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Local Evaluation and Evidence Support (LEES) Activity

About the Project

The purpose of the Local Evaluation and Evidence Support (LEES) Activity is to identify networks of host country research and evaluation firms that USAID, other international organizations, and local government can engage for evaluation and learning activities; strengthen their technical and organizational capacity; help them market their services to potential clients; and support them as they begin to conduct evaluations and learning activities.

The implementation approach to the LEES activity rests on five guiding principles:

  1. Conducting a thorough market research. Together with our Kenyan partner, Infotrak, LINC will use tested approaches to quickly identify, filter, and vet several hundred organizations across the selected countries.
  2. Promoting localization. LINC will leverage this localization experience to support organizational assessment, strengthening, and advocacy, for instance through our customized assessment tools.
  3. Understanding the System. LINC will use systems approaches to understand the ecosystem in which our partners work and create local demand to sustain the evaluation capacity we will help develop.
  4. Building sustainable networks and communities of practice. – LINC will adapt current approaches in its practice to build collaborative structures on LEES to help local organizations strengthen their networks and market their services.
  5. Supporting local research and evaluation organizations. Collectively, the LINC Consortium has the demonstrated ability to deliver customized capacity-strengthening for local research partners across technical sectors.
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LINC staff meeting with the community in Ethiopia.

The first two years of the project (2023-2025) will focus on four to six countries in Africa, while the last two years (2025-2027) will have a global focus.

LEES is a four-year, $5.1 million USAID Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning’s (USAID/PPL) activity under the Evaluation, Monitoring, and Learning Services (EVAL ME II) IDIQ.

The LEES Activity is implemented by LINC and its partners The Cloudburst Group,  DevLab@Penn, and Kenyan research organization, Infotrak.

This activity is made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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