Ongoing Evaluations

Share

The MELI Unit conducts numerous evaluations per year to inform stakeholders of both ECA program successes as well as areas where modifications may be necessary. To increase the utility of ECA evaluation reports, MELI works closely with program offices to select programs for evaluation and continually engages them throughout the evaluation process. This collaboration ensures the evaluations are useful to the program teams and provides early insight into findings.

Ongoing Evaluations
+

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) is a scholarship program jointly funded and administered by the governments of the United States and Germany.  CBYX provides year-long academic, homestay, and community service opportunities for American and German high school students, vocational school graduates, and young professionals. The program is designed to strengthen ties between youth, improve their career skills through formal study and work experience, and expand their perspectives and awareness of culture, society, history and politics.  The purpose of this evaluation is to assess short- and long-term outcomes for American CBYX participants, and the effect of the program on American communities which hosted German participants.

If you want to share your experience with CBYX please click here.

+

Habla Ingles

In late 2019, U.S. Embassy Quito (Ecuador) partnered with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and implementing partner Experiment in International Living Ecuador (EIL Ecuador) to design and implement Ecuador Habla Inglés, a flagship English program that expands and amplifies the reach of Public Diplomacy English programming dollars by improving the competency of English teachers, thereby improving the English ability of more students across Ecuador.  This evaluation will explore the Habla Inglés program effects and outcomes on public school English language teachers and their students since the program’s inception in 2019.  The evaluation will provide evidence to inform programmatic decision-making to the U.S. embassy Quito to inform the design, implementation, and improvement of Habla Inglés.  The findings will also provide critical information to the Department of State, the U.S. Congress, and other stakeholders such as the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education. (Expected Completion: September 2022)

+

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

YSEALI is designed to strengthen leadership development across the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Timor-Leste, deepen engagement with young leaders aged 18-25 on key regional and global challenges, and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and Southeast Asia.  The focus of this evaluation is the YSEALI Academic Fellowship, which includes the YSEALI educational exchange portion of the YSEALI program, covering themes of civic engagement, environment, and social entrepreneurship and economic development.  This evaluation will explore the program’s effects and outcomes since its inception in 2013, with focus on alumni short- and long-term outcomes in areas including skill-building and professional advancement.  The evaluation will also assess the strength and sustainability of professional and educational networks created by the program, the extent these networks have been leveraged by Fellows to achieve outcomes, and the results of the program on educational trajectories and professions.  The evaluation will employ a mixed-methods design that includes complexity-aware methods, aiming to tease out the trends in outcomes and the variable cause-and-effect relationships behind them. (Expected Completion: June 2022)

Please send questions and comments to ecaevaluation@state.gov.