USAID awarded the Feed the Future Global Program Evaluation for Effectiveness and Learning (PEEL) task order contract to ME&A in 2016. Joining ME&A as subcontractors in support of this comprehensive, five-year, $38-million contract are ICF International, NORC at the University of Chicago, and Abt Associates. ME&A’s PEEL project team is based in Washington, D.C.
USAID’s Feed the Future initiative aims to address the root causes of global hunger and food security through focused activities in 12 Feed the Future target countries. To effectively evaluate the activities, PEEL is able to apply population-based surveys, performance and impact evaluations, and qualitative and quantitative methodologies and tools. PEEL staff and consultants provide expertise in designing, planning, and implementing the population-based surveys and the mid-term and final evaluations. PEEL contributions include population and sample designs, supervisor training, enumerators for data collection, expert data analysis, and professional presentations of findings.
To date, PEEL has conducted 18 performance evaluations in 31 countries. These studies provide evidence to USAID on whether or not targeted outcomes in support of Feed the Future objectives are being met, what impacts they have, and whether their approaches are cost-effective. PEEL’s work in monitoring and evaluating programs gives Feed the Future a clearer picture of how beneficiaries perceive activities and provides a deeper understanding of activities implementation and how they perform in the country context. The benefits of PEEL’s work don’t stop with USAID, however. PEEL contributes to building the capacity of host country institutions, missions, and USAID implementing partners.
Copies of PEEL evaluations can be found in the USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse.