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Monitoring and Evaluation for Workforce Development:
Pakistan Case Study
August 19, 2009 - 3:30 p.m.

Presenters: Tessie San Martin, Abt Associates
JoAnn Jastrzab, Abt Associates
John Glover, Abt Associates
David Long, Abt Associates

This session discussed Abt Associates’ preliminary report on the monitoring and evaluation tool and process for the Empowering Pakistan: Jobs (EPJ) project they are currently developing. This tool is part of the $80 million allocated for workforce development activities supported by USAID in 26 provinces in Pakistan.

While such evaluations have a long history of trial and usage in the US, Canada, and Europe, no standard M&E mechanisms for developing countries exists, especially those with fragile environments. Therefore, implementers are basing the design of this process on practices and extensive experience in M&E projects in developed countries. The presenters reiterated the logistical and methodological challenges they have encountered, highlighting how security concerns and vulnerable geographic areas make the design and implementation of such an undertaking difficult.

Questions from the audience generally sought more detailed implementation information from a local level such as: promoting job information and availability, involvement of community and local businesses, baseline assessments completed in each of the participating provinces, number of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students currently in training versus number of jobs available, and applicant selection and retention criteria.

The presenters, Tessie San Martin, JoAnn Jastrzab, John Glover, and David Long, all from Abt Associates, gave an overview of the EPJ project which is demand-driven by the needs of the private sector, targeting youths ages 15-24 with a very distinct gender component (focusing both on older women already out of the labor force and younger women who have never worked before). The project is closely interlinked with other USAID-supported projects in-country: agri-energy, entrepreneurship, job creation, small business, increased competitiveness, training, and M&E. This new M&E mechanism will be used across all components in order to standardize assessment of targets and processes. A standardized tool will allow roll up of larger impacts, as all components are related in their focus on increasing private sector economic growth. A list of possible outcomes from the M&E was presented (e.g. education and skills attainment, employment outcomes, earnings and wages, job retention and advancement).

Key take away points included the emphasis on the sound practices this new M&E mechanism is based on from monitoring and evaluation experiences with domestic workforce development programs (e.g. national service programs based on a combination of work experiences such as AmeriCorps), the rigorous process used to develop this M&E tool, and its possible use on a larger scale for other developing countries after its trial in Pakistan.

To view the presentations, please click on link below:
Abt 1 : Open
Abt 2 : Open

For questions related to the 2009 Education Workshop,
please contact Rebekah Levi at rlevi@jbsinternational.com