Helping USAID/Kenya to Make Informed Decisions for Development

We are assisting USAID/Kenya with its information needs by providing qualitative and quantitative evidence on the effects of development projects on Kenyan lives.

The USAID-funded Kenya Support Services Project (KSP) assists USAID/Kenya in meeting day-to-day information needs in order to make informed program management decisions. This five-year project provides substantive support with qualitative, quantitative, and analytical information that ultimately assists the Mission to assess and evaluate its development hypothesis.

Projects cover a wide range of sectors and activities, totaling more than $480 million.

In its first year, the project responded to twenty requests for task orders for evaluating, monitoring, and strategic planning/facilitation. We are working closely with USAID and its partners on evaluations to ensure that lessons learned are shared and applied to future programming.

We are also working with the Development Outreach and Communications office in a number of areas, including  media monitoring, a national opinion poll, and the development and dissemination of weekly news and information.  These radio programs help to communicate the impact of USAID’s assistance program.

The project also works extensively with local survey firms in its evaluations and monitoring assignments, introducing and training on USAID quality standards.  The goal is to ensure the highest-quality data.

Beyond that local capacity-building work, MSI also works with local talent. Several national consultants, who have participated in evaluations, have come to understand and embrace our approaches to evaluation. They have become repeat consultants. It is hoped that several will be strong candidates for evaluation team leader.

With the advent of the Government Performance Results Act, the U.S. Congress and American public are increasingly looking at the cost effectiveness of development spending.   Across all of our projects, we focus on performance improvement and effective delivery.

In addition to our work in Kenya, MSI is also a trusted partner to USAID and is currently providing critical M&E assistance to missions in eight countries, including Vietnam, Ghana, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia and South Sudan; and recently finalized its project in Ethiopia. In 2011, our first  USAID M&E project in Pakistan was the largest international development M&E effort in the world. We also implement the MISTI project in Afghanistan, a comprehensive international development project focusing on stabilization programs using best practices to measure the sustainability of development in the country’s complex environment.