The United States Agency for International Development Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (USAID/BiH) commissioned the Monitoring and Evaluation Support Activity (MEASURE II) to evaluate the impact and performance of grant assistance to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from 2012 through 2022. The evaluation provides overarching impact estimates and evaluative findings for seven USAID/BiH Activities with a grant component for the MSME sector integrated into their respective contracts/agreements during that time frame, including (a) Fostering Interventions for Rapid Market Advancements (FIRMA), (b) Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity (FARMA), (c) Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity II (FARMA II), (d) Diaspora Invest (DI), (e) Via Dinarica, (f) Via Dinarica II, and (g) Workforce and Higher Access to Markets Activity (WHAM). An assessment of grant support provided to MSMEs by other donors provided information about different grant implementation practices that informed this evaluation. To assess the efficacy and efficiency of using the small grant mechanism for delivering development assistance, the evaluation employed a comprehensive mixed-methods data collection and analysis approach that integrated different data sources and types through methodological triangulation. The evaluation design encompassed both impact and performance evaluation components. Qualitative and quantitative methods were combined for data collection: a desk review of Activities’ documents and secondary data sources, thematic coding of 56 individual and group key informant interviews (KIIs), regression analysis of existing financial data, and descriptive analysis of an online survey of USAID’s grant recipients (hereinafter, survey of USAID’s grantees).

Through the data collection process, the evaluation team reached individuals from USAID, other donors, USAID implementing partners (IPs), other USAID and non-USAID IPs, and grantees (MSMEs and development agencies). The team triangulated data to develop credible findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Primary data was collected from June to October 2023.

The final evaluation report is available below:

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