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Latin America - Evaluation of USAID/OFDA's Risk Management Program
USAID (2004)
The objective of this task order was to provide USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) with an independent evaluation of activities in risk management and other sectors implemented in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region from 1998 to the present. The evaluators carried out field investigations of program training, technical assistance, disaster mitigation, and disaster response support activities in Costa Rica, Jamaica, Peru, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. The focus of the evaluation was on documenting and assessing overall program and country coverage, program management, client relations and coordination, effects, and impact.
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Worldwide - Evaluation of Trade Capacity Building Programs
USAID (2003)
The purpose of this evaluation was to identify factors and conditions that are associated with successful Trade Capacity Building (TCB) programs. Working with two USAID economists, the evaluators completed an inventory of USAID TCB programs in 20 countries; analyzed USAID assistance to countries in meeting the implementation requirements of their World Trade Organization commitments; and participated in field research and data analysis activities.
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Worldwide - Technical Support for Development of a Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System for USAID's Bureau of Humanitarian Response
USAID (1997 - 1999)
Checchi and Louis Berger International, Inc. collaborated on a two year technical assistance effort to develop and install a performance monitoring and evaluation system for USAID's Bureau of Humanitarian Response. Tasks included refinement of office level program performance indicators; development of baseline data and targets; review of strategic planning documents and performance plans; and development, testing, and institutionalization of results reporting tools. Among other accomplishments, the Checchi/Berger team developed the Humanitarian Assistance Results Reporting System (HARRIS), which guides USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and its implementing partners in preparing grant submissions and facilitates their reporting requirements. Over the life of the program, the team field tested HARRIS in four countries (Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Bosnia) and organized ten technical training programs to institutionalize the new reporting system with OFDA and cooperating Private Voluntary Organizations.
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Worldwide - Economic Sector Studies
USAID (1997 - 1998)
The Checchi/Berger Joint Venture provided technical support to CDIE in conducting case studies of USAID activities in the development of capital markets in India, Kenya, Morocco, the Philippines, and Romania. The studies drew upon previous work with venture capital and enterprise funds and reviewed available evaluations of other USAID capital market activities. In addition to providing technical specialists to participate in CDIE-led teams, Checchi and Berger personnel assisted with case study design, preparation of background papers, development of interview protocols, and analysis of study findings. The case studies were published by CDIE under the title Efficient Capital Markets: A Key to Development (November 2000).
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Afghanistan – SUPPORT II
USAID (2012 - 2017)
Phase II of the Services under Program and Project Offices for Results Tracking (SUPPORT II) program in Afghanistan is a follow-on to a contract that Checchi has executed since 2006 to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of USAID/Afghanistan’s program information and reporting mechanisms, in order to advance USAID’s overall goal of helping Afghanistan and its people to build a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic state. As the SUPPORT II contractor, Checchi works directly with USAID through its Office of Program and Project Development to provide a wide range of demand-driven services and products, including field-based project monitoring, evaluations, activity/project designs, data quality assessments, management information and reporting, mapping, translation and interpretation, web content development, and logistical support for conferences and workshops. Checchi's resident team of experts in performance monitoring and evaluation, systems analysis, and database management is supported by short-term specialists covering the range of sectors and topics in the Mission's portfolio and by a network of U.S. and Afghan partner organizations.
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Afghanistan - SUPPORT Project
USAID (2006 - 2012)
Following the 2004 Bonn Accords, USAID's program in Afghanistan grew rapidly and exponentially, outstripping Mission resources available for tracking results, periodic reporting, evaluating programs, and other project development and program office functions. Under the Services under Program and Project Offices for Results Tracking (SUPPORT) project, Checchi assisted USAID/Afghanistan's Office of Program and Project Development and technical offices to improve the Mission's program information system and reporting products, disseminate public information about the results achieved by USAID assistance, and facilitate coordination among USAID implementers and other donors. Among other accomplishments, the SUPPORT team successfully completed more than 80 design, assessment, and evaluation tasks in addition to a wide range of third party monitoring, program analysis, mapping, and web-editing assignments.
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Azerbaijan - Evaluation of SME Accelerated Development Program
USAID (2004)
Checchi and Louis Berger International, Inc. collaborated on evaluations of two activities to accelerate development of small and medium-size agribusiness enterprises in Azerbaijan. Both evaluations were intended to inform USAID about the overall environment for agribusiness development, the sustainability of current efforts, and opportunities for future interventions in the sector.
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Azerbaijan - Private Sector Assessment
USAID (1999 - 2000)
A Checchi team assessed the status and needs of the private sector in Azerbaijan. The assessment identified constraints to business development, defined viable business opportunities, and recommended programmatic interventions for USAID to consider in developing a new strategy for promoting economic growth through private sector initiatives.
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Bolivia - Market Access and Poverty Alleviation Assessment
USAID (2003)
The Market Access and Poverty Alleviation (MAPA) project was designed to increase the incomes of the rural poor in the Valleys and Yungas regions of Bolivia by improving producer access to markets and stimulating market demand for priority crops and services, while building a viable system of agricultural innovation organizations capable of replicating MAPA techniques and successes on a sustainable basis. This evaluation, conducted by two senior specialists in agricultural program and policy implementation, focused on project accomplishments to date, measurable impacts on poverty reduction, and the effectiveness and sustainability of project interventions.
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Bolivia - Food Aid Program Final Impact Evaluation
USAID (2002)
This final impact evaluation of USAID/Bolivia's food aid program covered activities implemented over a five-year period (FY 1997 - 2001) in the areas of agricultural productivity, maternal and child health, community water and basic sanitation, and food-for-education. Evaluation issues included the impact of food aid interventions on food security, the effectiveness of program management and monitoring systems, and program contributions to municipal development and community leadership capacity-building.
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Bosnia - Evaluation of Business Development Program
USAID (1998)
Checchi led a mid-term evaluation of USAID's program of lending and technical assistance to Bosnian small and medium enterprises in high-return industrial and agricultural sectors. The team's report provided comprehensive analysis and recommended improvements to the activity, with emphasis on the development of commercially viable enterprises and transferal of Western management techniques to local professionals.
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Bulgaria - Evaluation of the Firm Level Assistance Program
USAID (2002)
The focus of this evaluation was USAID/Bulgaria's Firm Level Assistance Group (FLAG) program of technical assistance to small and medium enterprises. The evaluation team conducted key informant interviews and surveyed a sample of FLAG client companies in six Bulgarian cities. Evaluation issues included the effectiveness and efficiency of the FLAG assistance model, program sustainability, and replication of program benefits to firms.
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Cambodia - Project Evaluation and New Activity Design Services
USAID (2007 - 2009)
The U.S. assistance strategy for Cambodia was designed to address governance and rule of law issues, increase private sector competitiveness and productivity; and create opportunities for small and micro-enterprise to grow. Checchi was responsible for evaluating USAID projects and assisting Mission staff to prepare new activity designs that supported this strategy. The evaluations focused on the achievements, measurable outcomes, and impacts of ongoing projects as well as the identification of lessons learned and best practices. The design work involved the construction of development hypotheses and recommended activities that built off USAID and other donor efforts and showed the greatest potential for success in terms of relevance, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability.
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Central Asia - Evaluation of Civic Education Programs
USAID (2003)
The purpose of this task order was to assess the role of USAID-funded civic education programs in strengthening democratic culture among citizens and local institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. A key area of inquiry was the extent to which the programs had increased the availability of information on civic rights and domestic public issues and enhanced opportunities for citizen participation in governance. The assessment also provided recommendations for program improvements and strategic guidelines for USAID's future civic education programming in Central Asia.
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Central Asia - Evaluation of Social Action and Renewal Initiative
USAID (2001)
The Social Action and Renewal (ISAR) program was developed to encourage grassroots efforts to promote environmental protection through such methods as setting up regional partnerships, providing small grants and expert exchange opportunities, and bolstering the effectiveness and capacity of regional NGOs. Based on field investigations in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, the evaluation team assessed how ISAR program components were contributing to USAID's assistance strategy for increasing citizens participation in political and economic decision making and reducing environmental risks to public health.
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Democratic Republic of Congo - Evaluation of Humanitarian Response Program
USAID (2004)
Checchi led an assessment of USAID's humanitarian response effort in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2000 to 2003, a period of halting recovery from a regional armed conflict that killed or displaced nearly 7 million people. The assessment focused on the effectiveness, sustainability, and overall impact of USAID's humanitarian assistance interventions, with particular emphasis on internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable groups.
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Dominican Republic - Assessment of USAID Civil Society Programs
USAID (2002)
This assessment studied the impact of USAID's ten-year investment in promoting the development of a politically active civil society in the Dominican Republic. A team of U.S. and Dominican evaluators assessed a wide range of projects and activities ranging from civic education, advocacy, and NGO capacity-building to election monitoring and support for justice sector reform. The evaluation methodology included a nationwide proportional sample survey of program beneficiaries and electoral observers. The team's final report provided strategic recommendations for addressing issues of democratic development through civil society in future programming.
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Ecuador - Performance Monitoring Plan and Data Quality Assessment
USAID (2003 - 2004)
Two senior experts in strategic planning and performance measurement assisted USAID/Ecuador's Strategic Development Office (SDO) in data quality analysis and assessment of the Mission's Strategic Objectives. The advisors helped with revising indicators, reviewing baseline data, assessing indicator and data quality, setting targets, and establishing a system for data analysis, review and use. They also assisted the SDO in finalizing the relevant indicator reporting for its Annual Report.
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Egypt - Evaluation of Agricultural Technology Utilization and Transfer Activity
USAID (2002)
A team of U.S. and Egyptian specialists evaluated the horticulture component of USAID/Egypt's Agricultural Technology Utilization & Transfer (ATUT) activity, which was designed to support the Egyptian private sector in diversifying its export market base by improving the competitiveness of horticultural production. The evaluators assessed the activity's overall management, organizational structures and focus, effectiveness, and contractor progress and provided recommendations and lessons learned for possible follow-on activities.
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Egypt - Assessment of Trade and Investment Trends
USAID (2000)
As part of a project to assist USAID/Cairo and the Egyptian Government to monitor program results and prepare for the development of a new country strategy for Egypt, Checchi participated in a series of cross-cutting analyses and strategic planning studies focusing on economic growth, quality of life, and competitiveness issues. An important component of this work was a study of trade and investment trends and prospects that compared Egypt's progress with that of other developing countries, examined the potential impact of alternative foreign exchange rate scenarios on foreign direct investment and international competitiveness, and assessed Egypt's readiness and ability to benefit from various international trade arrangements.
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El Salvador - Evaluation of Environmental NGO Strengthening Project
USAID (1995)
The Environmental NGO Strengthening Project, implemented through a cooperative agreement with the Pan American Development Foundation, was designed to work with national level NGOs aspiring to become more influential in Salvadoran natural resource management and policy. Checchi was contracted to evaluate the project's performance and assess the potential for long-range institutional sustainability of project beneficiaries.
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Ethiopia - Evaluation of Seed Distribution and Cash for Relief Programs
USAID (2004)
A team of Senior Humanitarian and Crisis Analysts evaluated two programs funded by USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) as part of an international humanitarian response to the severe drought conditions and widespread food insecurity prevailing in Ethiopia in 2002/2003. One analyst assessed alternative approaches used by OFDA organizations to distribute seed in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, relevance, impact, coherence and sustainability, while the second analyst evaluated innovative cash for relief projects by the same criteria.
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Ethiopia - Performance Monitoring Plan and Workshop
USAID (2002)
Two senior experts in strategic planning and performance measurement assisted USAID/Ethiopia's Strategic Objectives (SO) teams to finalize Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs) for each SO and establish a functioning Performance Monitoring System. The advisors provided technical assistance with revising indicators, reviewing baseline data, assessing indicator and data quality, setting targets, and establishing a system for data analysis, review and use. In addition, they conducted a two-day workshop for USAID staff and implementing partners in PMP development.
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Ethiopia - Study of Impact of Title II Food Aid on Food Security
USAID (2002)
This assessment, conducted by a team of specialists in program analysis, agricultural economics, nutrition, and food security, focused on the performance and impact of USAID's food aid program in Ethiopia. The team made an independent review of emergency and development food aid activities implemented by cooperating sponsors since 1993 and evaluated their effectiveness in addressing food insecurity in various regions and creating an enabling development environment.
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Ethiopia - Evaluation of the Emergency Response Project
USAID (2001)
USAID provided grant support to Ethiopia's Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Commission for the development of vulnerability profiles of disaster prone areas and research on the underlying causes of food insecurity in Ethiopia. A Checchi evaluator with expertise in food security issues visited field research sites in four regions and used standard procedures to assess the researchers survey instruments, data quality, and analysis methodology.
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Ethiopia - Final Evaluation of USDA Agriculture Statistics Improvement Activity
USAID (2000)
The Agricultural Statistics Improvement Activity was a comprehensive package of technical assistance, provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Ethiopian Central Statistical Authority (CSA), to improve the quality and timeliness of agricultural information and statistics. The final evaluation of this activity focused on the structure and function of the system for collecting and disseminating agricultural information, the impact of the technical assistance on CSA capacity and performance, and options for improving the overall system.
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Former Yugoslavia - Evaluation of Response to Humanitarian Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia
USAID (1999)
Checchi was contracted to develop a case study of the humanitarian crisis in the former Yugoslavia to capture lessons learned and provide recommendations of benefit to USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (BHR/OFDA) and its Disaster Response Team (DART) when responding to future complex international emergencies. In collaboration with BHR/OFDA, the evaluation team prepared a key list of decisions and turning points and tested them through key informant interviews and field research. The team also documented inter-agency cooperation and examined the effectiveness of internal BHR/OFDA administrative and management processes associated with key decisions and turning points of the DART operation.
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Indonesia - Evaluation of Decentralization Capacity Building Programs
USAID (2005)
This final evaluation focused on results achieved and lessons learned from two components of USAID/Indonesia's decentralization support program. The evaluation team visited sites in Java and Sumatra to assess the extent to which project activities had helped arm local governments in Indonesia with the administrative tools they need to manage their new responsibilities in a transparent, efficient, and participatory manner. The team also examined issues of coordination with other technical assistance programs aimed at strengthening local government management and service delivery, and provided recommendations regarding the structure and approach of future USAID programs to support local governance in Indonesia.
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Indonesia - CLEAN – Urban Project Final Evaluation
USAID (2002)
A team of U.S. and Indonesian specialists in policy analysis, community participation, and decentralized local government conducted the final evaluation of USAID/Indonesia's Coordinated Local Environmental Action Network (CLEAN-Urban) project. The CLEAN-Urban project was designed to increase community participation in local government decision-making; improve the regulatory framework for the provision and financing of urban services; and strengthen the administrative and financial management capacity of local governments. The evaluation focused on activities that had been carried over to a successor project, including participatory planning of local capital investments and policy assistance on decentralized local government administration and fiscal decentralization.
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Jordan - Evaluation of Improved Water Resources Management Activity
USAID (2003)
This evaluation looked at the impact and effectiveness of USAID's programs to improve water resources management in Jordan during the period 1995 - 2002. The evaluation team completed a general evaluation of the water sector and examined the extent to which USAID-funded activities had strengthened water sector institutions, increased water use efficiency, and improved wastewater quality. The team's final report presented options for USAID/Jordan to consider in developing a possible follow-on water sector assistance strategy, with emphasis on improved use of water resources and improved water sector management for resource sustainability.
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Jordan - Evaluation of USAID/Jordan's Economic Growth Program
USAID (2003)
In 2003, USAID/Jordan's strategy for creating sustainable improvements in the quality of life for Jordanians encompassed a broad range of economic and social sector initiatives designed to improve access to credit and business services, create a conducive economic and business enabling environment, and support key policy reforms. Checchi and Louis Berger International, Inc. collaborated on a comprehensive evaluation of this strategy and its major program activities. In addition to examining performance and impact at the activity level, the team provided a set of strategic guidelines and recommendations for USAID to utilize in developing a new economic opportunities strategy for 2004 and beyond, with emphasis on accelerating Jordan's transition to a knowledge-based, high growth economy with the capacity to more broadly distribute the fruits of economic growth.
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Kenya - Evaluations of Agricultural Development Support Project
USAID (2002 - 2004)
Checchi collaborated with Louis Berger International, Inc. on the mid-term and final evaluations of USAID's flagship Agricultural Development Support Project in Kenya. Among other evaluation issues, the evaluators examined the extent to which the project had strengthened the private sector's role in agricultural markets, the effectiveness of seed policy reform initiatives, and the project's success in developing public-private partnerships to carry out technology transfer.
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Kosovo - Evaluation of Justice System Reform Activity
USAID (2006)
This evaluation examined the efficiency, impact, sustainability and relevance of activities implemented under a $13.6 million program to support the development of the institutional and legal framework for the Kosovar judiciary. Checchi provided two justice sector development specialists, who were joined in the field by a USAID representative. The team's on-site research and evaluation report focused on contractor performance, lessons learned, and recommendations for future USAID assistance to the justice sector.
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Kosovo - Impact Evaluation of Economic Restructuring Program
(2003)
Checchi and Louis Berger International, Inc. collaborated on a strategic evaluation of USAID's Economic Reconstruction Program in Kosovo, focusing on the effectiveness and sustainability of technical assistance in macroeconomic and fiscal policy, banking regulation, privatization and related areas. The evaluation team documented progress made and lessons learned from a major economic restructuring program launched in the aftermath of the 1999 Kosovo conflict, and identified promising areas for future assistance.
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Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan - Evaluation of Financial Sector Programs
USAID (2003)
This evaluation covered two components of USAID's strategy to improve the environment for the growth of small and medium enterprises in Central Asia: (1) the Financial Sector Initiative (FSI) to strengthen financial markets in Kazakhstan with a focus on the insurance, pension, and mortgage industries; (2) the Banking Supervision Project (BSP) to develop the capacity of the national banks of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to comply with best practices in banking supervision. The evaluators examined the impact of both projects on the growth of SMEs, the effectiveness of project interventions, and sustainability prospects and constraints with respect to the new financial instruments introduced and the capacity of the national banks to regulate the banking sector.
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Liberia - Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Activity
USAID (2015 - 2020)
In July 2015, Checchi Consulting was awarded a five-year task order through the Rule of Law IQC to implement the USAID/Liberia Legal Professional Development and Anti-Corruption Activity. Through this task order, the company will help to promote a more effective and accountable formal justice sector by strengthening the institutions that provide legal training in Liberia. The company will provide technical assistance to the Judicial Institute, National Bar Association, Legal Information Institute, and the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. Among other activities, the company will develop specialized training courses, design a new legal curriculum that includes a clinical legal education program, and mentor staff in improved administrative and financial procedures. In addition, the company will work to strengthen the Anti-corruption Commission in its ability to investigate and prosecute corruption-related crimes.
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Macedonia - Strategic Objectives Data Quality Assessment
USAID (2003 - 2004)
Checchi provided a Senior Performance Monitoring Specialist and two local researchers to assess USAID/Macedonia's Performance Monitoring Plan with respect to indicator objectivity and appropriateness, data source validity, and the timeliness and reliability of data collection methods. The team presented the assessment findings at a series of stakeholder seminars, and the Team Leader trained the Macedonian team members in the assessment methodology so that they would be able in the future to carry out such exercises without U.S. technical guidance.
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Mali Justice Project
USAID (2015 - 2020)
In December 2015, Checchi Consulting was awarded a five-year task order through the Rule of Law IQC to implement the USAID/Mali Justice Project. The Company will work with the formal and informal justice sectors and civil society to advance institutional reforms, increase access to justice, and reduce corruption in order to enhance the delivery of justice services in Mali. The Company will provide technical assistance to improve the operational capacities of key justice sector institutions, especially the National Direction of Justice Administration (DNAJ) and the courts. The Company will also work with local NGOs to increase the availability of information regarding legal services, citizen rights, and justice-related reforms so that citizens better understand their rights under the Malian legal system. Finally, the Company will help establish targeted legal and advocacy services along key trade routes in order to reduce corruption.
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Morocco - Energy Demand Management Project Evaluation
USAID (2000)
Checchi led the final evaluation of a project to improve demand management in Morocco's energy sector. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the efficiency of project implementation, recommend improvements for the project's final year, and determine the impact of project activities on the energy sector and local economy.
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Nicaragua - Diagnostic of the National Assembly
USAID (1995)
In 1995 Nicaragua approved constitutional reforms that enhanced the powers and duties of the National Assembly. To assist USAID in developing a program to support and strengthen this legislative body, Checchi undertook a diagnostic study of the National Assembly and its institutional needs. The study highlighted constraints and assistance opportunities with respect to physical facilities, administrative organization and management, legislative functions and processes, information management systems, and external relationships.
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Pakistan – Evaluation of Legislative Strengthening Program
USAID (2007 - 2008)
Checchi fielded a three-person team to evaluate USAID/Pakistan's Legislative Strengthening Program aimed at supporting parliamentary governance by improving the functioning of the country's National Assembly, Senate, and four Provincial Assemblies. Despite obstacles caused by the declaration of a state of emergency and the dissolution of five of the six legislative bodies pending new elections, the evaluation team made site visits to all four provincial capitals and conducted structured interviews with a broad cross section of stakeholders, including more than two hundred legislators, staff, civil servants, civil society representatives, journalists, and business and academic leaders. In addition to assessing the effectiveness and sustainability of project interventions, the team identified lessons learned and provided concrete recommendations for future USAID assistance programming.
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Paraguay - Assessment of Democratization and Governance Issues
USAID (1995)
Checchi was contracted to prepare a comprehensive analysis of governance issues in Paraguay as they related to USAID's country program strategy. The assessment considered constraints to progress in both economic development and the further political democratization of Paraguayan society and government; assessed the effectiveness of the Mission's portfolio for improving the climate of democracy in Paraguay; and suggested a conceptual approach for identifying new activities to further democracy and more effective governance.
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Peru - Assessment of the Poverty Reduction and Alleviation Program Activity
USAID (2003)
The purpose of this mid-term evaluation was to assess the progress of USAID/Peru's Poverty Reduction and Alleviation (PRA) Program in expanding opportunities for productive employment and income growth in Peru's interior by connecting client businesses to specific national and international markets. The evaluation focused on the effectiveness of PRA's Economic Service Centers in establishing viable marketing channels in ten targeted economic corridors and the impact of the PRA model on poverty alleviation.
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ENI Region - Study of Private Enterprise Development
USAID (1998 - 2000)
Checchi participated in a study of factors affecting the growth and development of private enterprise in the ENI Region during the period of transition from centrally planned to market economies. The work focused on the causes of economic growth and relationships between such growth and USAID assistance efforts in four countries (Russia, Latvia, Romania, and Kazakhstan), representing varying policy environments. Each country study involved development of macroeconomic and industry profiles, a structured survey of representative enterprises, and estimates of the impact of U.S. assistance on U.S. commercial activity. The final report included recommendations on future USAID program priorities.
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South Asia - Mid-term Evaluation of the South Asia Regional Initiative (SARI) Energy Program
USAID (2003)
The South Asia Regional Initiative/Energy (SARI/Energy) program was designed to promote regional stability by encouraging sustainable energy development and cross-border cooperation and eventual trade in energy resources among the countries of South Asia. This mid-term evaluation of SARI/Energy focused on testing the validity of the program strategy, examining the cost-effectiveness and impact of capacity-building and regional cooperation activities, and providing recommendations for the next phase of program implementation. The evaluation team interviewed more than 200 key players and stakeholders in four countries (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh). The team's final report included guidance on Phase II funding levels, management structure, and program directions.
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Africa - Evaluation of Africa Bureau Anti-Corruption Initiative
USAID (2006)
USAID's Africa Bureau Anti-Corruption Initiative (ACI) is a five-year program to fund anti-corruption efforts in Sub-Saharan African countries, with the goal of reducing corruption in countries that have embraced principles of good governance and demonstrated a commitment to reform. Checchi conducted a mid-term evaluation of this program, with emphasis on program effectiveness and value added to USAID's overall anti-corruption programming in Africa. The research phase of the evaluation included site visits to Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Benin, Nigeria, Madagascar, and South Africa.
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Tanzania - Evaluation of Rural Roads Program
USAID (2002)
The purpose of this evaluation was to determine the impact and relevance of USAID/Tanzania's Rural Roads Program in the context of the Mission's revised private sector development strategy and increased interest in agricultural development. Focal evaluation issues included the sustainability of road maintenance, monitoring and evaluation of program performance, and the participation and effectiveness of the Tanzanian Government in program decision-making.
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Africa - Evaluation of Famine Early Warning Systems
USAID (2000)
Checchi and Louis Berger conducted this evaluation of the effectiveness of the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) for the Sustainable Development Office of USAID's Africa Bureau. The evaluation team traveled to 13 countries (Ethiopia, Mali, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Niger, Mauritania, and Chad) to assess FEWS performance in providing timely and credible early warning of conditions affecting food availability and access, response planning to acute food security threats, and capacity development.
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Tanzania - Evaluation of Social Action Trust Fund Program
USAID (2003 - 2000)
This evaluation assessed the performance and sustainability of USAID/Tanzania's Social Action Trust Fund (SATF) program, which was created with the dual objectives of: (1) improving access to credit for SMEs and microenterprises through a investment fund and micro credit facility, and (2) using profits from the investment fund to provide educational grants to AIDS orphans. Focal evaluation issues included the soundness of SATF management procedures, portfolio diversity, and return on investment; the socio-economic and financial impacts of SATF's role as a financial intermediary; and the effectiveness and impact of the educational grants.
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Tanzania - Strategic Planning for USAID Health and Population Activities
USAID (2000)
USAID/Tanzania wanted to review its support to the health and population sector to ensure that it complemented the new national strategies of the Ministry of Health. Checchi was contracted to assist USAID and its partner agencies with this strategic planning exercise by managing the collaborative program review process. The strategic planning team arranged and facilitated a series of consensus-building meetings for policy-level officials and other stakeholders, culminating in a five-day workshop where participants revised USAID's strategic objectives for the sector and helped formulate practical "results packages" to enhance the use of USAID resources allocated to health and population programs.
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Yemen Monitoring and Evaluation Project
USAID (2010 - 2015)
As part of a consortium led by IBTCI, Checchi is supporting USAID’s assistance strategy for Yemen with a comprehensive package of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) services. The Project is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the results and impact of USAID activities, coordinating the development and rollout of the Mission’s MIS/GIS reporting platform and Performance Monitoring Plan, and assisting Mission staff and implementing partners to adapt best practices in data collection and performance management. The scope of work includes rigorous empirical testing of causal relationships between USAID development interventions in underserved communities and improvements in political and social stability. Checchi’s long-term Senior Evaluation Officer is overseeing this groundbreaking research effort in addition to a wide range of related analytical and training tasks.
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