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. Baseline Data for the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) Implementation:

    The DRDIP has four major components. The project will be implemented in all four countries (Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, and Uganda) in a modular and sequenced fashion that is focused on mobilization and capacity support for communities and local governments and through an implementation process responsive to community priorities. The communication, social mobilization, and participatory planning process will be complimented by awareness raising and capacity support for communities, community institutions, and local governments as well as capacity enhancement and institutional strengthening, including systems and process development for the implementing agencies. DRDIP addresses the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the presence of refugees in host communities through interlinked technical and investment components.

  • 2. 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.

  • 3. 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.

  • 4. Baseline Study on “Impact Evaluation of Integrated Nutrition-Social Cash Transfer Pilot Program (IN-SCI) Under the PSNP in Oromia and SNNP Regions for IFPR:

    Several key aspects of PSNP design and implementation have been changed in the new cycle. Two of these changes are: Direct Support beneficiaries will receive payments all year round instead of for only half the year – an increase from 6 months to 12 months – and pregnant women will move from Public Works to a new category – ‘temporary Direct Support’. The ‘process’ part of the evaluation will focus on how effectively these changes are being implemented, from the perspective of the officials who are implementing them – Social Workers (SWs), Health Extension Workers (HEWs), Development Agents (Das) – as well as relevant institutions involved – the SCTP Steering Committee, Food Security Task Forces, Community Care Coalitions (Oromia), and Community-based Social Protection Committees (SNNPR). The survey will be implemented in three rounds – baseline survey, follow up survey and End line survey. The study will be conducted in 3900 households in Oromia and SNNP regions. The study will use field test kits including anthroprometric measurements, GPS, CAPI and EA maps.

  • 5. Baseline Data collection on “Strengthen PSNP4 Institutions and Resilience (SPIR) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA)” for IFPRI:

    The SPIR-DFSA baseline Data Collection project launched in sleeted 13 woredas of Amhara and Oromia regions of the country. Since the pre-data collection activities: A total of 196 Kebeles and 3528 Households interviewed. A listing approach was conducted in each Kebele, which was prepared by world Vision. A community and price questionnaire also collected in each study Kebele of both regions in addition to woreda questionnaire filled from respective key Woreda personnel’s.

  • 6. Agricultural Growth Program Survey and Establishing of Baseline Data for Impact Evaluation, Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).

    The objective of this project was to collect baseline data for more than 2,000 households for Agricultural Growth Program in four regions. The collected data was then used to establish a baseline for Impact Evaluation and to derive target value for the following five years. To fulfill the objectives stated above, high-quality data was collected using household level and community level surveys. This data included sustainable land management practices, production, crop input, agri-business activities, access to institutional setups and the like.

  • 7. Baseline Survey for Agricultural Mechanization in Ethiopia, Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA).

    The objective of the baseline survey was to assess farmers’ knowledge, access, and adoption of agricultural mechanization technologies for the Meher and irrigation production. Thus it was aimed to understand choice of effective market for pre and post-harvest machines supply and farmers link with these suppliers, to populate each and every indicator specified within the Agricultural Mechanization Strategy (AMS) and other relevant documents, detail interpretation of collected data and information to the approaches required in improving supply and use of agricultural mechanization in Ethiopia.

  • 8. Baseline Survey for the Project “Support to Early Recovery and Socio-Economic Stability of the Drought Affected Population in Ethiopia”:

    The overall objective of the Project is to foster the social and economic stability as well as recovery of drought affected communities in Afar and Somali Regions. Specifically it aims to strengthen the overall capacity of the local communities to External shocks. The major outcomes of the project intervention that impinges on the impacts are: (i) improved and diversified livelihood opportunities, (ii) increased access to minimum safe water requirements for human and livestock consumption, (iii) ensure effective early warning system and operationalized contingency plans, (iv) improved access to sufficient and safe water, (v) improved access to sufficient and safe water for their livestock, (vi) improved income to meet basic needs and invest in livelihood (vii)  improved retain or restore their core breeding livestock ,(viii) improved cultivable land at least 0.5 ha of land, (ix) improved access to employment both employed or self-employed through decent job, (x) improved entrepreneurship  and or vocational skills, (xi), improved active community based EW/DRR committees and their community action plans integrated with woreda level annual development plans, (xii) improved active/effective diseases surveillance system; (xiii) improved  Kebele EW/DRR committees with annual community action plans, (xiv) improved community action plans that reflect and seek to address the specific risks faced by children (xv) improved the satisfaction of youth (boys and girls) with the work carried on EW/DRR committees. On the basses of these, Frontier i consult contracted by SC to assess the existing senario and record the benchmark for future evalation after project completion.

  • 9. Baseline Study for the Implementation of Improved Cook Stove and Solar Project in Tigray and SNNP Regional States:

    The overall 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.

  • 10. Baseline survey for “Sustainable development of the Gambella and Rift Valley Landscapes” Project:

    The general purpose of the baseline survey is to conduct an assessment survey and produce a benchmark information and assessment report document for the Gambella and Rift Valley-Omo landscapes in connection with the EKN project to measure changes brought about by the project. In line with this, the main objective of this assignment is to carry out a baseline assessment survey and capture the baseline conditions for the output indicators that will help to better understand the current situations of the landscapes, set feasible targets and compare changes in the mid-term and end of the project implementation period.

  • 11. Baseline Survey for Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood Program (DRSLP): Ethiopian Project:

    The purpose of the baseline survey is to assess the existing conditions and issues affecting target communities and beneficiaries and establish benchmark indicators to inform the monitoring and evaluation plan. The result will be used to measure change among the target beneficiaries in the short, medium and long term in Afar and Somali regional States in particular and national context in general. The major objectives of this baseline survey are: (1) to identify benchmarks and indicators by national, regional and woreda levels which is disaggregated on gender and can be used as a point of reference for monitoring and evaluation of the DRSL1 project, and (2) to provide benchmark information for measuring project achievements and impact.

  • 12. Baseline Survey on Current KAP Regarding Peace Building, Social Cohesion and Resilience in Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Somali Regions:

    The purpose of the study is to generate comprehensive KAP baseline information regarding social cohesion and resilience among direct and indirect beneficiaries in the 4 DRSs and 10 Woredas where the PBEA is being implemented. The information will inform PBEA programming in these regions and support implementers to understand and monitor the progress and results of the interventions in the regions.

  • 13. development support, including PCDP III, with the aim of ensuring better and sustainable impact.

  • 14. A Baseline study on the implementation of the Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP):

    The overall objective of the assignment is 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 of the baseline survey are: To identify 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 to identify and propose additional indicators and define their corresponding benchmark for those project outputs/interventions missing in the project logical framework.

  • 15. Baseline Data Collection: USAID/Ethiopia Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) Impact Evaluation (IE), Afar Region:

    This study is intended to collect baseline data for the USAID/Ethiopian Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) Impact Evaluation (IE) Program. This includes a large N probability survey, semi-structured interviews with key informants and community leaders, as well as focus group discussion in Guji and Borena Zones of Oromia Region in Ethiopia. Hence, Frontier i consult has sub-contracted with Cloudburst Consulting Group, a US based consulting firm which contracted with USAID-Ethiopia to conduct the whole assignment, whereby Frontier i consult is engaged to conduct part of the assignment, which is the data collection specifically.

  • 16. Baseline Survey of UNICEF-Supported Basic Education Programme in Ethiopia with an Evaluative Approach.

    Client: UNICEF Ethiopia

    Reference:  Shumeye Molla, smolla@unicef.org, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    The major objective of this study was to carry out a baseline survey with an evaluative approach in order to collect time-series data from 2006-2010. The study analyzed and systematically documented the overall situation of basic education in UNICEF-supported woredas in all regions of Ethiopia. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative methods. The primary data was collected from all regions, sampled woredas and schools using FGDs, interviews of key informants as well as direct field observation. Secondary data was collected from the Ministry of Education, Education Statistics Annual Abstract (2005/06-2009/10), and CSA 2007 census. In addition, the firm prepared the database in dot net program and submitted the data base in CD-ROM format to UNICEF. A manual was embedded into the database package on how to use the data and how to enter latest data into the database. This database comprised 13 education indicators such as NIR, GIR, NER, GER, Dropout Rate, Completion Rate and Repetition Rate for ABE Centers and Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary Schools.

  • 17. Household Survey: Multi-Tier Measurement of Energy Access in Ethiopia, World Bank

    The purpose of the study is to carry out a baseline survey on energy supply and use based on a multi-tier energy framework. Furthermore, it is expected to provide a capacity building training for the Ethiopian Central Statistics Agency (CSA) technical staffs. The baseline survey strives to measure the progress made towards the universal energy access goals. For this reason, the Bank developed an innovative approach known as Multi-tier Framework that is very helpful in monitoring and evaluating energy access and use. It is defined as “the ability to avail energy that is adequate, available when needed, reliable, of good quality, convenient, affordable, legal, healthy and safe for all required energy services across households”. Energy access is measured in the tiered-spectrum, from Tier 0 (no access) to Tier 5 (the highest level of access). Thus the main objective of the framework is to monitor and evaluate energy access by following a multidimensional approach.

    Households are the ultimate sampling units for which the survey questionnaires will be administered. Twelve (12) households will be selected from each sample EA. Out of a total sample of 3522, we allocate 1008 HHs, that is, a minimum of 96 HH per region for each region, except for Addis Ababa, a region which does not have a rural population. The rest of sampled households will be distributed to each region based on their rural and urban population size (PPS). Therefore, the total sample size for this baseline survey will be 4612 households. Based on the 2007 Population and Housing Survey, the Frontier i consult Team, in collaboration with the CSA, will select the specific EAs and sample 12 households using random systematic sampling.

    Frontier i consult was responsible for

    • Inception report writing
    • Training of enumerators and Supervisors
    • Conducting pilot test
    • Conducting debriefing sessions (with fieldworkers)
    • Data collection (in collaboration with survey department)
    • Data quality assurance
    • Report Documentation
    • Conducting validation workshop
  • 18. 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.

  • 19. Baseline Survey for the Project, Improvement of Water Supply and Sanitation in Guraghe Zone, SNNPR, Korean International Cooperative Agency (KOICA).

    The study aimed to measure the impact brought by KOICA integrated water, sanitation and hygiene intervention on the well-being of beneficiaries in two Woredas of Gurage Zone after the implementation of the project. Alongside this, the study was intended to enhance the drawing of new lessons for KOICA project office which will enable the designing of similar projects in Ethiopia and other parts of developing countries. The study would eventually have immense impact on future policies of rural sanitation intervention.

  • 20. Baseline Data Collection: USAID/Ethiopia Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) Impact Evaluation (IE), Cloudburst Consulting Group-USAID-Ethiopia.

    This study was intended to collect baseline data for the USAID/Ethiopian Land Administration to Nurture  Development  (LAND)  Impact Evaluation (IE) Program. This includes doing a large N probability survey, conducting semi-structured interviews with key informants and community leaders, as well as focus group discussion in Guji and Borena Zones of Oromia Region. Hence, Frontier i consult was engaged to conduct part of the assignment, specifically the data collection. Actual services provided by our staff within the assignment included: conducting Focus group discussions for the LAND IE; conducting Large Number of Household Survey using a mobile data collection system; conducting pre-test of the survey and pilot the electronic data collection; conducting structured Village leader survey with local village leaders/key informants using a mobile data collection system; and demonstrating effective multi-sectoral coordination models at selected locations within the target woredas, among other things.

  • 21. 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.

  • 22. Baseline survey of the UNICEF - UNFPA joint programme (JP) phase III on HIV prevention, sexual reproductive health and violence response among most-at-risk adolescents and youth in Ethiopia:

    The objective of baseline survey is to generate benchmark information in which the program implementation basis on to reach and enhance the Knowledge and skills; and to provide services and opportunities for most at-risk adolescents and youths to help them make a successful transition to adulthood ensuring their rights are protected, respected and fulfilled. The technical approach of the baseline survey seeks to address the objectives of the survey that would in turn be in line with thematic areas discussed in the above framework and would be conducted based on the following key approaches. The baseline study covered six regions and one city administration: Afar, Amhara, Gambella, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray regional States and Addis Ababa. Within the selected regions/city administration, 20 hotspot urban woredas were selected. The baseline survey conducted focusing on most vulnerable adolescents and youth aged 10-24 years who are living or working on the streets, adolescents living with HIV, domestic workers, Sex Workers (CSW), Adolescents with disability, seasonal workers, and youths working in or close to enterprises. To show the ways the monitoring system be improved in the light of sustainability and cost-efficiency

  • 23. Consultancy Service for collecting Baseline Data for Urban Areas, Ministry of Urban Development and Construction.

    The overall objective of the study was to collect data on urban and construction industry development sectors to establish baseline for the implementation of Integrated Urban Database Project (IUDP). We prepared an inception report that included the revised methodology, survey instruments, and detailed survey plan, then collected data from all sampled urban centers using a questionnaire, key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The draft and final reports were prepared and submitted as per schedule.

  • 24. Global Value Chains (GVCs) Survey in Ethiopia, World Bank.

    The major objective of the assignment/ study is to collect firm/ enterprise level quantitative data that would help to understand enterprise-level dynamics of value chain interactions, labor use, and the drivers of firm growth, investment, and job creation, as well as to identify firms’ opportunities and obstacles for participation in Global value chains (GVCs) of textile & apparel, as well ICT sectors. The study is expected to provide information with respect to: i) sales strategies of the firms, ii) sourcing strategies iii) jobs and skills requirements in the value chain, iv) use of technology, management practices, working conditions and standards, v) linkages and dependencies across the chain, vii) the opportunities and challenges facing firms, and viii) firms’ strategic responses to the various challenges across the border. Moreover, the study will cover values chains (input suppliers, processors, producers of intermediate and end products, marketers, brand manufacturers, retailers, including importers and exports ) with national geographical coverage and the universe/ study unit being establishments having at least 5 years. To meet the objectives of the assignment, data will be collected from at least 1200 establishments/ firm