The Division's evaluation projects are large-scale, 18-to-24 month studies designed to assess outcome achievement and long-term impacts, with respect to overall State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and program goals. The evaluations are retrospective, examine cross-cutting themes, and employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including surveys, focus groups, interviews, and document review.
African Women Entrepreneurship Program/IVLP (AWEP)
Since its inception in 2010, the International Visitors Leadership Program’s three-week African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) has assisted over 181 African women to enhance or gain business skills. The program draws women from 48 Sub-Saharan African countries. This retrospective evaluation of AWEP participants investigates the effects of the program on participants’ leadership roles after their return back to their home country. The evaluation analyzes the program’s efficacy to increase advocacy and empowerment of African women and their capacity to develop new markets both in their region and within the U.S., and to serve as force multipliers in their community to increase social responsibility and economic development. The ECA Evaluation Division has hired a contracting firm, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) to conduct an independent evaluation of AWEP.
Fulbright Foreign Graduate Students in the STEM Fields and the Lab to Market Enrichment Seminars
Fellowships for foreign fellows in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have been a central part of the Fulbright Program since the Fulbright Hayes Act was enacted in 1946. Since 2007, the Fulbright Foreign Graduate Student Program has selected groups of fellows in the STEM fields to participate in Lab to Market Seminars on topics such as Science Technology and Entrepreneurship; Agriculture, Health, and Environmental Sciences; Public Health; Energy and the Environment. This retrospective evaluation of the program covering participants during the years 2007 to 2011 will investigate how the seminars have served to expose fellows to scientific innovations through the talks and presentations, opportunities to meet with experts, and visits to leading companies and organizations. The evaluation seeks to understand how this experience may have influenced fellows’ activities after the program, and if there is evidence of ongoing collaboration with U.S. institutions and/or scientists. The primary purpose of the study is to understand how the Lab to Market Seminars and the Fulbright experience overall have contributed to participants’ work, research, and other ongoing efforts to impact development issues in their home countries. The Division has commissioned ICF International to conduct the evaluation.
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship
This groundbreaking evaluation applies a sectoral approach to investigate the impact that Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program participants have had in the fields of environment, law and human rights, and public health regionally or in their home countries. Each year since 1978 approximately 160 Humphrey Fellows are funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to engage in non-degree study and associated professional experiences at one of 15 selected American universities. The purpose of this evaluation is to examine the effectiveness of the Humphrey Program in fostering change or institutional and organizational capacity building in three critical fields: environment, law and human rights, and public health. The evaluation will endeavor to collect information from fellows from all years, stretching back to the late 1970s, thus offering in-depth analysis of how the Humphrey Program is a catalyst for change. The Evaluation Division is working with Social Solutions International (SSi) to conduct the evaluation.