MSP supplements existing USAID/Afghanistan monitoring efforts and functions as a part of a multi-tiered approach to the verification and monitoring of USAID projects in eastern Afghanistan. Technical officers in the USAID Mission use the information gathered and reported by MSP to inform their decision-making processes in managing USAID implementing partner performance in Afghanistan.
QED partners with other MSP task order holders to collect data and provide third party monitoring to USAID-funded projects throughout Afghanistan. The monitored projects are implemented through USAID contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements, as well as “on-budget assistance,” which is implemented directly through ministries of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA).
- Provide USAID/Afghanistan with sufficient, accurate, and verified information on the progress of its projects operating in eastern Afghanistan.
- Use several methods to improve data quality and verification accuracy such as reviewing Geographical Information System (GIS) imagery to determine accuracy of project locations using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, and ensuring that all monitoring instruments are easily understood and comprehended uniformly across all languages used.
- Data Collectors continue to receive continuous training as needed to adapt to the unstable security environment on the ground and ensure that collection methods are up to quality standards set by QED and USAID.
- Established a cloud-based data storage system for the electronic capture of collected data. QED developed a database where the data is uploaded and stored.
Read more about this project in a feature in the USAID FrontLines publication