Our Projects

Our Projects
  • Year 2019-2021

    Country Ethiopia

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    USAID/Ethiopia's Livelihoods for Resilience (L4R): Recurrent Monitoring Study (RMS)

    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 (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 activity’s progress and effectiveness, Kimetrica, in collaboration with its partners, Save the Children and TANGO International, is implementing a quarterly, Recurrent Monitoring Study (RMS) across the same regions as the 2018 baseline study for eight rounds in total (four rounds per year). The RMS collects and analyzes high-frequency panel data regarding household shock exposure, responses, wellbeing outcomes, and changes in household resilience capacity. Mixed-method data is collected from a subset of baseline respondents (800 households) and alternates between 32 key informant interviews and 16 focus group discussions to prevent respondent fatigue. The RMS is being used to 1) measure real-time household responses to shocks and/or stressors that occur during the life of the activity and 2) to adapt the activity throughout implementation. Beginning in April 2020, in response to COVID-19, Kimetrica transitioned from in-person data collection to mobile-based data collection to minimize face-to-face contact with respondents and comply with the Government of Ethiopia’s recommendations, while still ensuring response rates of approximately 98 percent.

  • 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 2019-2021

    Country Global

    Client

    Information Management PROJECTS

    Maintenance of WFP’s Country Office Management Plan (COMP) Narratives Administration System

    Under Kimetrica’s World Food Programme (WFP) Long Term Agreement (LTA) for software design, development and support services, our team rebuilt a struggling Django/React Country Office Management Plan (COMP) Narratives Administration System. In doing so, Kimetrica re-implemented it to WFP’s organization standards and conventions using a more sustainable software architecture that reduced maintenance costs to less than half of those budgeted. Today, the new single-page application (SPA) Kimetrica designed for the system implements a feedback and approval workflow of structured quantitative and unstructured qualitative programme information. The COMP Narratives Administration System also integrates several monitoring and evaluation (M&E) source systems and manages evaluation data from the country offices to the regional offices and then on to the headquarters for comments, final approval and publication.

  • Year 2019-2021

    Country Angola Botswana Burundi Ethiopia Kenya Lesotho Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Namibia Rwanda Somalia South Africa South Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    UNICEF Improved Level of Disaggregation and Quality of Nutrition Survey and Rapid Assessment of Data Through the use of Spatial Sampling Methods and Improved Data Analysis Long Term Agreement (LTA)

    Nutrition status across East and Southern Africa is typically monitored through a national level, representative population survey at most every four to five years, which means that, often, up-to-date information for many countries is lacking. The objective of this two-year Long Term Agreement (LTA) is to increase the uptake of innovative spatial survey methods for all 21 countries in the East and Southern African region to more closely monitor progress toward achieving national, regional and global nutrition targets. Specifically, the LTA facilitates the availability of technical expertise in spatial surveying methods, data analysis techniques, and mapping of results to facilitate provision of in-country technical support for surveys and assessments. Kimetrica offers area-based sampling methods to estimate and map nutritional status data at both regional and national levels.

  • 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 carried out a consultancy to strengthen the food security early warning system, which bolstered the Government’s early warning system to better predict, mitigate, and ultimately reduce the impact of climate and weather induced disasters in Ethiopia.

  • 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 2019-2021

    Country Kenya

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    USAID’s Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG), Northern Kenya: Impact Evaluation Recurrent Monitoring System (RMS)

    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). PREG 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.  PREG’s goal is to assess how the range of USAID-supported interventions contributes to both community and household resilience capacities. In 2019, to promote learning and adapting within the activity, Kimetrica in collaboration with TANGO International, began conducting quarterly, recurring monitoring system (RMS) surveys of 800 households (a subset of the 2,700 households Kimetrica surveyed during the activity’s baseline evaluation in 2018). Each quarter, the RMS  alternates between conducting 30 key informant interviews and eight focus group discussions to avoid respondent fatigue. From September 2019 to June 2020, Kimetrica successfully conducted four rounds of RMS. Due to COVID-19, data collection was put on hold in mid-2020 but another round of RMS is anticipated to begin in mid-2021. This near real-time data allows USAID to understand how households’ resilience capacity affects their recovery from shocks.

  • 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.