Current and Previous Associate Awards

Photo by Shelia Jackson

Sahel Resilience Workshop in Niger. Photo: Shelia Jackson, CORE Group, 2014.

Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment, Strategic Analysis, and Capacity Building

TANGO International, Mercy Corps, Core Group, Food for the Hungry, 2016-2021

1) Capacity building to close critical gaps in resilience design, program monitoring and evaluation; 2) Reviewing local contact and providing targeted technical assistance in response through an assessment to inform future resilience programming; 3) Strengthening food security networks for enhanced collaboration, coordination and information sharing through learning events, presentations, technical meetings, and “emergent measurement thought leadership”; 4) Field testing new and adapted methods, tools, and approaches via FTF impact evaluations.


Asian Resilience Measurement & Monitoring Experiential Learning Event (ARMMELE)

TANGO International, 2016

The purpose of this activity was to advance resilience measurement practices in rural and urban environments by providing a hands-on learning opportunity for select USAID staff and implementing partners to assess resilience capacities, develop resilience indices and indicators, and apply recurrent monitoring techniques. Two workshops were held to achieve these objectives, in Siem Reap, Cambodia from April 18-22, 2016 and in Manila and Batangas, Philippines from June 6-10, 2016.


Review of Cash-based Emergency Food Assistance Program

TANGO International, 2016-2017

This award aims to gather evidence to inform USAID Food for Peace’s determination of modalities and to identify best practices and lessons learned using an array of methodologies including primary data collection to identify major trends and secondary data review to evaluate cost efficiency and rationale for selecting modalities. Given that EFSP funding and several of its modalities were new tools to FFP and its partners, it is critical to understand the evolution and how these were implemented in the field and what, if any, were the key take-aways. Furthermore, this evolution has occurred in parallel to the expanding prominence of Cash Transfer Programming on the global humanitarian stage. This body of work will, therefore, contribute to both improving internal technical competency and to the larger community of practice.


Baseline Study for Enhancing Resilience and Economic Growth in Somalia Program

TANGO International (with Save the Children), 2015-2016

The purpose of the Baseline was to identify and measure key indicators of household and community resilience for comparison at end-line, to explore and test relationships across indicators to develop context-specific indices and to contribute to better understanding and future programming strategies on resilience.


Advanced Resilience M&E Training for Field Practitioners (ARMET)

TANGO International, 2015-2016

The objective of this training, built upon the Humanitarian to Development Resilience Collaboration Training (HADA) Training held in Senegal in February 2015, is to ensure that key Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced (RISE) M&E stakeholders, including participants from USAID/Senegal, Food for Peace, U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, as well as staff based in the field offices of USAID/Niger and USAID/Burkina Faso, RISE implementing partners, and relevant staff from the governments of Niger and Burkina Faso (3N and Burkina Permanent Secretariat of the Coordination of Sectorial Agricultural Policies M&E staffs) have a common understanding of key resilience M&E aspects, and the necessary skills to better carry out resilience monitoring and evaluation activities at field level in the RISE zone of intervention. The activity took place in Ouagadougou in June 2016.


Rapid Exploratory Study to Identify Shocks and Stressors and to Contextualize Resilience Indicators for Nepal

TANGO International, 2015

The Rapid Exploratory Study undertook targeted research to identify shocks and stressors and contextualized resilience indicators for Nepal. The objectives were to: 1) identify the shocks and stressors that have the greatest impact on the food security and well-being of most vulnerable individuals, households and communities and/or occur with the greatest frequency; 2) identify the capacities critical to absorb and adapt to the impact of shocks and stressors and fill critical gaps in the existing knowledge on resilience along three dimensions: absorptive, adaptive, and transformative capacities; 3) determine the minimum set of indicators needed to develop absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity indices that will be integrated into the baseline and final evaluation studies of PAHAL and SABAL, and; 4) develop questions that will allow for these indicators and indices to be collected and calculated. The activity was disrupted by the major earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015.


Humanitarian to Development Resilience Collaboration Training (HADA)

TANGO International, 2014-2015

The purpose of the HADA Training was to ensure that USAID’s field staff is prepared to assess, plan, and implement effectively to achieve humanitarian and development integration. A workshop was held February 2-6, 2015 in Dakar, Senegal to promote understanding of the processes involved in joint assessment, program planning, design and implementation of crisis modifiers, and collaborative learning. The workshop was organized into five sessions: 1) Joint programming and comprehensive assessments; 2) Integrated program planning including discussion on theory of change and baseline evaluations; 3) Program implementation when crises hit, the importance of crisis modifiers, and joint shock monitoring; 4) Collaborative learning and adapting including knowledge management strategies; 5) Transition strategies and RISE action planning.


Sahel Resilience Workshop

CORE Group, 2014

USAID’s Sahel Regional Office in Dakar hosted a five-day workshop from March 17-21, 2014 in Niamey, Niger. The first three days were for USAID and implementing partner staff (NGOs, UN, and local governments), during which time they studied the strategy and results framework, debated questions on implementation approaches, and devised visual representations of what a resilient community looks like. The final two days introduced key external stakeholders to USAID’s new investments for reinforcing resilience, other donor strategies, and the host country government plans to integrate resilience. Furthermore, it also allowed participants to build relationships and improve coordination and collaboration.