Avansa Agrikultura is a horticulture value chain project aimed at addressing the key challenges of rural poverty, natural resource degradation, food insecurity, and under-nutrition in Timor-Leste.
Avansa M&E collects baseline and endline data on Avansa Project activities. SI supports the USAID Mission and implementing partner staff to monitor the key indicators. SI is strengthening activity-level M&E systems, and conducting three performance evaluations.
- SI developed a collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) assessment, agenda, vision, and action plan for the project. SI conducted CLA workshops for USAID and Avansa Ag staff and initiated a CLA Core Working Group for the Economic Growth Office at USAID Timor-Leste.
- The M&E team designed and used a population-based household survey for 12 of the project’s indicators. The M&E team collected data from 1,200 households from 48 sucos (villages) using a two-stage clustered sampling approach. In addition to interviewing households (including household head and female decision maker), the M&E team also collected data from the suco and/or aldeia (community) chief on community characteristics, such as whether there were active community groups with crop buying agreements with local traders in the area, or whether groups were implementing natural resource management practices.
- SI completed a performance evaluation of the Development Agriculture Communities (DAC) project to determine the results achieved and provide recommendations to improve the Avansa Agrikultura project. The evaluation used a multi-level, mixed-methods design to triangulate information including: a) document review of secondary sources from DAC, b) primary qualitative data collection through focus group discussions and key informant interviews, and c) primary quantitative data collection via a household beneficiary survey.
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