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Local Governance and Informal Institutions Qualitative Monitoring Module – Brief

Causal Design
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Supported by a grant from the Qualitative Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Program Improvement Award (QPIA), Causal Design created a qualitative monitoring module to assess the presence and role of local governance and informal institutions in communities. The Qualitative Local Governance Module is designed to uncover context-specific insights into informal actors, institutions, and local governance dynamics, including both opportunities and potential challenges. This learning brief summarizes the milestones of development of the Module, Causal Design’s experience piloting the Module in two locations (Ethiopia and Malawi), and subsequent recommendations and lessons learned for the Module’s future use. For further details, see the full Local Governance and Informal Institutions Qualitative Monitoring Module – Final Report.

This brief was made possible by a grant from the Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) Activity. The IDEAL Small Grants Program is made possible by the generous support and contribution of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).