Jamaica Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Support for Caribbean Basin Security Initiative – ME&A
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Jamaica Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Support for Caribbean Basin Security Initiative

Project Snapshot

CLIENT: U.S. Agency for International Development Mission to Jamaica

COUNTRY: Jamaica

PRACTICE AREAS: Performance Improvement of Local Systems; Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning; and Cross-Cutting Program Support.

SUBCONTRACTOR: Institute of Criminal Justice and Security

TIME PERIOD: 2022 to 2024

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


The USAID-funded Jamaica Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Support for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (JAMEL for the CBSI) Activity is a locally led partnership with the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) Ministry of National Security (MNS). JAMEL staff provide robust monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) tools and local stakeholder capacity building to support the MNS in its use of data and decision support tools for evidence-informed improvements to violence prevention and diversion services to mitigate youth crime and violence. Diana Rutherford  is the chief of party.


JAMEL’s capacity building and technical assistance enhances the services of Jamaican institutions to use evidence-based approaches in the design and implementation of their youth crime and violence prevention activities. JAMEL staff works with USAID/Jamaica implementing partners; local government and NGOs, research centers, and academic institutions; and youth-led organizations and civil society groups working with marginalized youth.

JAMEL’s MEL support services strengthen trust and confidence between citizens, communities, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force; build resilience to the risk factors youth, families, and communities face that make them susceptible to crime and violence; and support justice sector reforms that promote alternatives to the formal justice system, such as dispute resolution and diversion practices.

JAMEL also supports citizen security and violence prevention services in Jamaica.


JAMEL is a $2.3 million, two-year activity USAID/Jamaica awarded ME&A under the under the Policy, Planning, and Learning-Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (PPL-MEL) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ)