Given that pastoral systems are dynamic, complex, and endangered, interventions that seek to bring about sustainable improvements to pastoralist livelihoods should be focused on continuous learning and identifying innovative solutions. The USAID-PRIME consortium therefore aims to facilitate evidence-based learning through on-going monitoring and evaluation activities and key research initiatives to improve the policy environment of USAID-PRIME’s activity areas.
To ensure information sharing at the community level, USAID-PRIME will create a library of learning materials related to all project activities and establish community information centers. The team will also hold learning events and workshops with activity staff, institution leaders, government officials, and other stakeholders to identify innovative activities and discuss lessons learned. Furthermore, the impact of sub-activities will be carefully documented in a knowledge management system designed to suit stakeholders’ needs.
EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING
As decision-making should be based on strong evidence, USAID-PRIME, through Haramaya University, will carry out special policy research on topic areas relevant to all of PRIME’s sub-activities. Understanding the current policy environment and its implications for PRIME sub-activities will allow more effective implementation and contribute to efforts to support the Government of Ethiopia in policy development and review. Additionally, a consortium partner, Kimetrica will carry out participatory special studies including labor market surveys and rapid impact evaluations. Baseline, midline, and end line surveys to determine the performance of the activity and its outcomes and impacts are also part of the activity plan.
To improve the effectiveness of all sub-activities, USAID will strive to document consistent activity information and track progress through participatory monitoring and evaluation practices. USAID-PRIME will support two-way communication to ensure communities, private sector partners, and government officials at the local and regional level in PRIME’s beneficiary areas have a space to discuss the positive and negative impacts of the activity and ways to improve.
Diana Picon, LKM Advisor
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