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Project

Research and Learning Support on a USAID Development and Food Security Activity in Uganda

Official Title
Learning and Research Support for Graduating to Resilience
Location(s)
Kamwenge, Uganda
Dates
2017–2024
Market
International Development
Services
Research Services
Client
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Sub To
AVSI Foundation
Methodologies
Adaptive management
Collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA)
Routine review
Stakeholder engagement
Solicitation of solutions
Change incorporation
IMPAQ researcher Andrea Procopio interviews a participant from the host community during the quarterly qualitative case study data collection to understand her perspective of the activity and progress to date.

IMPAQ International supports the AVSI Foundation in the Development Food Security activity on the Graduating to Resilience activity, funded by the USAID Office of Food for Peace, and in partnership with USAID Uganda and the Government of Uganda. The goal of this activity is to graduate extremely poor refugee and Ugandan households from conditions of food insecurity and fragile livelihoods to self-reliance and resilience. The activity works with 13,200 households (HHs) in Kamwenge District that are economically active, but chronically unable to meet their basic needs without some form of assistance. The activity aims to significantly reduce food insecurity among extremely poor populations, thereby reducing the prevalence of poverty, increasing resiliency, and reducing stunting, wasting, and underweight conditions among children in the two communities.

Methodologies

IMPAQ is applying methodological rigor to measuring development outcomes and bringing our experience with adaptive management to accomplish ongoing learning during implementation. Central to our approach are routine, structured, highly participatory mechanisms for review, open discussion, solicitation of solutions, and change incorporation. IMPAQ is working with the AVSI consortium to:

  • Regularly review current data, information, and lessons learned to inform programmatic decision-making;
  • Design needs assessments to understand implementation, participant experiences, and where and how changes can be made;
  • Conduct qualitative data collection to compliment a robust quantitative data collection to understand how and why particular results are taking place;
  • Design and facilitate theory of change review workshops and processes so programmatic and contextual changes are reflected throughout design and implementation; and
  • Conduct both formative and operational research to understand contextual factors for program design as well as conduct ongoing research to understand why changes are or are not taking place and how this information can be shared with wider communities of practice.

IMPAQ is also supporting the AVSI consortium by building collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders, from local communities to global researchers, to share ideas, challenges, and insights. We are identifying opportunities for improvement and modifying hypotheses, activities, and delivery mechanisms, which are core principles of the adaptive management approach for this activity.

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. As a research and learning partner, we take that knowledge, our depth of skills in advanced data analytics, and a consistent focus on methodological rigor to provide clients with evidence-based policy research.

On this activity, IMPAQ&#apos;s Research and Learning Facilitator, Andrea Procopio, works with the AVSI team in Uganda. Ms. Procopio is a seasoned research and learning facilitator with 13 years’ experience designing strategies and approaches to adaptive management through the exploration of cutting-edge innovation, digital technology, feedback loops, applied learning, monitoring data analysis, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity building, and stakeholder engagement.

Supporting this work, senior IMPAQ economists and research analysts have brought their collective evaluation expertise in mixed-method research and advanced M&E to provide additional assistance on formative research that allows AVSI to make better programmatic decisions and refine the theory of change. IMPAQ personnel have also contributed to extensive qualitative data collection and analysis, quantitative data analysis, and geographic information system support. IMPAQ expertise in M&E facilitates capacity building of local stakeholders through collaborative efforts to develop data collection tools and undertake rigorous evaluations, among other activities.