Evaluation of Western Hemisphere Regional Migration Capacity Building Program for State Department – ME&A
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Evaluation of Western Hemisphere Regional Migration Capacity Building Program for State Department

Project Snapshot

CLIENT: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

COUNTRIES: Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, and The Bahamas

PRACTICE AREA: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

TIME PERIOD: 2023-2024

ME&A conducts evaluations and assessments in more than 50 countries

Overview

ME&A is evaluating the effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and relevance of migration programming in the Western Hemisphere under a U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) task order. The evaluation is examining the work of the PRM-funded Western Hemisphere Regional Migration Capacity Building Program (WHP).

Forced displacement and irregular migration in the Western Hemisphere has reached historic highs as the trek between the United States and Mexico remains one of the most dangerous land migration routes in the world. Conflict, violence, persecution, human rights violations and abuses, economic hardship, natural disasters, and climate change push people to undertake often dangerous journeys in search of safety and better opportunities. Within this context, PRM funds WHP to strengthen the ability of governments and communities in Central America to manage safe, orderly, and humane migration.

Activities

Under the 10-month task order, ME&A is conducting a mid-term evaluation of WHP to identify areas of effectiveness and areas for improvement. The countries included in the evaluation are Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, and The Bahamas. ME&A’s evaluation uses a mixed method design involving a desk review and both qualitative and quantitative field research to answer four questions:

  • To what extent has WHP meaningfully strengthened the ability and capacity of governments to manage humane and ethical migration?
  • What improvements can be made to oversight, operations, resource allocation, and management structures?
  • To what extent are observed gains achieved by WHP likely to be sustained beyond the life of this project?
  • To what extent are WHP interventions appropriately designed and targeted to achieve U.S. government priorities on promoting safe, orderly, and humane migration management in the region?

PRM, the humanitarian bureau of the State Department, promotes U.S. interests by providing protection, easing suffering, and resolving the plight of persecuted and forcibly displaced people around the world.

Funding

The evaluation is a task order under a U.S. Department of State Performance Management and Evaluation Services Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide monitoring and evaluation services to regional, functional, and management bureaus at headquarters and overseas. ME&A is the prime contractor on two U.S. Department of State IDIQs covering two Functional Areas: Civilian Security, Rights and Stability, and Management Platform.