Our Projects

  • Year 2018-2023

    Country Myanmar

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Myanmar Analytical Activity (MAA)

    USAID/Burma selected Kimetrica to carry out its five-year Myanmar Analytical Activity (MAA). Myanmar is a highly diverse, conflict-affected country undergoing rapid change politically, economically and socially. MAA thus requires timely, precise and highly-relevant reporting on an array of topics affecting the country, its people, and the Mission's diverse portfolio. Kimetrica, in cooperation with its sub-contractor Mekong Economics, in Yangon, employs various methods—from interviews with ethnic leaders and citizens in difficult-to-access regions, to satellite imagery and advanced visualization tools—to collect the most precise data possible. Data are systematically analyzed and findings are clearly presented in powerful ad-hoc, monthly and quarterly reports. These reports, as well as our geographic analyses, are subsequently used to inform strategic decision-making within the Mission and beyond.

  • Year 2018-2019

    Country South Sudan

    Client

    Modeling and Simulation PROJECTS

    World Modelers

    Using South Sudan as a case study, Kimetrica is developing parameterized quantitative models to generate key output variables for population, conflict, household economics, water, markets, health, and humanitarian operational response that impact food security. These models will serve as inputs into an iterative process of developing scenario-based decision-support tools, which will, over the course of this research, evolve into a Web-based interactive tool. It will allow decision makers to construct plausible scenarios - spatially and temporally defined by the user - and experience how a range of response options may mitigate food insecurity.

  • Year 2018

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    Building Self-Reliance for Refugees and Host Communities

    Building Self-Reliance for Refugees and Host Communities by Improved Sustainable Basic Social Service Delivery Program (BSRP) is a UNICEF Ethiopia-led effort to improve service delivery in health, nutrition, WASH, education and child protection. In 2018, Kimetrica carried out a baseline study for BSRP in one camp and the surrounding host community in each refugee-hosting region of Ethiopia: Berhale (Afar), Tongo (Benishangul Gumuz), Pugnido I (Gambella), Kebrebeyah (Somali) and Adi-Harush (Tigray). The baseline study entailed a quantitative survey of 3,000 households, in-depth interviews with providers at 70 service facilities, key informant interviews with 75 implementers, experts and programme staff, and 40 focus group discussions with community members. UNICEF is using Kimetrica's findings to work externally with local providers and partners, and internally, within UNICEF, to maximize BSRP's effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Year 2018

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    USAID’s Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG)

    USAID’s Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG) brings together humanitarian and development partners to build resilience among Kenya’s vulnerable pastoralist communities in the country’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) region. The partnership focuses on nine vulnerable and high-risk areas and works with the Kenya Government at both the national and county levels to address underlying community vulnerabilities. Kimetrica, in collaboration with its partner, TANGO International, conducted a mixed-method study to assess how the range of USAID-supported interventions contribute to both community and household-level resilience capacities, and how they improve household responses to shocks and well-being outcomes. Quantitative data collection consisted of a large-scale (2,700 households), representative baseline survey with questions that reflect dietary diversity and food availability, and included an anthropometric component to assess rates of malnutrition, which influence household vulnerability. Simultaneously, qualitative data were collected in the same areas through focus group discussions and key informant interviews for purposes of triangulation and understanding of gender differences. The results of this study serve as an Endline for the Resilience and Economic Growth in the Arid Lands (REGAL) impact evaluation and as a Baseline Resilience impact evaluation for the larger PREG Northern Kenya intervention areas. Kimetrica’s work included CAPI-programming, using CSPro, and all aspects of field data collection, from recruitment to training to survey implementation and data capture.

  • Year 2018

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    USAID's Livelihoods for Resilience (L4R) activity

    USAID's Livelihoods for Resilience (L4R) activity in Ethiopia focuses on four priority areas that support and enhance livelihood opportunities for chronically food insecure households in targeted regions and woredas: 1) on-farm income generating activities (IGAs) and crop and livestock market systems; 2) off-farm IGAs and non-farm enterprise development; 3) non-farm labor and wage employment; and 4) collaborative learning for scaling and sustaining gains made in the three livelihood pathways (i.e., on-farm, off-farm, employment). To assess the L4R activity's progress and effectiveness, Kimetrica, in collaboration with its partners, Save the Children and TANGO International, implemented a 3,520-household survey with two basic elements: (1) baseline/endline data collection, comparison of baseline and endline results, and an overall evaluation of performance, effectiveness, and impact of the L4R activity; and (2) design and implementation of a five-year, recurrent monitoring of program implementation. Kimetrica’s main role was in the development and implementation of data capture protocols and field data collection. The team used CSPro for quantitative data collection and voice recordings for qualitative data collection.

  • Year 2017-2018

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Modeling and Simulation PROJECTS

    Methods for Extremely Rapid Observation of Nutritional Status (MERON)

    Traditional methods for quantifying malnutrition in children involve physical handling of subjects, can be time-consuming and are susceptible to inaccuracy because they require enumerators to interpret the value. Kimetrica has developed an application called Methods for Extremely Rapid Observation of Nutritional Status (MERON) that could allow for a non-invasive, time efficient, and tamper-proof approach to assessing the malnutrition status of an individual by using a facial recognition and processing algorithm.
    Kimetrica will refine and test this application using anthropometric data from various sites in Kenya in children under the age of five years (6-59 months old). In cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Health (MOH), Kimetrica will calibrate the tool against the traditional standards for nutritional monitoring and then evaluate the accuracy, feasibility, and cost-effectiveness of the approach. The training and testing of the model will be complete by July 2018.

    If the trail is successful then MERON could offer the following benefits:
    1. An increase in the accuracy of data collected with regards to malnutrition status; 
    2. A reduction in resources related to the training of enumerators; 
    3. Use of inconspicuous measurement tools; 
    4. Use of less invasive (in some cultures) measurement techniques.

    These benefits could, in turn, result in a number of important outcomes for the diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition in children under five. These include:
    1. More appropriate distribution of funding and scarce resources based on accurate measurements;
    2. Savings in resources (resources used for training of enumerators in taking accurate weight for height measurements; transportation of bulky equipment and opportunity cost for communities participating in surveys);
    3. Easier data collection in hard to access high risk/conflict areas and in areas where physical handling of children is culturally not acceptable.

    MERON was presented at the Artificial Intelligence for Good Global Summit held in Geneva in May 2018 (Watch the interview ) and has featured in the Smithsonian, New Scientist, Daily Mail and Detusch Wella.

  • Year 2014-2019

    Country Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Food Security and Humanitarian Monitoring

    Kimetrica is conducting food security monitoring in some of the world’s most vulnerable locations. Working in highly insecure environments, Kimetrica’s field based researchers and data collection teams are collecting primary data from panel surveys of households, markets and health centers. Using tablets and satellite telephones, Kimetrica staff are providing decision makers with near real time information on humanitarian conditions, food availability and population movements.  Our cutting edge methodological approach is collecting detailed information, allowing decision makers to better understand humanitarian conditions and design programmes to respond to immediate needs.  

  • Year 2011-2019

    Country USA Yemen

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    FEWS NET Technical Support Contract

    The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) activity has traditionally relied upon its own personnel based in food insecure countries and their official in-country partners to collect and assess the information and data needed to identify and monitor levels of food security in vulnerable populations, reporting on conditions in 36 countries from 22 field offices around the world. This data collection method depends on a proximity to, or direct contact with, the hungry populations from which the information and data are collected. The scope and the amount of the data FEWS NET can theoretically collect is therefore constrained by the resources available from its FEWS NET Implementation Team (FIT) members (USAID, NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and a private-sector contractor) and other official and unofficial partners.

    The aim of the FEWS NET TSC is to assist USAID’s FEWS NET activity in identifying and implementing new technologies to enhance team collaboration, and to broaden data collection, analysis and dissemination methods. The project supports the FIT in enhancing intra-team early warning collaboration, analysis, and dissemination capabilities, and in expanding an activity-wide ability to gather new and greater quantities of food security information and data through the application and use of new information technologies for early warning.
     

  • Year 2017

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    USAID Food For Peace Ethiopia Baseline Survey

    For USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), Kimetrica carried out a 8,460 household baseline survey in three regions of Ethiopia: Oromia, Amhara, and Tigray. The survey, one of the largest ever implemented by USAID in Ethiopia, had a very short execution period, which required rapid mobilization of hundreds of field staff. Kimetrica’s research team managed all aspects of the field work, including training and managing over 300 enumerators who conducted household interviews and took anthropometric measurements of children aged 5 and under. A comprehensive listing (village census) exercise of over 282 kebeles was undertaken, including GIS mapping of household locations. The listing data formed the basis for a three-stage cluster sample to ensure survey results represented the target populations. Data were collected using tablet computers and CSPro survey software. Survey results provided FFP with a situational analysis prior to the implementation of food and non-food aid programming. Follow-on surveys of the same households will provide results and impact information critical to the successful management of FFP’s multi-million dollar support efforts.

  • Year 2016-2018

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Impact Evaluation of Livelihoods Support to Refugees

    Kimetrica was contracted by DFID to conduct an impact evaluation of its programme in Kakuma refugee camp, “Supporting the Protection and Assistance of Refugees in Kenya” (SPARK). The livelihoods component of the initiative focused on promoting durable solutions for refugees and better integration of the refugee and host community economies. Our research team used a mixed-methods approach, including quantitative surveys, key informant interviews and focus group discussions with beneficiaries, to address several questions, including beneficiary access to interventions, impact on household incomes, local market impacts, and social cohesion with the host community. The final study report provided critical data for programme tuning and policy development related to refugee interventions in Kenya.