Resources for Measuring Capacity and Commitment

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March 12, 2021
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Addressing the question "How can we measure USAID's contribution to capacity and commitment" required first exploring potential programmatic measures of capacity and commitment at different levels of scale. To that end, this collection of resources includes (1) a review of existing measures of capacity and commitment across sectors and levels of scale, as well as (2) a participatory methodology for identifying locally-relevant measures of commitment as potential programmatic outcomes.

These resources were produced for USAID by a group of researchers through the HESN LASER mechanism. A description of each resource is provided below and attached as a downloadable PDF or spreadsheet.

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Measurement Matrix: Capacity and Commitment as Programmatic Outcomes 

  • What it is: These matrices of capacity and commitment measures are the result of a "quick and dirty" survey of existing literature across sectors. It is intended to be used as a STARTING POINT for discussion of WHAT and HOW to measure in order to better understand changes to capacity and commitment as programmatic outcomes in different technical areas (sectors) and different levels of scale. 
  • Who might use it: IPs, AOR/CORs, activity managers and activity or project design teams can use this matrix to search for existing measures of capacity or commitment that might result from their programming, or barriers or enabling conditions that may be useful context indicators to understand the influence of the enabling environment on capacity and commitment.

FINAL REPORT: Developing Locally-relevant Measures of Commitment

  • What it is: This collaborative research study was designed to provide guidance to USAID staff and other stakeholders to further articulate potential indicators and approaches for understanding “commitment” in a way that is operationalizable at the project or activity level. (Contains all of the 4 individual products listed below.)
  • Who might use it: May be of use to any M/B/IO or IP seeking to develop locally-relevant indicators of “commitment” as either programmatic outcome or a context monitoring indicator.

Executive Summary: Developing Locally-relevant Measures of Commitment

  • What it is: Summary of case study findings on locally-relevant concepts of commitment in Ugandan community, as well as a pilot approach for developing such measures in other contexts.
  • Who might use it: May be of use to any M/B/IO or IP seeking to develop locally-relevant indicators of “commitment” as either programmatic outcome or a context monitoring indicator.

Personas for Understanding Commitment in a Ugandan Community

  • What it is: Highly contextualized documentation of how program participants and other stakeholders (including Ugandan beneficiaries, community leaders, and local partners) conceptualize and assess the “commitment” of themselves and other actors.
  • Who might use it: May be of particular interest to USAID Uganda Program, Health, Education, and/or Gender Officers for adapting to other USAID-funded programs that seek to support “commitment” as either a programmatic outcome or to assess locally-appropriate levels of “commitment” as a context monitoring indicator.

Possible research and evaluation questions, and candidate indicators to consider when attempting to measure commitment in a Ugandan community

  • What it is: List of Research, Evaluation, and Learning Questions, as well as a selection of locally-relevant candidate indicators for measuring commitment at the individual and community level, as it pertains to gender, health, and education.
  • Who might use it: May be of particular interest to USAID Uganda Program, Health, Education, and/or Gender Officers for adapting to other USAID-funded programs that seek to support “commitment” as either a programmatic outcome or to assess locally-appropriate levels of “commitment” as a context monitoring indicator.

Participatory Process for Developing Locally Sensitive Commitment Measures

  • What it is: This step-by-step guide will help users identify commitment indicators at the local level. As the indicators for local level commitment are context specific, we don’t expect that a generalizable set of indicators can be used across all countries or contexts. Thus it is necessary to develop localized sets of commitment indicators. Any interested person can use this instruction for capturing and developing local level, and locally-relevant commitment indicators.
  • Who might use it: May be of use to any M/B/IO or IP seeking to develop locally-relevant indicators of “commitment” as either programmatic outcome or a context monitoring indicator.

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