Evidence Review

The USAID/Philippines Program Resources Management Office, technical offices, and CLAimDev discussed the different existing sources of data and evidence for review and identified data, evidence, and analysis that were not available. Based on these discussions, CLAimDev began work to collate and analyze available data and evidence and generate new data and evidence to inform the Mission’s deliberations during the MCST. To this end, CLAimDev developed an indicator dashboard and six analytic reports using existing indicator, portfolio review, and implementing partner data. CLAimDev also developed indicators, and conducted a survey to measure citizen perceptions of civic engagement and local governance, and collated information gathered for six peer reviews of gender and women’s empowerment in the Mission’s activities.

  • Indicator Dashboard

    CLAimDev consolidated and created visualizations of the Mission’s indicator Performance Managment Plan (PMP) and Performance Plan and Report (PPR) indicator data in the Development Information System (DIS) in a dashboard. The dashboard supported the Mission to examine its performance against its development objectives (DO), intermediate and sub-intermediate results, and performance plan. Figure 2 below is an example of a visualization for a sub-intermediate result disaggregated by implementing partner.

  • Performance Analysis Reports

    CLAimDev developed six performance analysis reports for the Mission. The reports covered the three development objectives and three cross-cutting themes. The performance analyses used PMP and PPR indicator data in the DIS, activity-level indicator data, and activity quarterly and annual reports to assess progress on CDCS objectives and results. The Mission technical offices and MCST Development Objective teams used the reports to inform their discussions on CDCS progress. Based on the reports and discussions, CLAimDev created presentations on each DO and cross-cutting issues for the DO team meetings and the plenary session of the retrospective phase of the MCST.

    CLAimDev also produced a summary indicator analysis report to identify DOs and IRs at risk of not being measured adequately or of poor performance, applying four dimensions of analysis: 1) use of relevant indicators, 2) presence of baselines, targets, and actuals, 3) use of disaggregation, and 4) indicator trends. As with the performance analysis reports, the DO teams used the indicator analysis report to understand the status of available performance indicators and data to gauge progress in meeting the CDCS goal and objectives.

  • Gender Peer Reviews

    In September 2021, the Mission launched a peer review of USAID/Philippines’ integration of gender equality. The first step in the process was a summary review of the Mission’s gender-related indicators, activity gender action plans, and activity monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans and activity work plans. This provided the Mission’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Task Force an overview of how the Mission was implementing gender equality as a cross-cutting issues. The analysis showed that 35 of the 61 PMP indicators measure gender-related outputs and outcomes, and 17 indicators disaggregated individuals by sex. Most activities did not have gender action plans or specific actions within their work plans and AMELPs that emphasized gender as a cross-cutting approach.

    The second step in the gender peer review process was a series of cases studies on gender equality and women’s empowerment in select activities: Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (RESPOND), Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABC+), ReachHealth, Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL), TB Innovations and Health Systems Strengthening (TB IHSS), and FishRight. CLAimDev supported the peer review by collating the information that task force gathered and presenting findings in six reports (one for each case study) and one summary report.

  • Citizen’s Perception Study on Civic Engagement and Local Governance

    To measure progress in achieving CDCS 2020–2024 DO 1, specifically for IRs 1.1 Civic Engagement Increased and 1.4 More Responsive Local Governance, CLAimDev’s COR requested that CLAimDev develop outcome indicators for these IRs. CLAimDev developed these indicators and conducted a survey to gauge individuals’ perceptions related to local governance to measure baseline values. The survey sampled 2,500 rural and urban households in regions where USAID partners were implementing activities on civic engagement and local governance.

    The Citizen’s Perception Survey found that while nearly half of all survey respondents trust their local governments, only a quarter of them rated the overall performance of their local government positively. Likewise, while almost four of ten citizens believe that civic participation is important, only 15 percent have participated in a civic or community activity.

    The DO teams used the survey findings in their discussions during the retrospective and prospective phases of the MCST.