The US DOL Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) hired IMPAQ to evaluate the theory of change underlying the livelihoods components across their international programs to combat child labor.
IMPAQ conducted an evaluability assessment of all of OCFT's livelihoods programs (approximately twenty, all in different countries) to determine which programs to evaluate to gain both a broad and deep understanding of the effectiveness of these interventions. This included a desk review, site visits, and key informant interviews. In collaboration with OCFT, IMPAQ evaluators identified four programs for inclusion in the evaluation. These include programs to combat child and forced labor in Myanmar, Rwanda, Uganda, and Brazil.
For each of the selected programs, IMPAQ conducted a mixed-methods performance evaluation. This included examining program participation, service delivery, and outcomes based on monitoring data. IMPAQ experts also conducted key informant interviews with program staff and stakeholders as well as focus group discussions with program beneficiaries, including children involved in child labor. This project integrated analyses of these qualitative and quantitative data to help OCFT evaluate the assumptions behind these programs in order to inform improved project design in the future.