USAID/Central Asia Learning from Evaluations and Assessments for Development (LEAD) – ME&A
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USAID/Central Asia Learning from Evaluations and Assessments for Development (LEAD)

Project Snapshot

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development Mission to Central Asia

COUNTRY: Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan

PRACTICE AREAS: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and Cross-Cutting Program Support.


TIME PERIOD: 2018 to 2023

LEAD IDIQ evaluations of USAID projects in Central Asia


The USAID/Central Asia Learning from Evaluations and Assessments for Development (LEAD) Activity is an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract for external/independent special studies in five Central Asian republics: Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.


The contract assists USAID/Central Asia and its partners and stakeholders in generating empirical data as well as fostering a participatory approach to knowledge management and learning to strengthen results and improve evidence-based programming. This, in turn, is expected to promote more effective use of USAID development assistance resources and provide greater transparency. It has three objectives:

  • Conduct various types of special studies required throughout the program cycle
  • Support and/or provide services to the Mission’s staff as well as implementing partners and/or stakeholders to ensure appropriate use of empirical data and evidence to improve programming at all levels
  • Meaningfully engage and strengthen the capacity of USAID/Central Asia, relevant partners/stakeholders, and local organizations and/or individual experts in relation to research, evaluation, and use of empirical data to improve development programming


The five-year USAID IDIQ has an $8 million ceiling.