Impact tracing: SI is committed to demonstrating that our work is making development more effective at improving people’s lives. We engage with current and past clients to measure the impact of our support, and we use these findings to strengthen our own programs.
Utilization: SI is focused on ensuring that all of our services and our evaluations are useful to our clients, inform policy and management decisions, and when possible, are available for use by the broader development community.
Evaluation Quality, Use, and Impact. EQUI is SI’s proprietary system for managing evaluations to achieve impact. Through this proven process, we deliver cost-effective evaluations and practical recommendations to advance the impact of global development.
We follow up with clients after our evaluations to understand how the results were used and how positive change happened.
Local capacity: We are building the capacity of our local partners. We conduct evaluations that foster local participation, learning, and empowerment among a range of stakeholder groups. We build organizational skills, incentives, and systems to be able to to achieve their goals. We share tools and resources and where possible, facilitate opportunities for hands-on practical experience in their use.
We employ USAID’s Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) approach to help governments and civil society organizations achieve performance excellence and responsibly meet the needs of their countries and constituents.
As an independent organization focused on monitoring and evaluation, the credibility and utility of our evaluations and performance management engagements adhere to the highest standards of professional excellence.
The use of quantitative and qualitative methods ensures our findings are an accurate representation of program performance and impact.
Our Data Collection Toolkit for impact evaluations leverages best practices in social science research. This toolkit contains checklists, templates, and guidelines, including a specialized Stata module, for monitoring data quality. The customized materials cover all activities in the life cycle of an evaluation from start up to analysis and reporting. Using these resources, SI ensures that the highest quality data are used in our evaluations. This enables us to produce empirically sound conclusions that are credible and useful to our clients.
The SI Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews and certifies relevant data collection plans and instruments to ensure adequate protection and ethical treatment of human research subjects.
Our strategy and monitoring work reflects the views of those who are part of the process, while protecting their anonymity. SI’s professional and organizational development work, including one-on-one coaching, respect our client’s privacy and confidentiality.
We employ a variety of innovative approaches and designs including randomized response, social network analysis, outcome mapping, and developmental evaluation. We are innovators in using big data and data science approaches. We collect data through participatory approaches, and use mobile technology and social media. We conduct remote and complexity-aware monitoring. Additionally, we use sensors to improve the accuracy of our measurement.
We develop news tools for scenario-based planning and results-measurement. We identify opportunities for feedback loops so that lessons learned support better programs. We have done award-winning work helping USAID implement the latest in collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) approaches.
Through our coaching, training, and professional development services, we help our clients to innovate and succeed as development professionals.