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Evaluation of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Rule of Law Programs in Colombia

Latin America and the Caribbean U.S. Department of State 2012 2013

The purpose of the evaluation of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Rule of Law Programs in Colombia is to assess the effectiveness of the Justice Sector Reform Program (JSRP) relative to the goals and objectives in the planning documents. It is a retrospective evaluation, limited to program activities between 2008 and 2011. The primary audience for the evaluation is the INL Office of Western Hemisphere Programs in Washington and the INL section of the US Embassy in Colombi. The evaluation SOW calls for evidence-based findings and conclusions to assess the impact of the INL Justice Sector Reform Program in Colombia between 2008 and 2011. Given the diversity among the six evaluation questions and the range of project goals, the Evaluation Team used a mixed methods approach to elicit both qualitative and quantitative data drawn from multiple sources. To the extent that data were available, the evaluation used 2008 as the base year for identifying change across the four-year period. Analytically, to the extent possible, the evaluation used the technique of triangulation to validate findings by drawing on comparative data from two or more sources as evidence.