Group discussions and household survey for Pakistan Transition Initiative (PTI) Final Performance Evaluation



Project location: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA

Project start and end dates: September 2018 – March 2019

Project description

BEFARe team under the banner of GEMMO – which is a spin-off and sister organization of BEFARe – conducted final performance evaluation of the Pakistan Transition Initiative (PTI) program – implemented by USAID / Pakistan’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in 23 districts / agencies of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) i.e. in FATA (Kurram, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, North Waziristan, and South Waziristan agencies and Frontier Regions (FRs) of D.I. Khan, Kohat, LakiMarwat, Peshawar, Tank, and Bannu) and in KP (Bannu, Hangu, LakiMarwat, Lower Dir, Malakand, Swat, Upper Dir, Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar and Tank districts). The program supported the Government of Pakistan (GoP) by means of small and short term grants to improve infrastructure and service delivery in education, health and economic growth sectors. Over its 11- year history, the program had implemented over 3,000 infrastructure and non-infrastructure activities.

Under the intervention, BEFARe team under the banner of GEMMO, conducted a total of 4,194 household interviews from a total of 233 communities in the target areas using random survey method (approximately 70 percent (2,796) of the sample were men and 30 percent (1,398) were women. These interviews were conducted in person at respondents’ residences and consisted of a mixture of close ended and open ended questions.

Under the project, BEFARe team also conducted a total of 40 group discussions with the targeted communities of former FATA and KP for qualitative analysis of the data and to triangulate survey findings. Each group was comprised of four to six community members and focused on themes related to the Pakistan Transition Initiative (PTI) program.

Apart from group discussions and household survey, BEFARe team also conducted approx. 160 Key Informant Interviews (KII’s) with relevant stake holders for their valuable input on the overall program, its achievements and recommendations for future improvement. The overall objective of the whole intervention was to undertake the final performance evaluation of the program to (a) assess the extent to which the program successfully achieved its primary objectives, (b) identify which program components were most successful to achieving those objectives, and (c) document how the program objectives contributed to longer-term engagement between the GoP and the communities.

FATA Baseline and Perception Survey

Project start and end dates :  2008 

Project description

In order to ascertain the perception of native tribesmen and women regarding the quality and pace of development initiatives by the government in their respective areas, BEFARe launched survey in February 2008 and completed the FATA Baseline and Perception Survey in all the seven tribal agencies and six FRs successfully in October 2008. The survey was conducted to observe the perception of tribesmen and women vis-à-vis their development on behalf of government of Pakistan. BEFARe male and female surveyors implemented individual and group questionnaires across 35 villages in each tribal agency and 10 villages in an FR. A total of 12502 questionnaires were filled during the survey in a span of nine months with 156 enumerators participating in the survey.BEFARe gender-balanced teams implemented survey across tribal belt except in Bajaur, North and South Waziristan agencies, where female surveyors were replaced with male members to avoid backlash from extremists. The teams had requested to drop females as their movement for survey was virtually impossible in respective agencies

Third Party Validation of Literacy For All (LFA)

Project location: NWFP
Project start and end dates: 2006 (Mar 06-April 06) 30 days

Project description

This was a validation survey wherein BEFARe evaluated the literacy centers of Elementary Education Foundation (EEF) with regard to its implementation responsibilities, achievements and learners outputs. The exercise was undertaken in NWFP in 2006. BEFARe carried out stratified random sampling survey of 10-15% literacy centers (covering both male and female) in three regions of NWFP i.e. Central, Southern and Northern where the number of LCs was 1,201, 1,325 and 1,413 respectively. A total of 591 out of 3, 939 LCs were selected for this study. A detailed evaluation survey report was prepared and submitted with the survey findings and recommendations to EEF.