This is Addendum #8 for this BAA.
Expression of Interest indicating the research or development idea which will work towards discovering potential solutions is required before submitting a white paper or proposal.
The USAID BAA states the following:
USAID is seeking partners who have the ability to transform the way USAID understands the success or failure of innovations and scaling efforts around them:
Processes: Planning for and implementing adaptive and/or iterative MERL programming that allows and promotes early and mid-course corrections through effective learning feedback loops; Development and management of successful peer-to-peer networks in the MERL space
Monitoring: Design and implementation of complex program monitoring systems that will allow for rapid feedback loops and synchronize monitoring with the pace of change; Develop monitoring tools that emphasize verification and contribution to impact.
Scaling: Helping establish/understand the “tipping point” of scaling efforts; Helping understand the many complex enabling external and internal factors at all stages of innovations; Pathways analysis
Systems Thinking: Complex systems, outcome, and network mapping, modeling, and simulation for decision-making; Collective impact approaches and contribution analysis
Evaluation and Research: Rapid and flexible survey data collection and design; Economic analyses (i.e. cost-benefit analysis, cost-effective analysis, etc.); Performance, impact, and developmental evaluations; Testing the validity of theories of change, hypotheses, and assumptions embedded in strategy-level results frameworks and project level Logical Frameworks; Lean, agile, flexible and participatory evaluation and research approaches; Conceptual and/or computational systems maps, models, and/or simulation to assist in decision-making for planning and implementation of development interventions
Submission start with a 1,000 word expression of interest that gives the submitters approach to MERL. The due date for expression of interests is 11:59 pm ET on April 27, 2015. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.