With the widespread implementation capacity problems not only in Ethiopia but also across the continent, monitoring and evaluation happen to be one of the key areas in undertaking any project in Africa. Frontier i consult helped governmental, nongovernmental, bilateral and multilateral organizations appropriately put their projects and policies into practice through its meticulous monitoring and evaluation services. Going through the list of projects we carried out over the years, you could get an impression of our unsurpassed services, which are results of the profound devotion and seamless intellect of our experts and partners;
  • 1. Impact Evaluation of PSNP and CBHI Linkages: Qualitative Component of a Longitudinal Study to Assess the Impacts of PSNP and CBHI Linkages on Client Households:

    The major purpose of this consultancy service is to collect qualitative data in three waves of longitudinal study to assess the impacts of PSNP and CBHI linkages on client households at Amhara regional state. Three rounds of qualitative data collection will take place at baseline, midline and end line. Frontier i consult in partnership with the UNICIEF’s Office of Research (OoR) design and implement the qualitative data collection of the impact evaluation. Frontier i consult is required to lead the overall data collection process, including preparation of field manuals for interviewers and supervisors, obtaining ethical approval, design and implement all data collection plans for three round that contain recruitment and training of enumerators, procurements of logistics and supplies, conducting pilot testing, transcription and translation of interview, responding to the queries of data collection errors and preparation of field work report. In addition, as presented in the ToR, the consulting firm will provide support service for OoR in designing data collection instruments, analysis, interpretation of the results, and dissemination workshop. The qualitative data collection will consist of a sub-sample of quantitative evaluation sample. As indicated in the ToR, the overall evaluation comprises 2 woredas as treatment and 2 woredas as comparison group. Then the qualitative sample, in collaboration with OoR, will be purposively selected from the 2 treatment districts. The data collection methods, as suggested in the ToR, include in-depth interview, key informant interview and structured observation. The sample contains three groups, i.e. same 30 beneficiaries for the in-depth interview per wave; 7-12 key informant interview with key experts and officials; interview with 15 household heads and 15 females of ages 12-24 year in same household to examine dynamics around early marriage.

  • 2. Impact Evaluation of PSNP and CBHI Linkages: Quantitative Component of a Longitudinal Study to Assess the Impacts of PSNP and CBHI Linkages on Client Households:

    The objective of this impact evaluation is to examine the potential impact of an integrated implementation of the PSNP and CBHI, aiming at providing access for PSNP clients to CBHI premium wavier as well as fostering a harmonized approach towards targeting and general program implementation. The scope of the assignment are to perform and implement the following tasks essential to ensure quality data collection activities: Collect high quality data on the household wellbeing in terms of knowledge and up taking services, CBHI enrollment, productivity, Review of survey questionnaire, translation into local languages; preparation training manual and training provision; ethical and government clearance; programming questionnaires; piloting and pre-testing the questionnaire; recruitment of field staffs; conducting household listing and selection; implement and manage field data collection, and participate in data analysis, interpretation  and report writings.

  • 3. Participatory Small-Scale Irrigation Development Program (PASIDP) Impact Assessment Report and Project Completion Report (PCR), Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

    The study was mainly aimed at investigating how the existing PASIDP schemes/interventions have contributed to the social, economic and cultural context of drought-prone rural population; analyzing and evaluating efficiency of the project intervention in terms of cost-effectiveness and value for money; analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of project intervention in terms of project management, coordination and supervision at different levels, fiduciary management, capacity building, institutional arrangement and communication network etc., exercised by the project. The study took three months and covered 1720 households in targeted areas.

  • 4. Household, Community and Facility Survey: Impact Evaluation of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program in Ethiopia:

    The study is mainly a program impact evaluation that aimed at providing credible gender specific estimates of effects of the rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene interventions on beneficiary communities and households and assess if interventions work as expected, by how much and what factors explain findings on effects. As part of the impact evaluation design, this survey is planned to collect primary data from beneficiary and non-beneficiary communities/households.

  • 5. End Term Evaluation of Shebedino Food Security Project of Shebedino Program Unit in SNNPR:

    The evaluation Project objective was to ascertain whether or not the project achieved its objectives in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of the plan’s program. The plan program had the following objectives: (1) increasing food production (through improved crop and livestock production); (2) improving household cash income (including women’s incomes); (3) improving nutrition for all household members (children in particular); and (4) enhancing the capacity of stakeholders particularly the capacity of local government line offices. The evaluation approach started by assessing the components of the log frame analysis then collected qualitative data to assess whether the stated objectives were met and assessed the overall project based on the five evaluation criteria. The Firm successfully completed the evaluation assignment and the final report was approved by the client.

  • 6. Preparation of Implementation Completion and Results report On PCDP II:

    The objectives of this consultancy assignment are to conduct a comprehensive assessment on the design, implementation and achievements of PCDP II.  Bases on this assessment we shall prepare an Implementation Completion Result (ICR) Report.  This report will follow standard format for the preparation of the ICR and an optimum effort will be excreted on the part of the consultant to produce a high quality report.  The report is expected to present proper rating on the success and shortfalls of the project and draw lessons for future development support, including PCDP III, with the aim of ensuring better and sustainable impact.

  • 7. Endline survey of participatory Radio Initiatives on Potassium Fertilizer and Aybar-bbm (Sintiku Aybar):

    The main objective of the survey was to establish a baseline account of the current state of knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to Aybar BBM and potassium fertilizer, and of the radio listening behaviors and preferences of the target populations. The survey also aimed to achieve the following specific objectives: 1) to provide information on access to radio and mobile phones, as well as farmers’ radio listening behavior and preferences, 2) to generate information on gaps related to knowledge, attitude, and practice of Sintiku Aybar BBM and potassium fertilizer, and 3) to identify areas that deserved special attention in the PRCs.

  • 8. A System of Spot checks for the Govermnt of Ethioipias Rural Safety Net in Afar and Somalia:

    The general objective of the Spot-Checks assignment is to provide regular and timely feedback to the Government of Ethiopia and stakeholders of the rural safety net on the extent to which programme implementation in Afar and Somali regions is improving and is complying with agreed programme procedures. Access to this information will enable the Government and other stakeholders to develop mitigating actions, target capacity building support and make any necessary adjustments to program design.  The following specific objectives are derived from the general objective:

    • To assess the extent to which actual implementation of rural safety net in Afar and Somali regions complies with agreed upon program guidelines and whether program implementation and compliance with program procedures are improving over time;
    • To identify and assess the main constraints and challenges associated with the implementation of the program in the two study regions; and
    • Based on the findings of the study, to identify lessons learned and provide concrete or actionable recommendations which can be used as feed-back to improve program design and implementation in the two study regions.
  • 9. End line survey for “Impact Evaluation of Integrated Nutrition-Social Cash Transfer Pilot Program (IN-SCI) Under the PSNP in Oromia and SNNP Regions for IFPR:

    The general objective of this assignment is to conduct an impact evaluation of UNICEF’s Social Cash Transfer Project in Oromia and SNNP Regions in Ethiopia from 2015-2018.  This evaluation study will measure the impact of the SCT project on household food security, child nutrition and related outcomes and will also measure the quality of implementation of the project.  The evaluation includes a quantitative component based on a baseline and end line household survey, led by IFPRI, and a qualitative component, led by IDS. The goal of the quantitative evaluation is to measure causal program impacts as differences in outcomes between the beneficiaries and their counterfactual, a proxy for what outcomes would have been for this group had they not received the program. Our responsibly in this assignment was to support IFPRI in conducting the quantitative evaluation of the SCT pilot program in Oromia and SNNP regions.

  • 10. Evaluation of a Capacity Building Project in Remote Zones in SNNPR with Teams of NUNV Experts, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The major objective of the study was to evaluate whether the deployment of National United Nation Volunteers (NUNVs) in the 3 remote zones and one special woreda of SNNPR had brought positive change in the management of the programs by zone and woreda Government teams and their capacity to deliver services to the end-users.

  • 11. Outcome Evaluation of Community Led Total Sanitation and Hygiene (CLTSH) In Ethiopia from 2012-2015, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The objective of the study was to review lessons learned from the implementation of the UNICEF and WSSCC supported CLTSH programs and use them to influence the approach to rural sanitation in the future UNICEF CPD and HSDP-V. The scope of the program evaluation, with a focus on CLTSH only, included examining its application in agrarian communities under the WSSCC program and agrarian and pastoralist communities under the UNICEF programme. The outcome evaluation was undertaken in both the 86 UNICEF learning Woredas (in Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Tigray) and the 40 WSSCC-GSF supported Woredas (in Somali, Afar, BenshengulGumuiz and Gambella).

  • 12. Evaluation of School Improvement and Planning and Implementation and the flow and Utilization of School Grant;

    Client: The World Bank Group,

    Reference: gwoldetsadik@worldbank.org

    The main objectives of this study was to assist the government in improving school grant program to ensure the efficient and appropriate use of relevant financial resources and to ensure the effectiveness of school improvement planning at school level . Specifically, it aims to conduct the Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) and Quantitative Service Delivery Survey (QSDS) and provide analytics on identification of the main issues in resource allocation and spending systems and how the government can improve these systems to strengthen the efficiency and quality of education service delivery, and support efficient participation of PTAS and other stakeholders in school planning process and use of evidence based information for the 3 year strategic and annual plans.

  • 13. General Education Quality Improvement Program II (GEQIP II) Comprehensive Evaluation (Exit Evaluation);

    Client: Ministry of Education,

    Reference: shewalemm@yahoo.com, +251-011-1565558

    The main objectives of  this study was to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of GEQIP II to assess its contribution to the improvement of Ethiopia’s General Education Quality and results. In this line the study is expected to generate evidence of the program’s results and impacts in improving learning conditions and strengthening capacity of education management at all levels. The specific objectives of the study are: (i) to evaluate the extent to which the key GEQIP II related inputs have influenced processes and led to improved student outcomes; and (ii) to assess how key stakeholders view the relevance, effectiveness and impact of the sequencing and mix of key inputs, and to use this information, to adjust the (next phase of) program over time. The study will cover all aspects of GEQIP II, including: assessment of higher-level PDO indicators; progress toward GEQIP II PDO achievement through tracking of PDO indicators; progress of each component through tracking of outputs by components; and degree of integration of cross-cutting themes into GEQIP II implementation. The firms also understand that the study at hand will be conducted from federal level to regional level including MOE Directorates, Universities covered by the project, Regional Education Bureaus, Colleges of Teachers Education, woredas, and schools.

  • 14. Formative Evaluation of the Implementation of Primary and Secondary School Curricula in Ethiopia;

    Client: Ministry of Education,

    Reference: Mr. Tadesse Meresa, Tel: +251-11-155-3133, PO Box 1367, A.A, Ethiopia

    The general objective of this study is to explore the challenges and achievements in the implementation of primary and secondary school curricular materials and to indicate important intervention strategies.

  • 15. School Grant Annual Review 2010/2011- Ministry of Education;

    Client: Ministry of Education/ UNDP

    Reference: Dr. Chris Berry, C- Berry@dfid.gov.ukWendesenHailu, wendedear@yahoo.com, +251 116 18 06 01

    A Project commissioned by FDRE Ministry of Education and funded by UNDP titled “School Grant Rapid Assessment-2009” was intended to review and conduct a SLOT analysis on the disbursement and utilization of School Grant Fund at federal, regional, Woreda and school level (ABE Centers and Primary and Secondary Schools) in Ethiopia. For this survey data was collected from all regions of Ethiopia. The study employed a combination of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques. More specifically, the study made use of document investigations, key informant interview, and school surveys. Opinion survey was also part of the Study. The Firm has successfully completed the rapid assessment and submitted the final approved version of the report by the client on the agreed time frame of the project.

  • 16. Overall Data Quality Assessment of the Education sector.

    Client: Central Statistical Agency(CSA)

    Reference: Mr. Esayas Muleta, Email:esayasmuleta@gmail.com, Tel: +251 911733295

    The purpose of this assessment is to undertake over all data quality assessment of education sector to verify the quality of data produced and the specific objectives are: Assess the output data quality Verify the methodological soundness and reporting burden of the process Verify whether the institutional environment are in place Develop recommendations for the sector based on the output of the assessment.

  • 17. Rapid Assessment of School Grant Program (SGP-2009).

    Client: Ministry of Education/ UNDP

    Reference: : Dr. Chris Berry, C- Berry@dfid.gov.ukWendesenHailu,+251 116 18 06 01

    A project commissioned by FDRE Ministry of Education and funded by UNDP titled: “School Grant Rapid Assessment-2009” was intended to review and conduct a SLOT analysis on the disbursement and utilization of the School Grant Fund at the federal, regional, woreda and school level (ABE Centers and Primary and Secondary Schools) in Ethiopia. For this survey data was collected from all regions of Ethiopia. The study employed a combination of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques. More specifically, the study made use of document investigations, key informant interview and school surveys. Opinion survey was also part of the Study. The firm successfully completed the rapid assessment and submitted the final approved version of the report by the client on the agreed time frame of the project.

  • 18. National Education Facility Survey.

    Client: Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED)

    Reference: Mr. Bereket Kelemu, Tel:+251 913090305, Tel: 0111-570-594,

    The overall objective of this consultancy is to:(i) collect school-based data on service delivery performance at primary schools using the pre-determined survey instrument, (ii) deliver a completed facility survey dataset with supporting documentation, in compliance with the agreed Modules and with the approval of the SDI team, and (iii) conduct basic data analysis. The survey will be conducted in all the regions of Ethiopia.

  • 19. Effectiveness of Financial Transparency and Accountability (FTA) Initiatives and Impact Assessment on Budget Literacy Training (BLT) under Promotion of Basic Service (PBS) Program, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED).

    The main objective of this study was to identify opportunities for demand-side transparency and accountability work and to develop strategies to access these opportunities for potential funders and practitioners. Frontier i consult undertook the assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of FTA initiative,  FTA tools and information dissemination mechanisms and its usefulness at all level, as well as evaluating the impact of BLT on budgeting process and quality service providing  process considering the gender differences in Budget and Service delivery processes.

  • 20. Developing Monitoring and Evaluation System Study for RUFIP II Programme, Development Bank of Ethiopia.

    The overall objectives of the consultancy assignment were to develop the monitoring and evaluation frameworks containing a suitable and functioning program M&E system that draws on information generated at the various level of program implementation, and form different program components and procedures that will be outlined in the program document. We performed an extensive analysis of the RUFIP-I M&E System and have revised various priority areas that weakened the system and consequently offered recommendations (organized according to the areas reviewed in the RUFIP-II Diagnostic) to make the RUFIP-II M&E process more effective and efficient.

  • 21. Evaluation of Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) / Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Monitoring Activity in Ethiopia, UNICEF Ethiopia:

    The main objective of this consultancy assignment is to undertake impact evaluation of CMAM/IYCF monitoring activities taken care of by national firms. The broad objectives of this study can be stipulated as follows: Assess the impacts of the CMAM/IYCF monitors on the strengthening of CMAM program and identify gaps and areas of improvement in the monitoring activities, Recommend on the feasibility to enlarge spectrum of monitoring activities to include support to other nutrition programs, Investigate the impacts of monitoring activities on the strength of the Health System and to recommend sustainable and cost-efficient transition/exit strategy

    The specific objectives are:

    • To assess the performance of the monitors to strength the capacity of health staffs
    • To investigate the contributions of the monitors on the quality of CMAM/IYCF program and outreach activities
    • To assess the efforts of the monitors on the strength of the Health System at the national and regional levels, To show the ways the monitoring system be improved in the light of sustainability and cost-efficiency
  • 22. Information Meetings on the Enhanced Outreach Strategy/ Community Health Days (EOS/ CHD) and Increased Supervision of the Screening Quality in Ethiopia, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The main objective of the project was to improve the quality of nutrition screening data taken by health extension workers during the EOS/CHD by ensuring adequate supervision and information on the EOS/TSF program. This entailed organizing, together with the RHB, a series of information meetings/ training at regional, zonal, and woreda levels on the importance of ensuring high quality of screening and the consequences of not achieving this; conducting spot-check supervisory visits of the EOS/CHD to monitor the quality of the screening, and finally assist the Regional Health Bureaus (RHB) in the preparation of micro plans and cascade training from region to woreda. The assignment covered all EOS/ CHD woredas in Ethiopia, from which 30 percent of kebeles each were selected and included in the supervision.

  • 23. Monitor and Implement Strategies to Improve the Quality of the Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition in all Regions of Ethiopia, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The objective of the project was to strengthen the current reporting, supervision, and supplies management systems within the Regional Health Bureaus and to improve the performance of the management of severe acute malnutrition in- an out-patient therapeutic services (OTPs and SCs). The study covered all regions and city administrations in Ethiopia. It was finalized within the time frame and the result was submitted to the client after a validation workshop.

  • 24. End-line Survey of the Project for Improving Maternal and Child Nutrition Status (COBANA) in Oromia Region, JICA.

    The main objective of the project was to reduce malnutrition among children under five and pregnant/lactating women in the target areas. More specifically, the project’s main objectives included: enhancing capacity at Regional, Zonal and Woreda  levels to strengthen community-based nutrition service delivery, and enhancing community participation to prevent malnutrition of children and pregnant/lactating women.

  • 25. Final Evaluation of Phase II Passive Vaccine Storage Devices (PVSD) Project in Ethiopia for UNICEF Ethiopia:

    The core objective of this study is to assess the effectiveness of the PVSD project in improving immunization service provision and coverage. The projects effectiveness will be examined based on these expected outcomes:

    • Improvement in immunization supply chain; vaccines and cold chain status
    • Changes in immunization service coverage and dropout rates
    • generate key lessons and identify promising practices
  • 26. End line survey of participatory Radio Initiatives on Potassium Fertilizer and Aybar-BBM (SintikuAybar), Farm Radio International.

    The baseline survey for Aybar BBM was conducted in Amhara and Oromia regions. The survey covered the twelve woredas that were targeted by SSTP.  On the other hand, the baseline survey for potassium fertilizer was conducted in seven woredas of Amhara region and 10 woredas of Tigray region.  Moreover, the baseline study was conducted using a cross-sectional survey study design that employed quantitative approaches. The study employed a two-stage cluster sampling with stratification by gender. The main objective of the survey was to establish a baseline account of the current state of knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to Aybar BBM and potassium fertilizer, and of the radio listening behaviors and preferences of the target populations. The survey also aimed to achieve the following specific objectives: 1) to provide information on access to radio and mobile phones, as well as farmers’ radio listening behavior and preferences, 2) to generate information on gaps related to knowledge, attitude, and practice of SintikuAybar BBM and potassium fertilizer, and 3) to identify areas that deserved special attention in the PRCs.

  • 27. Conduct the Yegna Audience Market Research Survey across Addis Ababa and Amhara regions in Ethiopia, Girls Effect.

    The main objective of the survey is to obtain a better understanding of the media and brand landscape, barriers to media access, and media consumption habits as well as the awareness, perceptions of and engagement of target audiences with the Yegna brand and its products.

  • 28. Evaluation of the UNICEF/MOWCYA Adolescent/Youth Development Program, (2007 – 2011), UNICEF Ethiopia.

    The main purpose of this evaluation project was to assess the overall impact, effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability of the ‘UNICEF-Ethiopian Adolescent/Youth Development Program (2007-2011) so as to provide UNICEF and the Government of Ethiopia-MOWCYA and forward appropriate policy directions and tools for further strengthening the program. To best achieve the evaluation work, a collection of high-quality data was given priority. In line with this, the study team gave due emphasis to methodological rigors and close expert supervision during data collection, processing, and write-up. Data were collected via a structured questionnaire at the household level, through mediators in a focus group discussion and checklist for in-depth interviews with key informants.  The evaluation was conducted in the Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, SNNPR, Afar, Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa regions and city administrations.