Evaluating a USAID program to end global hunger

The Challenge 

Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s initiative to end global hunger and strengthen food security. The initiative is tackling the huge problem of global hunger, starting with 20 countries in Asia, Central America, and Africa.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which runs the program, asked Westat to lead an evaluation of the Feed the Future initiative.

Our Solutions 

  • The evaluation program we are heading, called FEEDBACK, collects and shares evidence of effective, sustainable development practices to end hunger. It also promotes the use of those practices.
  • We are evaluating the impact of Feed the Future’s practices in 19 focus countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean to identify and reproduce the most effective strategies.
  • We are equipping program staff and partners in the focus countries with evaluation tools so they can improve their own results. This is known as capacity building.
  • We are leading a team that includes the Technical Assistance to Non-Governmental Organizations (TANGO) International and the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

The Results 

  • Thanks to the work of the FEEDBACK team, USAID may make more investments in resilience programming to help specific communities in Africa become less vulnerable to conditions that may affect them. Resilience programming helps communities mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in their environment.
  • The FEEDBACK team was among the first groups to collect survey data using Android tablets, rather than paper questionnaires, in several countries.
  • Data from the evaluation will help direct policy and intervention decisions concerning Feed the Future’s work in vulnerable countries.

Our Client 

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)