Evaluations are useful only if they are used. Through targeted impact tracing, we follow up on PE recommendations to understand whether and how they were used to inform decision-making.
We conducted a performance evaluation of a USAID tuberculosis care program in Zimbabwe that led to improvements in the program, national expansion, and follow-on programming. The program was able to leverage funding from other sources and begin transitioning to local management.
We are evaluating US Department of State refugee shelter, health, and education programs for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East. Our findings will help identify best practices, propose indicators to measure the impact of the program, and assist policymakers and implementers strengthen the quality of the programs.
We also build the capacity of organizations to monitor and evaluate their own programs to better achieve their missions.
Our PEs aim to meet the highest standards of propriety and accuracy. SI’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews PE designs and methods for ethical concerns even when not required by our clients, and all staff undergo training in this area. We use mixed method approaches to triangulate data. We train team members on accurately discerning findings, conclusions, and recommendations. We have various levels of technical oversight to ensure accurate and high quality evaluation products.
SI incorporates innovation throughout the evaluation lifecycle where appropriate. This includes using mobile data collection and non-traditional PE designs such as developmental evaluations. SI employs a variety of methods such as social network analysis, outcome mapping, transect walks and other participatory methods. We tailor deliverables to the evaluation audience through workshops, podcasts, fora, and infographics.