ME&A conducted a combined dual design evaluation examining evaluation efforts since 2012 of the 26 Department of State (DoS) bureaus that use Foreign Assistance (FA) funds. The meta-evaluation, taking place from October 2017 through April 2018, assessed the quality of completed evaluations through an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses based on evaluation report content. The performance evaluation assessed the extent to which evaluation findings and recommendations are used, whether bureaus are meeting Evaluation Policy requirements and using available evaluation tools, and where the U.S. Office of Foreign Assistance Resources (F) should direct its assistance to bureaus moving forward.
For the meta-evaluation, the evaluation team (ET) analyzed a sample of 72 evaluation reports. Key conclusions were as follows:
For the performance evaluation, the ET administered an online survey to DoS evaluation staff answered by 66 persons. The survey was followed by 28 key informant interviews and two focus group discussions. Key conclusions were as follows:
ME&A is prime contractor to the U.S. Department of State on two Performance Management and Evaluation Services Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to provide monitoring and evaluation services to regional, functional, and management bureaus at headquarters and overseas. The ME&A contracts cover two Functional Areas: Civilian Security, Rights and Stability, and Management Platform.