111 USAID Projects Completed Through IMR-2

(IMR-2) was a contracting mechanism that allowed USAID to access rapid, expert support for projects that improve managing for results.

MSI provided short- and long-term support to help USAID coordinate program policies and facilitate their implementation. For operating units based in Washington or overseas, MSI supported efforts in strategic planning, evaluation, monitoring and reporting. The focus of all IMR-2 projects was to improve the management of programs in order to produce tangible, measurable results.

From 2004 until the project’s completion in 2010, MSI completed 111 assignments for USAID through IMR-2.

MSI trained USAID staff in applying USAID’s policies. MSI’s Certificate Program in Evaluation was an intensive course in which participants received classroom training and conducted field research to produce a program evaluation report. The three-phase course had been offered to USAID staff in Washington and at various Missions. After the training, participants were better able to manage programs under their supervision.

MSI provided monitoring and evaluating support. MSI conducted data quality assessments, supported the selection of indicators for projects, and developed performance management plans to help USAID manage its programs more effectively. MSI provided assistance to Washington-based operating units as they revised Common Indicators and Mission Guidance. MSI also helped design and conduct evaluations of large-scale programs.

MSI facilitated numerous strategic planning workshops, created strategic budgeting models for the Bureau of Global Health and developed agendas for significant Agency events, such as the Mission Directors’ Conference. MSI also assisted in drafting topical policy papers, including Monitoring & Evaluation in Post-Conflict Societies, the International Development Strategy, and program component narratives based on the USAID field office’s reporting in 2004.

MSI worked with the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs to support the writing and editing of the Agency’s worldwide publications Frontlines and Telling Our Story. These publications inform international and domestic readers of the impact of U.S. development and humanitarian assistance programs.

MSI has also drafted and reviewed the Annual Report for USAID/Angola for fiscal year 2005, and supported the final preparation and submission of the Agency’s Performance and Accountability Report in 2004.