Our Projects

  • Year 2018

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    USAID’s Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG): Baseline/Endline Data Collection

    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 2017-2019

    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 allows 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.

    In 2018, through a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) innovation grant, Kimetrica achieved proof of concept with MERON for children and a preliminary classification accuracy level of 60% using 3,500 images of children under-five (6-59 months old), collected alongside UNICEF's Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART) survey in Kenya.

    MERON's next step for product development is a significant increase in its accuracy for malnutrition detection in children under-five from 60% to over 90%, which will be achieved through the collecting additional image data. Doing so requires the collection of 5,000-15,000 more usable images in tandem with SMART surveys or other nutritional assessments for calibration.

    Once MERON achieves its high-quality classification ability, it 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 been 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 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.

  • 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 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 applied was a randomized control trial (RCT) for a period of one year. Up to 1,000 households were assessed at four time points. The study assessed whether or not combining nutrition counselling with cash assistance improves 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 mechanisms for coordination of the same efforts at county and sub-county levels, identify capacity gaps, etc. This led 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 Burkina Faso Gambia Kenya Lesotho Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Niger Zimbabwe

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    African Risk Capacity: Client Feedback Survey

    Kimetrica was contracted by DFID to undertake a client feedback survey related to the capacity building services provided by the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Agency to its member countries. The survey instruments were designed and administered by the Kimetrica team through telephone interviews to Government representatives of 11 member countries. The survey aimed to determine ARC Member States' satisfaction with the ARC Agency services. The findings of these surveys will contribute to the improvement of ARC capacity building activities in the future. 

  • Year 2015

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Refugees Vulnerability Study, Kakuma

    WFP has provided food assistance to Kakuma Refugee Camp, located in northern Kenya near the border with South Sudan, since 1991. From 2012 to 2015 there was a reduction in donor funding for the Kenyan refugee operation, concomitant with increased global competition for funds. In addition, it was commonly believed that after more than 20 years of displacement, not all refugees had the same humanitarian assistance needs. In response to this, WFP, alongside UNHCR, commissioned Kimetrica to undertake a study that examined the levels of socio-economic vulnerability of refugees in Kakuma Camp. The study provided a comprehensive assessment to improve the understanding of socio-economic vulnerability among refugee households and the socio-economic dynamics among refugee groups. It also provided an evaluation of the feasibility and appropriateness of targeted assistance for refugees based on their actual needs and level of vulnerability. As part of the work, Kimetrica conducted a livelihoods profile based on a sample of over 1,000 households, analysed the appropriateness of delivering targeted assistance, and offered recommendations on the practical aspects of implementation that should be considered to ensure targeting is fair, safe and successful.

  • Year 2015

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Voucher Impact Study Design

    In 2013, WFP Kenya launched a pilot voucher programme in Dadaab Refugee Camp, that provided vouchers for fresh food to pregnant and lactating mothers. An evaluation in 2014 found that markets were responsive and able to increase supply to meet the new demand generated from the vouchers. The evaluation also indicated that increased market demand was stimulating more livelihood opportunities for both the refugee and host community populations. Based on these findings, WFP Kenya planned to scale up the provision of vouchers to refugee populations in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. Kimetrica was engaged to develop an approach that would assess whether a change in support modalities (in-kind food aid to vouchers) could have a positive impact on local economies, increasing incomes and livelihood opportunities. Our design allowed for the exploration of whether a voucher programme could improve relations between camp and host communities, as well as between communities within the camps. 

  • Year 2015

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Custom Software PROJECTS

    Project M&E System and Support

    Kimetrica developed a project-level M&E system, based on our ki-projectsTM M&E software, for a Kenya based development project. The work included M&E system design, staff capacity development, roll-out and mentoring. The adoption of M&E tools is expected to markedly improve PAFID’s ability to monitor grants and report to its constituents and donors.