Areas of Expertise
Program and Impact Evaluation in Developing Countries
AIR is experienced evaluating complex programs in low- and middle-income countries. We design and conduct impact evaluations of programs and policies using experimental and quasi-experimental designs. We work with donors, governments, and foundations to ensure that our studies provide them with evidence-based findings that address their programmatic and policy needs. Our partners in these evaluations are typically in-country organizations and individuals.
The Child Friendly Schools (CFS) initiative in Nigeria was developed as a partnership between the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, and other national and international organizations in response to the dire state of education in Nigeria in the 1990’s.
UNICEF contracted with AIR in January 2008 to conduct a global evaluation of the Child Friendly Schools (CFS) initiative. The evaluation was expected to serve as a baseline assessment that would examine the effectiveness of UNICEF’s CFS programming efforts in the areas of inclusiveness, pedagogy, architecture and services, participation and governance, and systemic management. Thailand was selected as one of the six countries for the global evaluation.
UNICEF has contracted with AIR to support the Ministry of Education in administering a social cash transfer program: program monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and the construction of a management information system (MIS). The M&E framework and MIS are providing for systematic, statistically valid, comparable, regular, comprehensive, and predictable data collection, including outputs, outcomes, and impacts related to SCTs in Zambia.
The Room to Read project is an evaluation of the Enhanced Girls’ Education Program in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Zambia. The impact evaluation includes a fidelity assessment and a targeting evaluation. The evaluation implementation is staggered across the four countries to adapt to each individual country program operational plans.
UNICEF’s Evaluation of Zimbabwe’s National Harmonized Social Cash Transfer Program (May 2012 – March 2014)
The evaluation of Zimbabwe’s National Harmonized Social Cash Transfer program (HSCT) is a two-year mixed methods quasi-experimental design with five components: an impact evaluation, an income multiplier study, a targeting study, process evaluation, and a costing study. The evaluation’s purpose is to learn if and how the program affects the lives of beneficiaries, exerting influences on poverty, health, education, nutrition, and child protection.