Research and Evaluation

A leader in social science research and evaluation, Cultural Practice, LLC conducts cutting edge research to assist our clients in understanding the socio-cultural context in which they operate and design programs to effectively reach their beneficiaries. Our assessments and evaluations identify lessons learned and good practices in designing and delivering equitable products and services. We are often one of the first organizations to bring a gender perspective on emerging issues such as value chains, climate change and disabilities.

Over the last ten years, we have completed over 30 gender assessments in multiple sectors for USAID missions in Central Asia (Kazakhstan and Tajikistan), Asia (India and Indonesia), Africa (Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa as well as the West Africa and East Africa regional bureaus), Latin America (Bolivia) and the EGAT Bureau in Washington, DC. We have conducted evaluations for ProMujer, the Global Livestock CRSP and the Farmer to Farmer program.

In addition to conducting research, assessments and evaluations we also provide support in developing results frameworks and performance monitoring plans, and identifying gender-sensitive indicators.

Examples of Our Work

PPL-EVAL-Monitoring and Evaluation IDIQ

CP serves as a prime contractor on USAID’s PPL-EVAL- Monitoring and Evaluation IDIQ (PPL-EVAL-ME). Through the EVAL-ME IDIQ CP provides evaluation, monitoring and assessment services for USAID missions and offices worldwide. For more information please contact Debbie Caro, IDIQ Manager: dcaro@culturalpractice.com.

A Calf, A House, A Business of One’s Own

CP’s evaluated three of the Global Livestock CRSP projects:

  1. Sustainable Management of Rural Watershed (SUMAWA) in Njoro, Kenya
  2. Developing Institutions and Capacity for Sheep and Fiber Marketing in Central Asia (WOOL) in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  3. Enhancing Child Nutrition through Animal Source Food Management Project (ENAM) in Ghana

Averting Maternal Death and Disability

CP provided professional services to evaluate Columbia University’s Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The evaluation examined the impact of the program’s innovative technological and methodological approaches on catalyzing cost-effective and sustainable changes in health systems to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in 52 countries. CP conducted site visits in India, Nepal, Vietnam, Ecuador, Peru, Tanzania, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.

USAID Policy Project

Under the USAID-funded POLICY HIV/AIDS Program in Mexico whose aim is “to support the government’s effort to enhance the quality and sustainability of HIV/AIDS/STI services in targeted states,” CP identified what worked, promising practices and lesson learned from the programs’ activities.

USAID Bolivia Health Portfolio Assessment

CP led a five-year review of USAID/Bolivia’s health program in preparation for the development of a new five-year strategy. The evaluation examined achievements of the program in improving maternal and child health, improving access of adolescents to reproductive health services and information, and improvements in access to HIV testing and treatment and reductions in stigma and discrimination for Bolivian’s affected by HIV/AIDS.

Promoting Gender-equitable Agricultural Value Chains: Issues, Opportunities, and Next Steps

CP authored a chapter on gender and values chains in A. Quisumbing, R. Meinzen-Dick, J. Behrman, and A. Peterman, Gender In Agriculture: Closing the Knowledge Gap.

Pro Mujer Peru Impact Evaluation

CP led a longitudinal impact assessment of Pro Mujer’s integrated microfinance and health program on increasing women’s incomes and empowerment between 2001 and 2003. CP designed and provided technical guidance for a baseline and impact survey of a random sample of approximately 250 women clients and their male partners in comparison to a control group of women and their partners. The research also included bimonthly in-depth interviews with 20 women micro-entrepreneurs about their businesses and lives over two years.