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Project

Evaluation of the Georgia Food for Progress (FFPr) Project

Official Title
Evaluation of the Georgia Food for Progress (FFPr) Project
Location(s)
Georgia
Dates
2018–2023
Market
International Development
Services
Program Evaluations
Mixed Method Evaluations
Client
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Land O'Lakes Georgia
Methodologies
Quantitative and qualitative performance evaluation approaches
gender assessment
IMPAQ’s enumerator administers a survey with a dairy farmer in the host community during baseline data collection activities.

IMPAQ is evaluating Land O'Lakes Food for Progress (FFPr) programming aimed at revolutionizing the dairy and beef sectors in Georgia. Lasting October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2023, the project targets, but is not limited to, five regions in the country: Kakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Imereti, and Samegrelo Zemo Svaneti.

The project uses a private-sector approach to increase productivity and profit for dairy- and beef-sector actors. The main goal is to increase agricultural productivity and expand the trade of agricultural products in the dairy and beef sectors. The project activities focus on enhancing income and productivity at the farmer level, as well as removing bottlenecks along dairy and beef value chains.

Methodologies

IMPAQ's evaluation team has employed a quantitative and qualitative performance evaluation approach to evaluate how Georgia FFPr's interventions contribute to a sustainable private-sector dairy- and beef-market system. In order to guide future phases of the project, the evaluation develops and presents hypotheses that are related to the project's relevance, impact, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, and gender equality and equity considerations. The baseline evaluation of this project was supplemented by a baseline gender analysis report.

Experience & Expertise

The IMPAQ International Development division has conducted more than 250 evaluations across the world in more than 43 countries. We understand the pain points of implementers and the constraints to achieving greater impact on a range of activities. As independent evaluators, our focus is on applying our deep knowledge and skills in advanced data analytics to provide our clients with evidence-based recommendations and identify the best practices and lessons learned to help scale up the program for future interventions.

On this project, the IMPAQ team brings together an integrated group of highly qualified evaluators with extensive experience working in Georgia in the dairy and beef sectors, as well as expertise in quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, survey design, and gender assessments.

Dr. Sonam Gupta leads this evaluation and provides technical and methodological oversight. Dr. Gupta has over 10 years of experience and is an expert in experimental and quasi-experimental design; econometric methods; data analysis; survey development, testing and administration; and designing focus group protocols. Supporting this work, senior IMPAQ economists and research analysts have brought their collective evaluation expertise in mixed-method research and gender assessments to provide additional assistance on formative research and best practices to help scale up the program for future interventions. IMPAQ team members have also contributed to conducting extensive cognitive testing, programming quantitative surveys, training enumerators, and assessing data quality.