Integra - Learning, Evaluation and Analysis Project (LEAP III)

Background on WEE End-Line Evaluation

On behalf of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau of Democracy, Development and Innovation (DDI)/ Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub (GenDev), the USAID-funded Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III) Activity (implemented by Integra) has been requested to conduct a portfolio performance evaluation (PPE) of USAID’s first round of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) funded activities in 2018 (Round 1). This portfolio of activities includes 44 activities supported by Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 WGDP funds. The objective of the WEE PPE is to help USAID better understand the results of the Round 1 WEE portfolio of activities, as well as the implementation, partnerships, and the sustainability of these activities. The WEE PPE is being conducted in two phases. During Phase 1 (April 2020 to November 2021) a mid-term PPE was conducted. During Phase 2 (January 2022 to January 2023), LEAP III will implement the Portfolio Performance End-line Evaluation (PPEE).

The purpose of the PPEE of the Round 1 WEE activities is to assess progress made by the former W-GDP Fund-supported activities to achieve their objectives, as well as the Pillar aligned goals of the W-GDP Initiative (see Pillar descriptions below). The portfolio to be evaluated covers the Round 1 WEE activities supported by FY 2018 W-GDP funds. The PPEE findings, conclusions, and recommendations (FCRs) will be used to advance USAID’s WEE programming. The scope of the PPEE will include the same 44 WEE activities evaluated under the WEE Mid-term PPE. The PPEE is a global, portfolio-level evaluation that will provide high-level FCRs that are representative of results across the portfolio and will not include specific activity-level FCRs.

W-GDP/WEE Pillars:
  • Pillar 1: Women Prospering in the Workforce: Advancing women in the workforce by improving access to quality vocational and skills training, enabling women to secure jobs in their local economies.
  • Pillar 2: Women Succeeding as Entrepreneurs: Increasing women’s access to capital, markets, networks, and mentorship to aid women in establishing and growing their businesses.
  • Pillar 3: Women Enabled in the Economy: Removing restrictive legal, regulatory, and cultural barriers to facilitate women’s meaningful participation in the economy.

Additionally, under Pillar 3, W-GDP focused on five foundational areas of legal reform:

  1. Accessing Institutions: Lifting restrictions on women’s authority to sign legal documents, such as contracts and court documents, and addressing unequal access to courts and administrative bodies for women, whether officially or through lack of proper enforcement.
  2. Building Credit: Ensuring women’s equal access to credit and capital to start and grow their businesses and prohibiting discrimination in access to credit based on sex or marital status.
  3. Owning and Managing Property: Lifting restrictions on women possessing and managing property, including limitations on inheritance and the ability to transfer, purchase, or lease property.
  4. Traveling Freely: Addressing constraints on women’s freedom of movement, including restrictions on obtaining passports based on sex.
  5. Removing Restrictions on Employment: Eliminating barriers that limit women’s working hours, occupations, or tasks based on sex.

The approach to the WEE PPEE is based on a mixed-methods design that incorporates both primary and secondary data sources and quantitative and qualitative data collection. The strength of this approach lies in the ability to triangulate the pre-existing data on WEE activities with insights gained from key USAID stakeholders, implementing partner staff, key partners, and participants. This design does not anticipate the use of control groups or statistically representative samples. However, the PPEE design will employ a purposive sampling strategy to engage key stakeholders and to the extent possible participants who can provide information on results and implementation experiences that can allow the ET to draw high-level, representative findings across all three Pillars and as relevant to answer the EQs in a comprehensive manner. The evaluation methodology includes a document review, an online survey, KIIs (with individuals and groups), and case studies.

Proposed Case Study Tasks/Deliverables

The anticipated period of performance for the case study research is August 2022 – February 2023. Please find a list below of the anticipated required tasks and deliverables:

  1. Submission of Draft and Final detailed Data Collection Plan, including detailed sampling plan, schedule, and quality control plan
  2. Joint-facilitation/organization of an in-person/virtual training session for all staff involved in data collection (1-2 days)
  3. Piloting of data collection tools (KII and FGD guides) and short summary report of findings/recommendations (1 day)
  4. Final versions of data collection tools (in English and all translated languages)
  5. Draft and Final versions of any databases used in data collection (in English)
  6. Recordings of interviews (as possible, to be discussed)
  7. Interview and Focus Group Discussion detailed notes (in English)
  8. Summary Notes of all interviews and FGDs, per requested format (in English)
  9. Participation in weekly or bi-weekly 1-hour debriefings with international evaluation team members (to be determined by evaluation team leader) to discuss initial findings and insights/challenges/necessary adjustments to tools or data collection plan
  10. Written and/or verbal input on findings, conclusions and recommendations and other relevant information related to the development of the case study narrative report (as requested by evaluation team leader)
  11. Participation in in-country or remote briefings with USAID staff as required


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