rights to affect other micro-level decisions remains uncertain.

Education

An Innovative Crowdsourcing Approach to Review and Improve Education Evidence

Evaluation Quality Scoring Process

Since 2014, the Project has supported the E3 Office of Education in bolstering evidence-based learning for education programming. This includes developing a tool and innovative process for assessing evaluation quality in the education sector, and synthesizing findings and lessons learned for topics related to USAID’s 2011 Education Strategy.

ENVIRONMENT

Evaluating Geospatial Resource Assistance to Improve Environment Results

Participants in a process mapping workshop as part of the performance evaluation of the USAID-U.S. Department of Energy interagency agreement. Credit: Carolyn Fonseca/MSI, A Tetra Tech Company

USAID provides a diverse array of geospatial resources internally and to other U.S. government agencies and partners abroad. Much of this resource delivery is highly technical in nature, rendering effective evaluation challenging. Over the last several years, the Project has worked with multiple USAID teams to review and evaluate the Agency’s geospatial resource provision, including custom maps and GIS products, geographic emergency response information, and the analysis of complex Earth observation data. The Project has employed a range of methods to answer complex questions around the delivery, use, and value of these geospatial resources and services.

Our Services

The E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project supports USAID’s E3 Bureau in designing and delivering a wide range of analytic and evaluation services. The scope of the Project is intentionally broad, recognizing diverse needs for empirical data across USAID’s Program Cycle and E3 technical sectors. The Project also delivers related assistance such as dissemination and training to strengthen Agency capacity in these areas and help the E3 Bureau share and learn from its analytic work.

The Project utilizes a collaborative step-by-step design process that encourages a shared understanding between USAID, implementing partners, and key stakeholders. The aim of this highly collaborative process is to create more responsive and tailored designs that both adhere to the Agency's highest technical standards and allow for USAID managers to thoroughly consider the pros and cons of various design options from all aspects (scope, methods, cost), and then make better-informed decisions.

Who WE ARE

MSI, A Tetra Tech Company is an international development firm that has delivered development results across the world for 35 years. Evaluation has been a core MSI service since the firm’s founding. MSI’s Strategy, Evaluation, and Analysis practice area conducts rigorous, high-quality evaluations, assessments, and special studies under ongoing USAID mission and bureau-level evaluation, monitoring, and learning support projects. Annually, MSI leads over 50 evaluations and assessments. With a focus on utilization, MSI’s evaluations provide its clients with learning on what works to strengthen future programming. As lead implementer of the E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project, MSI is responsible for overall contract and project management and reporting to USAID. MSI staff members and consultants play significant technical roles in nearly all activities under the Project. Core MSI staff in Arlington, Virginia provide technical and contractual oversight of the Project.

For the past 50 years, Palladium has been helping clients see the world as interconnected – by formulating strategies, building partnerships, and implementing programs that have lasting social and financial impact. Palladium is a global leader in applying rigorous, evidence-led methodologies to international development challenges. Palladium teams have devised smart development responses in every region of the world and across sectors. The firm’s Data, Informatics, and Analytical Solutions practice contributes to learning through high-quality research and monitoring and evaluation services. Palladium works closely with MSI to deliver services under the Project. Palladium staff and consultants work on most Project activities.

NORC at the University of Chicago is one of the largest and most highly respected social research organizations in the U.S., pursuing high quality social science research that serves the public interest. NORC’s International Programs Department helps governments, international aid agencies, and other organizations around the world improve their development programs by designing and implementing evaluations and assessments and providing evidence-based analysis of program results and effectiveness. NORC is a subcontractor to MSI under the Project, supporting impact and performance evaluation designs and the development of survey instruments, and serving as technical lead for the implementation of several evaluations.

Project Staff

MSI, A Tetra Tech Company
Amanda Janczak • Jeremy Gans • Irene Velez • Isaac Morrison • Jacob Patterson-Stein • Molly Hageboeck • Kevin Warr • Carolyn Fonseca • Gwynne Zodrow • Tim Reilly • Elena Szost • Antoinette Melnyk
Palladium
Janet Kerley • Nick Prichard • Ruvinda Pilapitiya
How to Access the Project

The E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project is a seven-year order USAID’s E3 Bureau manages under the MOBIS GSA Schedule. USAID staff interested in accessing the Project’s services can contact Contracting Officer Sharon Baker at shbaker@usaid.gov or Contracting Officer’s Representative Bhavani Pathak at bpathak@usaid.gov.

Top Photo: We examined the scaling up of Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags in Kenya as part of a study of the scaling up of agricultural technologies through commercial pathways. Credit: Colm Foy/MSI, A Tetra Tech Company

This Website is made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this Website are the sole responsibility of MSI, A Tetra Tech Company and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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