Evaluation of the Education Support Program (ESP) and the Cairo Scholarship Initiative Program (CISP)
Evaluation of ESP:The USAID/Egypt Education Support Program (ESP) was a three-year nationwide activity of support to the Ministry of Education (MOE) to restore stability and build the quality of the public education system in the period immediately following the January 2011 revolution. At the conclusion of the ESP (January 31, 2015), USAID/Egypt contracted DevTech Systems Inc. (DevTech) and its subcontractor The QED Group, LLC (QED) to conduct the final performance evaluation of the program. The evaluation objectives were: (1) to review analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of USAID-funded ESP activities in achieving program objectives and completing deliverables; and, (2) to provide specific recommendations and lessons learned to ensure that future funding for capacity-building in the areas for Boards of Trustees (BOTs), teacher training, and remedial reading are directed to activities that have the highest potential to achieve improved and sustainable resultsEvaluation of CISP:To effectively implement the CIS evaluation, DevTech has partnered with QED to form the DevTech Team – an integrated team with combined knowledge of the local context of Egypt and successfully conducting evaluations in the education sector. To conduct this evaluation, the DevTech Team has nominated a combination of home office staff, and both American and Egyptian consultants with experience in evaluating higher education projects to effectively and efficiently carry out the evaluation.The purposes of this evaluation were to: (1) identify the Cairo Initiative’s strengths and weaknesses and make any corrections needed, (2) review, analyze, and evaluate the USAID-funded Cairo Initiative in terms of achieving program objectives, and (3) provide findings and recommendations to be used by the Government of Egypt and USAID to help in future designs of human capacity-building projects.For this performance evaluation, a mixed-methods approach was used to collect and analyze primary and secondary source data. The methods consisted of: a literature review, key informant interviews, group discussions, and an opinion survey. Data were triangulated and the team ensured that primary data took account of a set of variables (e.g., type of organization). The evaluation team interviewed 97 from a range of CISP target organizations and stakeholder organizations. The team visited four targeted organizations including two universities and two ministries. In addition, the team invited all alumni and current CISP scholars to respond to an online survey. A total of twelve Conclusions were generated to answer the Evaluation Questions. These twelve conclusions are supported by twenty (20) Findings distributed across the Evaluation Questions, and recommendations were provided.