We work with our clients not only in project formulation but also all the way to the evaluation phase and if need be further along.  That is why we are the number one in project formulation and evaluation research and consultancy services in Ethiopia. This is one of the indicators of the maturity of a research and consultancy firm. Our clients trust us, so much so that they lean on us from the inception to the evaluation phase of the projects they undertake. Below are a few examples of our vast experience in this particular area:
  • 1. Support UNICEF and MoLSA in Annual Social Protection Sector Review and Development of Costed Social Protection Action Plans for Five Regions and Two City Administrations (Addis Ababa, Afar, Benishangul, Dire Dewa, Gambella, Harari and Somali) for UNICEF Ethiopia:

    The purpose of the consultancy assignment is in two-fold. The first component of the assignment is to review the implementation of the Annual Social Protection Sector Plans for the four regions of Ethiopia (Tigray, Oromiya, SNNPR, and Amhara). In the second component of the assignment, the primary task will be the preparation of costed social protection action plans for the remaining five regions and two city administrations (Addis Ababa, Afar, Benishangul, Dire Dewa, Gambella, Harari, and Somali).

  • 2. Revision of Strategic Plan for Community Care Structures and Developing Guidelines with Action Plans for Strengthening CCS in Line with National Social Protection Policy, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA).

    The objectives of this work package were: to conduct situational analysis on community care structures in five regions; revision of the Draft Framework for Community Care Structures; develop Implementation Guideline for CCCs, and develop a capacity-strengthening action plan for CCCs. This assignment involved a holistic view of CCCs program, looking at each essential element. Thus the study looked at the different programs run by community care structures, including: cash transfer, Social Insurance system and promotion, accessibility of fair and quality healthcare, education and social welfare services, legal protection and support for citizens exposed to violence and oppression, public work programs, and safety net and other programmes.

  • 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. End-Term Evaluation of Shebedino Food Security Project of Shebedino Program Unit in SNNPR”, Plan International.

    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 planned 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.

  • 5. A Baseline Study on the Implementation of the Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

    The overall objective of the assignment was to produce results that will be used to measure changes among the target beneficiaries and the attribution of changes to the project interventions in the pastoral and agro-pastoral areas in the four regional states. The specific objectives included: identifying benchmark information for the national, regional, and woreda level project indicators as outlined in the project logical framework, disaggregated by gender where appropriate, to measure project achievements and impact; and identifying and proposing additional indicators and define their corresponding benchmark for those project outputs/interventions missing in the project logical framework.

  • 6. Baseline Assessment Survey as a Benchmark as well as Conducting Project Evaluation after a year for Phase II PVSD Project in Afar, SNNP, Somali, Oromia, and Tigray Regions, UNICEF Ethiopia.

    Major objectives of the evaluation were to establish baseline, end-line, and to measure/evaluate the changes due to the PVSD project at the end of the project period. Thus, our company was responsible for: conducting baseline and end-line assessment on PVSD’s contribution on routine immunization and planned supplementary immunization and outbreak responses; utilizing expert in research and statistics to ensure that data is collected in a statistically valid manner; consulting with UNICEF/MBGF, FMOH, WHO and other technical partners on methodology and questionnaire design; and providing supervision to the data collectors to ensure high-quality implementation is achieved.

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Mid-Term Evaluation for Basic Services Project (BASES) Under Peace and Development Program (PDP), Save the Children Ethiopia.

    Though the Peace and Development Program have four major areas of emphasis, the major area of emphasis of this particular project was on the support to the delivery of Basic Services Project (BASES) in Somali region, which has been implemented by a conglomerate, including organizations such as: Save the Children International (the leading agency), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Islamic Relief (IR) and Ogaden Welfare and Development Association (OWDA).

  • 9. Preparation of Implementation Completion and Results Report on PCDP II, Pastoralist Community Development Program.

    The objective of this consultancy assignment was to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the design, implementation, and achievements of PCDP II.  Based on this assessment result, an Implementation Completion Result (ICR) Report was prepared by Frontier i consult.  This report followed the standard format for the preparation of the ICR, and an optimum effort was exerted on the part of the consultant to produce a high-quality report.  The report presented proper rating on the success and shortfalls of the project and drew lessons for future development support, including PCDP III, with the aim of ensuring better and sustainable impact.

  • 10. 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.

  • 11. Provision of Project Cycle Management Training: Pro Development Network (PDN).

    This course introduced the principal concepts, methods and practical tasks involved in the planning and implementation of development projects. The overall intent was to help anyone who was involved with project work to become knowledgeable and effective in their thinking and actions. The particular emphasis was on successful project implementation.

  • 12. Baseline Study for the Implementation of Improved Cook Stove and Solar Project in Tigray and SNNP Regional States, German Development Cooperation (GIZ).

    The objective of the assignment is to undertake baseline survey to collect data regarding the current status of using modern energy with a focus on improved cook stoves (ICS) and solar energy in the regions of Tigray and SNNP. The outcome of the survey will be designed to adjust with indicators detailed in the project log frame.

  • 13. Endline survey for “Sustainable development of the Gambella and Rift Valley Landscapes” Project, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network (HoA-REC&N).

    The main purposes of the final evaluation are two folds. First, carried out a comprehensive terminal evaluation of the project and draw lessons. Second, investigated the internal and organizational capacity of the HoA-REC&N in the implementation of Sustainable Development of the Gambella and Rift Valley Landscapes project.