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Helping USAID’s E3 Bureau make Evidence-based Decisions

View our interactive page demonstrating how we work with USAID to foster collaborative learning and account for results

We lead the E3 Analytics and Evaluation project to provide rigorous impact and performance evaluations, meta-analyses, a range of project design activities (e.g., literature reviews and pre-project assessments), scaling-up support, and training and dissemination.

We also help USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) deliver high-quality studies to relevant technical offices and missions, and help other bureaus strengthen their ability to make evidence-based decisions, foster collaborative learning and account for results achieved with USAID funds. Visit the E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project’s interactive website to learn about how our nearly 100 activities are delivering critical results and lessons learned for Agency staff.

We have:

  • Initiated more than 90 evaluation, research and dissemination tasks, spanning all E3 sectors;
  • Fielded teams in over 40 countries;
  • Managed an average of 30 ongoing activities over the past two years
  • On-boarded and managed over 300 consultants and dozens of home office staff across three implementing partners;
  • Designed and implemented 14 analytic studies involving multi-country data collection; and
  • Carried out two dozen U.S.-based activities requiring close coordination with USAID/Washington.

Some of the most important and well-utilized studies that we completed for the project include:

  • Two rounds of the E3 Sectoral Synthesis of Evaluation Findings, which reviewed the quality of evaluation reports across all E3 sectors and extracted technical lessons across E3 sectors.
  • The performance evaluation of SERVIR, a joint USAID-NASA initiative that provides satellite-based Earth observation data and science applications to assist developing nations improve disaster risk reduction and decision-making. MSI’s evaluation team utilized innovative evaluation methods across eight countries to examine the use of and results from the SERVIR science applications.
  • An assessment of capacity development activities to examine results, best practices and lessons the E3 Bureau can apply to future capacity development efforts. USAID disseminated key findings of this study across the Agency, calling it “a major assessment of capacity development activities of all technical offices in the E3 Bureau that sheds light on capacity building activities.” 
  • A study of scaling up of agricultural innovations through commercial pathways, which included fieldwork in four countries and led to the MSI team developing a scalability assessment tool for the Bureau for Food Security to examine scalability across its $1 billion of research investments.
  • Using a consultative approach to help the E3 Education Office develop a methodology for measuring progress towards Goal 1 of USAID’s education strategy: 100 million improved readers. MSI then applied this methodology to help track Agency progress towards Goal 1 and produce dozens of Oral Reading Progress briefs summarizing ongoing achievements of education activities.