Considering Gender in Our Monitoring and Evaluation Work


In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, MSI’s Director of International Production, Noah Wilderman, sat down with Technical Director Betsy Bury and Jennifer Mandel, Senior Advisor for Evaluation for our USAID-funded Monitoring and Evaluation Project in Pakistan, to talk about the importance of mainstreaming gender into our M & E work. They discuss planning to incorporate gender, from formulating an evaluation and data collection, to analysis and writing up findings with a special focus on their discussion on Pakistan.

While the M & E project in Pakistan provides several rich examples of the inclusion of gender, our overall approach to mainstreaming gender into our M&E work is illustrated in this infographic that we created for International Women’s Day.

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Sharing Our Story

sharing-our-story_thumbnailHere at MSI, we’ve embraced infographics as an innovative and effective tool for displaying our research and results. Words, images and numbers are combined to visually tell a complete story that sorts and arranges complex data.

For the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our best infographics from past years. Follow along on this page and on our other social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.




Day 1: USAID/Zambia – Local Partners Capacity Building Program

home-zambiaFrom 2008 to 2013, MSI worked as a sub-contractor to FHI360 to strengthen the organizational capacity of civil society organizations on the front lines of fighting HIV/AIDs in Zambia through the Local Partners Capacity Building Program or LPCB . Zambia has one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the world. In the final year of the project, MSI producer Noah Wilderman traveled to Zambia to help capture the project’s results as project participants talked about the unique work of their organizations and the project’s impact. Participant’s enthusiasm about their progress was not hard to find.

This interactive infographic uses a stylized map to share the project overview video as well as a few of the stories that were captured with our local partners in various parts of the country. Through the infographic format, the graphic is able to share these colorful stories and provide a basic overview of the project, it’s implementing partners and funding donor organizations.

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MSI Announces Leadership Staffing Changes

MSI President Keith Brown today announced several leadership staffing changes that will take effect immediately.

These changes follow on the heels of last week’s announcement of Keith Brown assuming the role of President; and Larry Cooley transitioning to a role as President Emeritus and Senior Advisor.

“I am excited about the changes we are announcing today to further round out our management team. All of these individuals share MSI’s historical commitment to exceptional professional and technical standards, and their respective areas of expertise will support MSI’s continued expansion into new markets and clients,” said Keith.

Andy Griminger, who has served as a Senior Vice President at the firm since 2011, has been named Executive Vice President for Business Development. He will continue to oversee MSI’s business development operation with an emphasis on expanding MSI’s presence in new markets in the U.S. and globally. Andy is a specialist in improving government systems and has spent more than fifteen years leading complex development projects for MSI and other U.S. firms. He also has extensive experience in the Middle East, spending twelve years in the region doing business development for local firms and leading projects for USAID and the WHO. He began his career with the Department of Defense, working on regional issues in the Middle East.

Marina Fanning will continue overseeing operations and human resources as Executive Vice President for Operations. Marina has been with MSI for nearly three decades, helping to establish the firm with President Larry Cooley in the 1980’s, overseeing the firm’s most important operations and initiatives since that time. She has more than 30 years of experience as a senior trainer specializing in management and entrepreneurship skills development, and has managed hundreds of projects for U.S. and foreign government agencies, international organizations and private sector firms in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Fred Mills, who recently joined MSI, has been named a Senior Vice President, filling the position that Keith held until assuming his new position as President on March 1st. Fred will oversee several of the firm’s practice areas, including Strategic Management and Performance Improvement, Food Security and Natural Resource Management, Public Sector Management, Education, and Youth Programs.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the international development and U.S. federal sectors. Specific areas of expertise include strategic and performance planning, results-based management, organizational design and analysis, workforce planning, strategic human capital management, and institutional capacity development.

He joins Dr. Lynn Carter, who has served as a Senior Vice President since 2011. She focuses on MSI’s democracy, governance and conflict mitigation programs. Lynn has been with MSI for more than two decades and has led the establishment and expansion of the firm’s work in these sectors. She is a comparative political scientist with experience in maternal and child health, rural development, education and, since 1992, DRG, conflict mitigation and countering violent extremism. She has worked extensively in the Middle East and South Asia and has lived in Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan and India.

Keith also announced today that Sandra Amis will be moving into the role of Vice President. Sandra has been with MSI for 25 years. In her previous role as Director of Cost and Pricing, she managed MSI’s cost proposal and financial management teams, and maintained working relationships with in-country finance and project staff on all matters pertaining to the financial management of field projects. As Vice President she will retain these responsibilities, but now will also oversee MSI’s Office of Personnel Management, the Compliance Department, and the Businesses Support Services Unit.

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MSI Assists with USAID’s Practitioner’s Guide for Anticorruption Programming

usaid anticorruption guideMSI recently completed work on the Practitioner’s Guide for Anticorruption Programming, a major publication for USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG Center) to provide informed guidance to field missions. The goal was to offer practical programming and implementation advice based on actual experience, as well as systematic comparative research, rather than on single cases or anecdotes.

We compiled a brief two page summary of the Guide to detail its contents and main themes. The Guide’s recommendations are based on lessons learned from past anticorruption programming by USAID, other donors and host governments. Guidance is provided on the use of USAID’s Anticorruption Assessment, as well as on approaches to develop effective and targeted monitoring and evaluation indicators for anticorruption programs. The Guide also provides a framework for anticorruption programming in post-conflict countries.

USAID’s DRG Center contributes to social and economic progress and sustainable development by integrating democracy, human rights and governance goals across all development sectors such as global health, food security and climate change.

The full version of the Practitioner’s Guide for Anticorruption Programming can be found here. More information on MSI’s work with anticorruption can be found on our project page.

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Senior Vice President Keith Brown Takes Helm of MSI

Keith-Brown-Profile-Thumbnail-191x103-1Keith Brown has been appointed the new President of MSI, succeeding Larry Cooley.  Larry will remain highly engaged, transitioning to a full-time position as a President Emeritus and Senior Advisor to MSI and Coffey.

MSI President Larry Cooley today announced that 22-year veteran and current Senior Vice President Keith Brown has been named the company’s next President, effective March 1st.  Larry has held that position since he founded MSI in 1981.

MSI became a part of Coffey in 2008, joining Coffey’s global international development business with offices in Washington, London and Adelaide. Coffey delivers projects in more than 90 countries across a range of practice areas, including governance, monitoring and evaluation, economic growth and education.

Coffey Group Executive of International Development Glen Simpson welcomed Keith’s appointment and Larry’s new role.

“Keith builds on MSI’s history of having a highly respected technical expert leading the firm,” Glen said.

“He has a deep understanding of MSI’s corporate culture, and, like Larry, commands tremendous respect among his fellow employees and clients.

“While expecting Keith to lead MSI into the future, we are also counting on him to be a faithful steward of the rich history and the technical excellence that MSI is known for.”

Keith has held a variety of senior leadership positions for the past 10 years and has been MSI’s Senior Vice President for the past four years.

He has been responsible for overall technical direction in strategic planning, performance measurement, organizational assessment, evaluation and research.  He has also provided oversight to MSI’s work in economic growth, education, environment, public sector management and health.

Previously, he held senior positions within MSI, served as Chief of Party on a USAID-funded project in Washington, D.C., and was a senior M&E advisor to USAID/Kenya. His country and regional experience includes Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Near East and the Balkans.

“I am truly honored to follow in Larry’s footsteps and look forward to tackling new challenges and pursuing new opportunities,” Keith said.

“MSI has a very strong culture emphasizing innovation and learning, a history of thought leadership, and a deep commitment to making the world a better place, and I am keen to do my part to bring about the next phase of the company’s development.”

Larry founded MSI in 1981 and remained at the helm of the firm when it was acquired by Coffey in 2008.  In his new role, he will devote additional time to thought leadership initiatives with USAID and other donors, and will share his expertise as a mentor and advisor with other parts of Coffey.

“Keith has been a trusted colleague and a dear friend for more than 20 years.  There is nobody more qualified to lead MSI’s next chapter,” Larry said.



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