GPFD believes that high quality data leads to better development outcomes. We specialize in providing rigorous monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) services for CBOs, NGOs, and agencies who are working directly with communities to fight poverty and inequality. Our MEL consultancy work is grounded in substantial practical experience developing and managing MEL systems and tools, especially for community-led programming. The MEL services provided by GPFD are created not only to realize the impact of current development interventions but also to guide improvements in future programming.

Our expertise includes:

  • Impact and performance evaluation using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental evaluation design, implementation, data analysis, and reporting
  • Strategic advising for community-based programming and evaluation

Recent Work

Sustainable Village Water Systems Program

(Partnership with Global Water Institute at The Ohio State University)

Millions of Africans suffer poor health, poverty, and food insecurity due to unreliable water and energy systems. The goal of the Sustainable Village Water Systems Program is to improve sustainable water access and develop a workforce that can turn water and energy into economic prosperity.

GPFD is providing MEL services for the program’s pilot project covering two new borehole water systems in Singida, Tanzania. These systems, which aim to provide both clean water and spur economic development, use solar electricity in conjunction with a franchise-based for-profit business model. Monitoring and evaluation are being used to ensure that the program is meeting its goals and objectives through measurements of program outputs and outcomes using high quality data.

Water and Development Alliance (WADA) Entrepreneurship for Resilient Village Water Systems in Tanzania

(Partnership with The Ohio State University Global Water Institute and Majitech, Inc., with funding from the WADA Alliance (a partnership between The Coca-Cola Foundation and United States Agency for International Development (USAID)) with matching funds from WorldServe International and Waterboys.)

The project will increase water access to more than 70,000 rural Tanzanians currently without sustainable, reliable access to clean water. This will be achieved by installing or rehabilitating water points and installing solar powered water systems across 27 villages identified by the Tanzanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation. The sustainability of the water systems will be ensured through capacity building and governance support of village leadership.

GPFD is evaluating the impact of these 27 new water systems across Tanzania through site assessments, development of a robust and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan, and baseline and endline data reporting.

Governance Research on Water Systems (GROWS)

(Partnership with the Global Environment and Technology Foundation and The Ohio State University funded by USAID)

The goal of the GROWS project is to identify and disseminate innovative governance models and tools that will help accelerate eliminating extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. By evaluating water system governance in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, GPFD’s services will help managers continually learn about and from the internal and external realities of the GROWS program, thus building an iterative learning process into GROWS systems. To support this project, GPFD is conducting a mixed-methods assessment using a quantitative difference-in-difference methodology as well as qualitative results from focus groups and surveys to determine the added value of using a private operator in addition to traditional service providers on governance outcomes.