Evaluation of USAID ASPIRE Activity in Malawi
EnCompass conducted an external performance evaluation of Empowering Girls through Education and Health (ASPIRE), a 4-year USAID activity implemented by Save the Children in Malawi. ASPIRE, which began in 2014, aims to improve girls’ academic achievement and empowerment through innovative, cross-sectoral interventions addressing education, health, and structural and cultural factors that influence girls’ performance. ASPIRE will reach 182,000 girls aged 10 to 19.
The evaluation used a mixed-method design to capture what achievements were occurring and why and how change was unfolding. EnCompass’ utilization-focused approach engaged key stakeholders in evaluation planning, validation of the findings, and development of recommendations. Quantitative tools were designed to analyze trends over time, and included an oral reading assessment, a knowledge, attitudes, and practices survey questionnaire for students, a head-teacher questionnaire, and a school-based checklist examining water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure. Qualitative methods comprised focus group discussions and key informant interviews with students, school staff, USAID and ASPIRE personnel, NGO partners, healthcare providers, community groups, and government officials. EnCompass collected data from more than 1,000 quantitative respondents and more than 100 qualitative interviews and focus groups.
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