IDG brings extensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) experience and knowledge in cutting edge and rigorous methodologies, and in making innovative use of IT and social media to organize and make accessible data. IDG is well versed on the new USAID guidelines and current trends in development program M&E, offering a range of tools, from highly rigorous quasi-experimental design methods to less resource-intensive tools focused on monitoring project progress. Our M&E methodologies focus on rigor, assuring attribution of results to project activities, aligning indicators with intended objectives, producing timely information that is actionable for informing implementing partner and clients’ decisions, and tailoring methods to available resources in each instance. We also utilize IT tools to provide rapid access to stakeholders to key information, with functionality to analyze and organize data to meet needs, with a tailoring of access to meet each stakeholder‘s needs with high security.
Specifically IDG has the ability to provide the following illustrate various rigorous methodologies:
Mobile Technology IDG uses IT tools to provide rapid access to stakeholders to key information, with functionality to analyze and organize data to meet needs, with a tailoring of access to meet each stakeholder‘s needs with high security. For the Evaluation of Liberia’s Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP), IDG used innovative measures to collect data without compromising its quality. IDG used Personal Digital Assistance (PDAs) to collect data allowing the team to rapidly collect and process a massive amount of information without the time, resources or errors normally associated with paper surveys that then need to be entered by hand into electronic format.
- Domestic Resource Cost Analysis IDG employs the use of Domestic Resource Cost (DRC) Analysis to assess the basic financial and economic profitability of various potential agricultural (or non-agricultural) products. Such analysis determines the costs throughout an entire value chain and compares them to world market prices, allowing, first, to determine whether a particular value chain is competitive, and, second, to identify specific cost constraints that might be worthy of further donor assistance to address. Such analysis can help steer donor efforts toward activities that are particularly important in improving value chain competitiveness using rigorous, evidence-based methodology.
- Cost-Benefit Analysis The purpose of a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is to analyze and quantify the benefits of project investment or expenditure relative to its cost of design and implementation – yielding a conclusion that compares the investment to a pre-established metric for cost justification. Ideally, the analysis can be aggregated into one net summary number—a net present value of expected costs and benefits, or a return on investment (or return on expenditure). Impact is expressed in monetary terms. Sometimes, costs and benefits are directly measurable in US dollars, and other times various techniques can be used to translate more abstract or hard-to-measure effects into dollars—for instance by asking beneficiaries about their “willingness to pay”, or by estimating “shadow prices” (which are prices that are not explicitly paid but that are derived from other available data).
Evaluation of Liberia’s Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program: IDG conducted an external evaluation for the project that was created to assist the GOL to create and institutionalize effective financial and asset management policies and procedures, contain corruption, and improve overall economic governance. The findings and conclusions from this evaluation were intended to assist the US Mission in Liberia formulate more effective economic strategies to increase impact based on experienced gained and lessons learned from the GEMAP programming.
Midterm Evaluation Project of USAID/Senegal Economic Growth Program: The IDG Team provided support to the USAID/Senegal Economic Growth Office by conducting a midterm evaluation of its economic growth program, a single award IQC awarded to International Resources Group. IDG managed the assessment and the production of the final report which assessed performance in 3 areas: Business Development Services, Public Private Partnerships, and Policy Reforms.
Evaluation of the Trade and Investment Programme for Competitive Export Economy: In 2008, IDG provided experts to USAID to evaluate the economic growth program in Ghana and its impact on increasing global competitiveness. The assessment included an in-depth look at the TIPCEE program, which aimed to increase exports in the horticulture and food crops sectors by facilitating improvements in the business enabling environment.
Evaluation of Macedonia's Competitiveness Project: The MCP emphasized identifying promising industries in the regional/global economy and subsequently encouraging local economic activities that integrate with those value chains.
External Evaluation of USAID‘s Afghan Competitiveness Project: This project sought to implement measures to improve the competitiveness of Afghan firms, including through training in business skills.
Mid-term Evaluation of Nigeria’s Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites projects (MARKETS) Program: This program aimed to Nigeria's agribusiness competitiveness and food security by providing services and leveraging resources to address value chain constraints and deliver products to market more effectively.