Monitoring and Evaluation Support Activity (MEASURE II) conducted a mid-term performance evaluation of the United States Agency for International Development's Assistance to Citizens in Fight Against Corruption Activity (ACFC) and Investigative Journalism Program (IJP). The evaluation team examined the activities' outcomes during the first two and a half years of implementation. Both activities started in September 2019 and will end in September 2024. The evaluation concluded that the two activities increased citizens' awareness about and confidence in anti-corruption activities of civil society in directly targeted municipalities and awareness about media anti-corruption reporting at a national level. MEASURE II's team also provided recommendations to USAID/BiH regarding potential future funding decisions and program design in anti-corruption interventions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The evaluation addressed the following questions:
1) To what extent have the ACFC and IJP raised public confidence in activism and awareness about civil society and media efforts to fight against corruption?
2) To what extent have the ACFC and IJP improved citizen, media, and other actors’ engagement in anti-corruption activities?
3) To what extent have the ACFC and IJP’s monitoring, advocacy, and investigative journalism efforts resulted in improvements of anti-corruption policies, reporting, and justice response?
The evaluation team employed a rigorous mixed-methods design, including an extensive desk review of the relevant activities’ documentation and secondary data sources, analysis of key informant interviews (KIIs), and focus group discussions (FGDs), as well as three online surveys and one phone survey. To develop credible findings and derive conclusions and recommendations, the evaluation team triangulated data among different sources to cross-validate data and capture different dimensions of the three researched questions.
Evaluation methodology, detailed findings, recommendations, and data collection instruments used for the evaluation are all provided in the final report available below.
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