Monitoring & Evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is an essential feature of international development. ATR uses rigorous and comprehensive systems to monitor project implementation and evaluate immediate and long-term impact during and following the completion of project cycles.

Examples of Past Projects:

Global Polio Eradication Initiative — Third-Party Monitoring

ATR supports UNICEF’s polio eradication efforts through independent Third-Party Monitoring, providing UNICEF with triangulated and validated field-level information and identifying critical program performance issues, thereby allowing UNICEF to make informed programmatic decisions and adjustments.

Maternal and Child Health Handbook — Pilot Program Evaluation

ATR evaluated the impact of using a single vaccination handbook rather than separate documents for each vaccination as part of UNICEF’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) handbook program. The results of ATR’s mixed-methods evaluation were positive and led to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health’s decision to implement the vaccination handbook at the national level.

Girls Can Code — Program Evaluation

The “Girls Can Code!” program is a Womanity Foundation project aimed at teaching web development to 11th and 12th grade girls. ATR assessed the potential of the program to address the needs of the labor market and provide access to employment for females in Afghanistan, providing recommendations for future replication of the project. ATR’s evaluation of the program featured a review of the course materials, a phone survey and focus group discussions with students, and in-depth interviews with potential employers.

Afghan Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Project — Third-Party Monitoring

ATR conducted a survey of 485 wells installed in 13 provinces under the USAID-funded WATSAN project. The purpose of the project was to assess the quality of the wells installed and the engagement of target groups under this project and to verify existing data.

Education Support Program — Construction Monitoring

ATR verified the quality of construction of 14 schools funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Afghan Ministry of Education. ATR also followed up on an earlier report on school construction for the program to ensure that previously identified problems had been resolved.

Rural Access Improvement Project (RAIP) — Impact Evaluation

ATR assessed the extent to which road infrastructure and small-scale rural livelihood projects for women in four provinces in northern Afghanistan resulted in meaningful changes in socioeconomic conditions for people in those provinces. ATR conducted the impact evaluation through a series of interviews, focus group discussions and a 1,600 respondent survey with control and treatment households to identify interventions with the greatest socioeconomic impact and inform policymaking and programming based on rigorously collected evidence.

Rule of Law Portfolio — Impact Evaluation

ATR evaluated the impact of six of USIP’s rule of law projects on the relationship between the formal and traditional justice sectors in Afghanistan, the quality of governance and level of accountability in the formal justice sector, the level of engagement in the Islamic legal community and the level of support for civil society in dispute resolution and access to justice. ATR conducted 14 focus group discussions and 92 key informant interviews with direct and indirect project beneficiaries as well as project stakeholders, including formal and informal justice sector actors and project implementers.