Research & Evaluation Projects

Through its International Research and Evaluation programme, Keno Institute of Training and Research has been conducting project evaluation activities in more than 5 low- and middle-income countries around the world, including evaluations of interventions in Agriculture, Mining, Gender, Education, Health, and Early Child Development, among others.

Most of these evaluations are conducted using mixed methods approaches. Selected projects:

Evaluation of the Phase 2 EI and Gender Project funded by the Hewlett Foundation- March to May 2021, under way

KENO Institute recently implemented US-Oxfam’s Phase 2 Extractive Industries and Gender project, in Zambia and Domican Republic. This involved data collection, management, analysis, and report generation for both countries. The study employed feminist approaches such as the Gender Transformation Framework (also referred to as the “Gender at Work Framework) and Longwe Empowerment Framework which was developed by the Zambian gender activist Sara Longwe during the 1990s. The objectives of the evaluation were

  • To assess Phase 2 contributions to multi-causal transformational outcomes in individuals, organizations and networks.
  • To review GAL change project results and progress prioritized by Gender Action Learning participants during Phase.
  • The review the effectiveness of Phase 2 project design and components – “the model”, including GAL, research, learning events and MEL
COVID-19 Impact Evaluation   – FSD Zambia- August 2020

In August 2020, the KENO Institute team assessed the impact of COVID-19 on FSD Zambia’s implementation of technical programs. The objective of this assignment was to design and implement an internally driven impact assessment of COVID-19 on FSD Zambia programmes specifically the log frame targets and workplans for the FY 2020/2021 in the short term and beyond in the long term. The specific objectives were to evaluate:

  • The short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 on the implementation of FSD Zambia programmes.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the achievements of the targets for the programme.
  • The measures that are being put in place by staff to ensure that FSD Zambia remains true to its mandate; and 
  • Challenges and opportunities, learnings and best practices that can be shared internally and externally.
Evaluation of Spill over effects of COVID-19 on the Agricultural Finance Sector in Malawi and Zambia- currently under way- 2021

KENO Institute is highly experienced in conducting agriculture related assessments in Zambia focusing on Agricultural Value Chains including both the demand and supply side of Agricultural Financing through selected financial service providers and farmers, farmer organisations and agri-business Enterprises. We are currently conducting an Agriculture focused assessment for GIZ in Malawi and Zambia in collaboration with the Institute of Social & Policy Research based in Malawi.

M&E Results Framework – Kafue George Regional Training Centre – August 2020

Keno Institute conducted a customized training for members of staff and supported the development of an M&E System. The objectives of the assignment included;

  • Help the team understand the essentials of M&E, how to design and implement an M&E system and the factors involved in monitoring the implementation of a strategic plan
  • Know where and how M&E fits within the organisational framework and strategies for successful integration
  • Design data collection tools, analyse, interpret and report on performance
  • Design monitoring systems incorporating routine and ad-hoc data collection and reporting techniques
  • Set objectives and design performance indicators and apply M&E techniques to the measurement of outcomes
  • Create and deliver outcome focused data-based reports that provide value-for-money solutions

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