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This report is an update summarizing progress and challenges in rebuilding the evaluation practice at USAID since the USAID Evaluation Policy was issued in January 2011 and the previous report that was published in February 2012.
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The study builds on USAID’s practice of periodically examining evaluation quality to identify opportunities for improvement. It covers USAID evaluations completed between January 2009 and December 2012.
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Mid-term performance evaluation of the USAID/West Africa Gambia-Senegal sustainable fisheries program : final report
This is a report on the mid-term evaluation of the Gambia-Senegal Sustainable Fisheries Program funded by USAID/West Africa. The project was implemented in The Gambia and Senegal by the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center and the World Wildlife Fund. Per the requirements of USAID, this evaluation report covers The Gambia, where the majority of the on-the-ground activities occur, but not Senegal.
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The evaluation report clearly documents that the treatment and control groups of farmers had substantially different characteristics, making it impossible to use the control group as a valid counterfactual in the evaluation. The evaluation report makes a compelling case for the use of an alternative evaluation approach, because a counterfactual could not be established.
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The MCC compact with Armenia was a five-year investment(2006-2011) of $177.6 million in two projects: irrigated agriculture and rural road rehabilitation. Although most output and outcome targets were met or exceeded, the evaluation did not detect impacts on adoption, productive income or household income.
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In dairy, the evaluation estimates there were impacts on adoption and increases in farm income. In horticulture, the evaluation estimates impacts on adoption, but no impacts on farm income. In handicrafts, the evaluation estimates impacts on employment for program participants, but no impacts were detected on productive income.
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The independent evaluation found varied results looking at farm income and household consumption. In addition, although the evaluation was not originally designed to test whether or not farm investments increased as a result of the training and increase in farm income, the evaluators did look at changes in investments in mobile and fixed capital in order to potentially explain why they were not finding changes in household consumption.
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The evaluation found varied results for the three regions invested in under the Commercial Training Activity. The evaluation showed no impact on yields or crop incomes on average across the three regions. However, northern region farmers’ annual crop income increased significantly relative to the control group, over and above any impacts recorded in the other zones.
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U.S. foreign assistance has lacked an overall conceptual and organizational architectureIt involves many federal agencies and is heavily influenced by the U.S. Congress and a variety of interest groups.
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This report represents the final project performance report for the Continuous Improvement in the Central American Workplace (CIMCAW) project.