Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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New Guidance from Food For Peace to Improve Mid-Term Evaluations

Session Number: 2098
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Session Facilitator: Barbara A Reed [Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist - USAID/Food for Peace]
Time: Nov 14, 2015 (07:00 AM - 07:45 AM)
Room: Skyway 285

Audience Level: Advanced

Session Abstract: 

USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), which manages US-Government international food assistance activities, recently expanded guidance that requires greater rigor in methods and reporting for mid-term evaluations (MTEs) of multi-year projects.  Operating under cooperative agreements with FFP, the implementing partners commonly manage the MTE.  An MTE should focus on implementation processes rather than quantifying outcomes.  Qualitative inquiry is the foundation of MTEs.  Large surveys are not supported, but quantitative analyses of data from routine monitoring may contribute to a mixed-methods design.  Reports must present detailed findings sufficient to support conclusions.   FFP will review each MTE team member’s evaluation skills and training.  To fulfill the expanded requirements, the typical new award will include an increased MTE budget of $150,000-200,000.  

Discussion in this interactive session will include:

  • Roles of FFP and implementing partners
  • Illustrative Scopes of Work
  • Qualifications and roles of evaluation team members
  • Problems with recent MTEs and possible solutions


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