Program Development Quickly II and III


Client: USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives

Region: Africa, Asia, Europe & Eurasia, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, Global

Country: Afghanistan, Colombia, Cote d'lvoire, Cuba, Egypt, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebannon, Libya, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Service: MEL

Sector: Democracy & Governance

Project Length: PDQ II: May 2008 – May 2013; PDQ III: October 2012 – October 2017


USAID awarded Program Development Quickly II (PDQ II) to QED as the prime contractor through a small business set aside. Under PDQ II, QED provided USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) services, short-term technical assistance, knowledge management resources, personnel development opportunities, and logistical support.
Although QED graduated from its small business classification, QED continues to provide expert services to OTI as a subcontractor through PDQ III. Under PDQ III, the team provides the resources and facilitation expertise to support US foreign policy objectives through short-term technical assistance in conflict, transitional, and post-conflict countries. QED works with the prime contractor and OTI to provide in-country and Washington DC-based fast, flexible program performance support targeted at critical political transition and stabilization needs.   
QED responds to OTI’s PDQ III Task Order needs with expert staff and performance management throughout multiple technical areas and within changing environments.  Our PDQIII team develops OTI’s capacity to continually capture, transfer, and maintain current analysis of data and lessons learned through on the ground and remote improvements to information sharing capacities and learning tools.  QED implements effective tools and practices for each unique OTI programming context to ensure these tools are adaptable to low resource, unstable, and transitioning areas, as well as work to improve OTI program staff development, communication, and management capacity.

Impact to Date

  • Completed 75 task orders and 156 activities
  • Designed and facilitated several strategic review sessions, evaluations, and trainings around the world throughout PDQ II’s term
  • Developed a new OTI Anywhere website under PDQ II that served as OTI’s primary knowledge management platform. Development and management of OTI Anywhere continues under PDQ III
  • Completed Cote d'Ivoire evaluation 
  • Developed OTI learning modules, digital media content, Field and Operation guides, and tutorials 
  • Planned, facilitated, and evaluated OTI’s Worldwide Management Meetings in 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • Provided advanced coding support and website performance improvement to facilitate field team user experiences, content management, and maintenance through OTI Anywhere website platform
  • Reviewed and analyzed Strategic Management Approaches (both programmatic and operational)
  • Facilitated Strategy Review Sessions (SRS) for OTI’s Afghanistan, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Syria Program Offices
  • Completed Tunisia Final Evaluation, a program performance evaluation of the OTI Tunisia Transition Initiative 


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