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Monitoring & Evaluation

Across disciplines and around the world, ICF helps development organizations and their beneficiaries ensure program accountability, measure impact, and use best practices and insights to improve program effectiveness.

We bring to monitoring and evaluation engagements strong analytical capabilities, tools to gather quality data from remote regions, and experience managing large-scale, complex monitoring and evaluation projects. This full set of competencies gives us the ability to clarify the country and sector context for the issues at hand, use data to make informed decisions, demonstrate value for client investments, and help perpetuate positive outcomes.

Developing Meaningful and Measurable Indicators

ICF works with development agencies and their partners to define objectives they want to achieve, methods to assess these objectives, and activities that will make a difference. Through our monitoring services, we help clients like the World Bank (WB), United Nations (UN), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and U.S. government agencies to determine the efficacy and outcomes of programs dealing with topics as diverse as food security, global health, forced labor, and climate change.

If data already exist on a given subject, we leverage it to our clients' benefit. If new information needs to be obtained, we know the questions to ask, the data sources to use, and the right mix of approaches to employ.

Assessing Performance and Impact

Rigorous impact studies by an independent, experienced partner like ICF are necessary for the confident attribution of observed changes to clients’ interventions. In our extensive international development experience, we have tackled the challenging aspect of experimental design that considers a program’s unique context, changes in key indicators before and after an intervention, and assessment of the program’s implementation process. Aided by ICF colleagues with subject matter expertise in areas such as climate change and public health, our survey specialists design evaluations that accurately assess the effects of programs like the President's Malaria Initiative and the Global Climate Change Initiative. ICF's monitoring and evaluation teams focus on shared knowledge, sustainability, and country ownership.

Facilitating Knowledge Management

As the development community increasingly embraces technology solutions, ICF is well positioned to help organizations use these tools to build their knowledge, exchange insights, and grow stronger. In Mali, for example, ICF developed a system that lets health facilities report monthly aggregated malaria service statistics to community health districts via a mobile phone application.

During each critical step of the program cycle, ICF has developed proven approaches to distill the necessary information for actionable analysis

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ICF's International Development Evaluation Services