Did you know that the US Department of Defense was the second largest contributor of foreign assistance to Guatemala in FY2016? Total spending was $33,820,068, of which $29 million went to counternarcotics programs. Source: https://explorer.usaid.gov/cd/GTM

The FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) required that all significant security cooperation programs and activities contain a program of assessment, monitoring, and evaluation. While not available today for the DoD, you can explore what types of evaluation reports have been submitted by other agencies about their work in Guatemala in 2015 at the USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse here: https://bit.ly/2LjDmSM

The Value of M&E

One of the most important drivers of the value of M&E is the picture of accomplishment that M&E practices deliver. When this picture is based on high quality, reliable data and rigorous evaluation driven by a deep understanding of economics, statistics, and social science research, it becomes compelling. And compelling data drives social change. An accurate picture of accomplishment lets program managers see how effective they have been. Learn more here.