Our Projects

Our Projects
  • Year 2019-2026

    Country 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. It is designed to serve FEWS NET team members and their partners with the technology platforms and strategies necessary to manage, analyze, and disseminate FEWS NET data, information, and other knowledge products.  

    The Hub’s Data Management Platform (DMP) workstream consists of a set of activities that are designed to manage, maintain, and improve the FEWS NET DMP, including the FEWS NET Data Warehouse (FDW) and the FEWS NET Data Explorer (FDE), as well as other digital applications needed to store, manipulate and disseminate the core FEWS NET databases. It also includes activities related to the design and management of new datasets, visualizations, and analytical tools, as requested by USAID.  

    The FEWS NET website platform provides monthly reports and maps detailing current and projected levels of food insecurity; alerts on emerging or likely crises; and specialized reports on weather and climate, markets and trade, agricultural production, livelihoods, nutrition, and food assistance. The Hub team is responsible for managing, maintaining and improving the FEWS NET website platform, while the implementer of the EW team is responsible for the primary early warning analysis and reporting under FEWS NET, as well as for uploading its critical information products directly onto the website.  

    The Hub’s mandate for Knowledge and Learning is to make FEWS NET food security-related data and knowledge products more accessible to FEWS NET team members, as well as to users and for uses outside of the FEWS NET team.  

    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 2019-2021

    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 2019

    Country South Sudan

    Client

    Large-Scale Surveys PROJECTS

    UNHCR South Sudan Livelihood Evaluation Household Survey

    In 2019, UNHCR launched its three-year plan (2019-2022) to provide overall strategic direction to partners supporting livelihoods programming in refugee camps in South Sudan. As part of an impact evaluation implemented by TANGO International, Kimetrica conducted a 500-household field survey in four selected refugee camps, with an 88 percent response rate, to evaluate the strategy’s effectiveness. The goal of the impact evaluation was to generate impartial and credible evidence to help inform the refugee livelihoods status and economic inclusion programming and development for South Sudan. The survey collected timely evidence on intended and unintended outcomes of the livelihoods strategy, with a particular focus on UNHCR’s interests, and provided key lessons learned about best practices on refugees’ economic inclusion. To carry out the survey, Kimetrica recruited and trained survey personnel, conducted field operations, and submitted a cleaned dataset to TANGO who analyzed the data alongside the qualitative data it collected as part of a mixed-methods approach. 

     

  • 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.