USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Notes – Evaluation Statements of Work

Country

Global

Region

Global

Type

Guidance Note

Year

2023

USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Notes – Evaluation Statements of Work

Country

Global

Region

Global

Type

Technical Guidance Document

Year

2023

Abstract:

An evaluation Statement of Work (SOW) clarifies the expectations for how an evaluation will be designed and conducted in much the same way that an activity’s scope of work dictates how an activity must be designed and implemented. The developer of an evaluation SOW is in many regards the architect of the evaluation itself. The more detailed and accurate the SOW the
more likely that the evaluation will generate useful and high quality findings, conclusions, and recommendations. This USAID/RFS Good Practice MEL Note provides an overview of the components of a good evaluation SOW, important tips when developing or peer-reviewing
evaluation SOWs, as well as an annotated example of a good evaluation SOW to show the reader how specific good practices were applied effectively in an actual RFS evaluation SOW.

Description:

RFS Good Practice MEL Notes aim to highlight examples of strong Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) practices across the central portfolio of activities managed by USAID’s Bureau of Resilience and Food Security (RFS). These notes complement USAID’s agency-wide MEL guidance with concrete examples of how RFS is integrating MEL elements into its investments. The primary audiences for these notes are RFS Implementing Partners (IPs), A/CORs, and RFS MEL Specialists. While IPs typically develop Activity MEL Plans, RFS hopes these notes will encourage enhanced A/COR and RFS MEL Specialist engagement and collaboration throughout the Program Cycle.

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