The ECA Evaluation Division conducts, on average, 3 evaluations per year utilizing the services of an external contracting firm to inform program teams of both successes as well as areas where modifications may be necessary. While including some information on process and implementation, our evaluations generally focus on what long-term outcomes have been achieved.
Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program
In support of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) established the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program in 2019. AWE provides women entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and networks needed to start and scale successful businesses. During its inaugural year, more than 2,000 women across 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, as well as Spain and Papua New Guinea, graduated from the AWE program. As a result of its first-year success, AWE is expanding in 2020 to more than 50 countries worldwide to reach more women and maximize impact. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine how successful AWE is in meeting program aims by assessing and identifying: (1) the impact of AWE on program alumnae and their businesses, (2) if and how AWE furthers networks between participants and other ECA alumni, and (3) best practices and lessons learned for future cohorts of the program.
TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities. Since 2011, more than 700 women from Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Yemen and Zimbabwe have participated in TechWomen. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the strength and sustainability of professional networks created by the program and the extent to which these networks have been leveraged for collaborations between Alumnae to enact change. The evaluation will be completed by May 2021 to incorporate lessons for the launch of the second decade of TechWomen.
The TechGirls Program is a four-week international summer exchange program that is based in the Washington D.C. area and is designed to empower and inspire young women from the Middle East, North Africa (MENA), Central Asia Region (CAR), and the United States to pursue higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through hands-on skills development training with American technologists. Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored teenage girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Yemen, and the United States. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine how successful TechGirls is in meeting program aims and will explore the outcomes of MENA region alumnae. This evaluation will also assess the strength and sustainability of professional and educational networks created by the program, the extent these networks have been leveraged for collaborations to enact change, and the impact of the program on educational trajectories and professions. This evaluation will cover 2012-2019 alumnae cohorts from the MENA region, totaling 239 alumnae (Expected completion: June 2021).
American Spaces are inviting, open-access learning and gathering places around the world that promote interaction among local communities and the United States in support of U.S. foreign policy. Today, there are approximately 640 American Spaces around the world, which have been visited by 68 million people. American Spaces provide cultural and educational programming and services in accordance with a set of standards. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine how successful the American Spaces Program is in meeting Program aims and contributing to core programming areas, identifying best practices, and developing metrics and reporting mechanisms for continuous evaluation and program improvement that can be easily implemented by Office of American Spaces stakeholders worldwide. The evaluation will examine 18 American Spaces in 12 countries.