Niger Threshold Program I Evaluation
The three-year Niger threshold program is designed to improve the countryâ€™s scores on MCC eligibility indicators related to (1) control of corruption, (2) business creation and land rights, and (3) girlsâ€™ primary education. Planned activities include training civil servants to conduct audits and handle public procurement projects, establishing â€œone-stop centersâ€ to provide technical assistance to businesses, developing awareness-raising campaigns to encourage communities to take advantage of land reform, and constructing girl-friendly primary schools.
An impact evaluation of the program is currently being designed, and likely evaluation questions include:
- Does the increased risk of audit result in greater compliance with procurement laws and regulations?
- Do the streamlined processes and improved access to land registration result in increased numbers of registrants and land titles?
- Do the education program interventions result in increases in girlsâ€™ primary education enrollment, attendance and completion rates?
Alternative methodologies to conduct the impact evaluation are still under consideration, but these may include pre-post or interrupted time-series designs for the corruption and land registration components; and randomized roll-out for the girlsâ€™ education interventions.
Since program implementers are still being identified, it is difficult to know when the impact evaluation team will need to conduct independent data collection.