Our Projects

Our Projects
  • Year 2020

    Country Philippines

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    World Bank Philippines Lessons Learned Evaluation

    Every year, thousands of Filipinos are affected by natural disasters, losing their lives, livelihoods, and homes to severe weather events. Over several years, with support from the World Bank, the Government of the Philippines (GoP) has worked to provide financial protection for communities against such events. The Philippines parametric catastrophe risk insurance program represents a key milestone in these efforts. From 2017 to 2019, the GoP placed two parametric insurance policies on the international capital markets. The first policy (2017/2018) provided over $200 million in coverage for communities at risk of typhoons and earthquakes. The second policy (2018/2019), doubled this coverage. The program insured two types of coverage: one for 25 provincial governments against emergency losses from major typhoons and another for National Government Agencies against emergency losses from major typhoons and earthquakes for national government assets (based on losses in the 25 provinces). As part of the closeout process for the two-year pilot, the World Bank commissioned Kimetrica to conduct a Lessons Learned Evaluation to better understand the successes and challenges of the program. The results will further inform the growing evidence base on parametric insurance and be used to inform  similar potential programs in other countries. The evaluation involves a desk review, key informant interviews with a variety program stakeholders, analysis of data, and a final report of lessons learned.

  • Year 2019-2020

    Country Global

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    GRiF MEL Framework Design

    Kimetrica is designing the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Framework for the World Bank’s Global Risk Financing Facility (GRiF). GRiF is a Multi-Donor Trust Fund that awards grants to test, pilot, and scale different types of disaster risk financing instruments such as parametric insurance products, catastrophe bonds, and surge financing linked to shock responsive social protection systems. Securing financing in advance helps vulnerable countries better manage the financial impacts of disasters, shocks and crises. The comprehensive MEL Framework includes (i) the design of a Theory of Change diagram and narrative, (ii) the development of a results framework and reporting structure, (iii) the identification of key evaluation questions, (iv) the creation of a rolling evaluation plan, and (v) the buildout of a learning and communications platform of activities. Kimetrica used a utilization-focused approach for the design of the MEL framework, ensuring that the intended users of research findings (GRiF stakeholders) are engaged in decision-making around the design of each study. In complex programs such as GRiF, questions of attribution are difficult to answer using traditional (and more rigid) experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation designs. As such, Kimetrica designed the system using contribution analysis  for the analytical framework, through which the World Bank can capture, analyze, and build its evidence base in disaster risk finance.

  • Year 2019-2026

    Country Afghanistan Angola Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon CAR Chad Djibouti DRC El Salvador Ethiopia Guatamala Haiti Honduras Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leonne Somalia South Sudan Sudan Tajikistan Tanzania Uganda USA Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Modeling and Simulation PROJECTS

    Information Management PROJECTS

    FEWS NET Pillar 2: Management of a FEWS NET Learning and Data Hub

    USAID’s Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) project is the agency’s longest running activity. Created in 1985 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State after devastating famines in East and West Africa, FEWS NET provides near real-time analysis on famine threats in more than 38 highly vulnerable countries around the world. 

    The FEWS NET Learning and Data Hub (“the Hub”) provides a mission-critical, web-based Information Management System (IMS) to enhance the ability of analysts to provide evidence-based decision-making about humanitarian assistance. Five principles underpin Kimetrica’s approach to the management of the FEWS NET Data Hub:

    1. Client-Driven. The Hub is a service provider to FEWS NET’s data analysis team and consumers of the project’s information. The Hub ensures that all information and knowledge products are designed to meet specific user needs. This is accomplished through continuous dialogue with USAID other FEWS NET partners and a wide range of consumers of FEWS products and information.

    2. Foster a Community of Practice. The Hub provides a platform and tools to ensure that all FEWS NET Team members, including those within USAID, other government agencies, and implementing partners, work within a framework of shared objectives, practices and tools. 

    3. Scalable Solutions. The success of the overall FEWS NET activity depends on the Hub’s ability to provide solutions that are scalable to new countries, new user groups, and new issues, and are appropriate to the realities of developing countries, such as limited internet. Kimetrica’s team strikes the right balance between offline and online tools for data capture, analysis, tabulation and graphics.

    4. Agile Management. The Hub employs an agile approach to project management, which is designed to address the management and technical challenges of FEWS NET’s global operations. This approach ensures that our technical assistance provides well-targeted support and fast delivery of key products to the FEWS NET Team. 

    5. Harmonized Communications. The Hub ensures that the FEWS NET project, which includes several government agencies and companies, speaks with one unified voice, reflecting FEWS NET’s core messages. 

    Through our management of the FEWS NET Data Hub, Kimetrica is helping USAID to sustainably prevent food insecurity and famine by providing timely, relevant, and evidence-based analysis on the causes, levels, and consequences of food insecurity. In turn, the analysis drives decision-making at international, national, and local levels.

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    "[Kimetrica's] work with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network is truly inspiring. Because of [Kimetrica's] devotion to this topic, USAID is more effectively able to identify food insecurity throughout the world and save lives."

     

    ~ The Honorable Mr. Joe Neguse, US Congressman, 2nd District of Colorado

  • Year 2019-2024

    Country Global

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Food Security Third Party Monitoring (FSTPM)

    Monitoring vulnerability, food insecurity and the impact of humanitarian response in some of the world’s most crisis prone locations, the Food Security Third Party Monitoring (FSTPM) project provides critical, near real-time analysis to support targeting of life-saving support. Using a strategic combination of local monitors and international staff, Kimetrica is adeptly navigating adverse security, travel, and climate conditions to deliver verifiable data on the existence, quality, and progress of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace's (FFP) projects in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Armed with current, relevant data, FSTPM is allowing USAID and its partners to make highly-informed, evidence-based decisions for program implementation and strategy, which improves the impact of USAID’s critical humanitarian assistance.

  • Year 2019-2020

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Technical Assistance to Strengthen the Early Warning System for Food Insecurity in Ethiopia and its Links to a Scalable Rural Productive Safety Net Program (RPSNP)

    Ethiopia is highly prone to climate and weather induced hazards, including droughts. These droughts can lead to failed harvests and reduction in livestock, water shortages and, ultimately, periods of food insecurity and reduced resilience of individuals and households to further shocks. In response, Ethiopia has mature mechanisms in place to manage food insecurity and famine prevention.  However, there is a need for more timely and reliable analysis to help trigger funding decisions. In collaboration with the World Bank, the Government of Ethiopia, and other partners, Kimetrica is carrying out a consultancy to strengthen the food security early warning system, which will bolster the Government’s early warning system to better predict, mitigate, and ultimately reduce the impact of climate and weather induced disasters in Ethiopia.

  • 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 hugely 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 varied 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, along with Kimetrica's geographic analyses, are subsequently used to inform strategic decision-making within the Mission and beyond. They are distributed through a website Kimetrica built, which contains a library of dashboards, key literature pieces on Myanmar, public and private datasets.

  • Year 2017-2022

    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 a continuous 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 explore a range of response options to mitigate food insecurity.

  • Year 2018

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    Building Self-Reliance for Refugees and Host Communities: Baseline Study

    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 (water, sanitation and hygiene), 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

    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). The partnership focuses on nine vulnerable and high-risk areas and works with the Government of Kenya at both 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 contributes to both community and household 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 reflected 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 32 focus group discussions and 49 key informant interviews to triangulate and understand gender differences. The results of this study served 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 (Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing), using CSPro (Census and Survey Processing System), 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

    Livelihoods for Resilience (L4R) Learning Activity: Baseline Data Collection

    USAID's Livelihoods for Resilience (L4R) Learning Activity in Ethiopia focuses on four priority areas that support and enhance livelihood opportunities for chronically food-insecure households in targeted regions and woredas (administrative divisions): 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; 4) collaborative learning for scaling up and sustaining gains made in the three livelihood pathways (i.e., on-farm, off-farm, employment). To assess the L4R activities' progress and effectiveness, Kimetrica, in collaboration with its partners, Save the Children and TANGO International, implemented a baseline study. The baseline study, conducted in 2018, included two quantitative components -- a household survey of 3,520 households and a community survey; and two qualitative components -- 32 focus group discussions (FGDs) and a range of in-depth interviews (IDIs)). The 3,520 households surveyed were scattered across 128 randomly-selected clusters (i.e. 16 treatment and 16 control, from each of the 4 regions). Questionnaires were digitized using the Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro) and data was collected electronically using Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI), ensuring a daily flow of data and, in turn, timely feedback to the data collection team on suspicious and outlier values. Voice recordings were used for qualitative data collection. The baseline study results were used to monitor and assess the progress and effectiveness of L4R activities during implementation, and later to be used for comparison with endline results.