Our Projects

  • 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 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 focuses on promoting durable solutions for refugees and better integration of the refugee and host community economies. Our research team is using 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 will provide critical data for programme tuning and policy development related to refugee interventions in Kenya.

  • Year 2016-2017

    Country Namibia

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Data Warehouse, Monitoring and Reporting Tools: Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism

    In support of the Government of Namibia’s implementation of a national policy to protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change impacts through the diversification of community livelihoods, Kimetrica was contracted to develop a web-based compliance monitoring system.  The system includes a data warehouse, tools for capturing data on mobile devices, and reporting modules for both management and national level monitoring. The system provided is open source allowing for future customization, easy maintenance, reduced operating costs, and easy access to facilitate adoption.  Optimized for low bandwidth connections, the web-based application supports both mobile and desktop devices.  In addition to the data warehouse, it includes a document archive, based on the open source Mayan EDMS tools and data capture modules based on KoboCollect. Hosted on a cloud server, the system requires virtually no software maintenance, limited dependencies on continued software support.

  • Year 2016-2017

    Country Somalia

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Evaluation of the Social Mobilisation Network (SM Net)
    Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system. Polio outbreaks between 2000 and 2015 have affected hundreds in Somalia, with some cases reported in Kenya and Ethiopia. The Social Mobilisation Network (SM Net) was established in 2013 by UNICEF to raise awareness of polio and increase coverage of polio vaccination in difficult to reach locations in Somalia. Kimetrica, in partnership with Forcier Consulting, was contracted to conduct an evaluation of SM Net activities, including impacts on coverage of polio immunization activities, and local perceptions of trust and community level support. The evaluation also explores SM Net’s ability to deliver on other child survival and development interventions. Using a mixed-methods approach, our team is collecting primary data, through individual interviews and focus group discussions, examining key issues of relevance, efficiency, sustainability, effectiveness, and impact; and undertaking an extensive analysis of secondary data on vaccination uptake over the duration of the programme.
     

     

  • Year 2016-2018

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Nutritional Improvements through Cash and Health Education (NICHE) Evaluation

    With technical support from UNICEF, Kitui County Government has developed the Nutritional Improvements through Cash and Health Education (NICHE) Programme which aims to target households with children under two years of age and/or pregnant women. Kimetrica was contracted to investigate the impact of the programme on awareness and understanding of practices resulting in improved nutritional status, and improved anthropometric indices. The method being applied is a randomized control trial (RCT) for a period of one year, with up to 1,000 households being assessed at four time points. The study aims to assess whether combining nutrition counselling with cash assistance can improve nutrition outcomes.

  • Year 2016

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    County Social Protection Coordination, Mapping and Capacity Assessment

    Kimetrica was commissioned by UNICEF Kenya to map Social Protection interventions and assess current mechanisms for coordination of the same at county and sub-county levels, identify capacity gaps, leading to the preparation of best practice guidance and standards for the coordination, implementation and financing of social protection programmes by the Government, development partners, private sector and civil society organizations and a capacity building programme for counties and sub-counties.

  • Year 2016

    Country Ghana

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Child Trafficking Baseline Assessment for the Child Protection Compact Partnership

    Kimetrica conducted a baseline assessment on the state of child trafficking (including both forced child labour and child sex trafficking) in Ghana before the introduction of the Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, a four year initiative between the Government of Ghana and the Government of the U.S. The assessment, which covered the year 2015, included over 90 key informant interviews with government officials and representatives of NGOs involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked children in five regions (Greater Accra, Central, Volta, Eastern and Ashanti). It focused in particular on the infrastructure currently in place to combat child trafficking, as well as the availability and use of standard operating procedures, interagency collaborations and the availability and quality of relevant statistics and databases