Woman learning vanilla farming
Save the Children / Charlie Forgham-Bailey
January 2022 - March 2023
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Malawi and Ethiopia
Causal Design


This activity aims to develop a Qualitative Monitoring (QM) module that is broadly applicable across contexts, while simultaneously yielding context-specific insights into the role of informal actors, institutions, and local governance dynamics and how they may affect activity implementation, effectiveness, and sustainability.

In order to enable implementing partners (IPs) to assess the presence and role of informal institutions in communities, Causal Design created a Qualitative Local Governance Module to assist USAID/BHA Resilience and Food Security activity (RFSA) IP Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) teams, and Title II food security program partners, to more effectively probe for informal institutions and local governance processes, whether at baseline or as part of routine monitoring. This module is designed to enable MEAL teams to identify influential and contextual factors that would otherwise go unobserved. By incorporating these observations into adaptive management processes, IPs can then deliver more effective food security programming.

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In March 2023, Causal Design joined the QualME (Qualitative Monitoring and Evaluation) peer community for an online discussion on Qualitative Methods and Tools for Process Monitoring.  During the event Causal Design discussed effective practices for integrating qualitative methods into existing M&E systems for food security activities.

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