Integra’s team of economists and researchers produce high quality, insightful reports that are useful in supporting development assistance programs. A wide variety of analytical services are offered, with specific emphasis on the following:
Integra is a pioneer in applying the Growth Diagnostics methodology to US-government funded development programming. We have implemented the methodology, which was used as part of the US government’s Partnership for Growth Initiative, in data poor environments, and we are developing tools to be used at the sectoral level. Growth Diagnostics, also called Constraints Analysis, is a prioritization tool. It identifies the 2-3 “most binding” constraints to growth in each specific context, and is therefore helpful for targeting limited development resources on the areas where the best results are likely to be obtained. Integra recently led the implementation of a Growth Diagnostic study of Niger for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and has engaged in similar work in Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, and Mali, among others.
The practice of Knowledge Management (KM) has been important in international development since the field came into being in the middle of the 20th century. But Integra offers a new perspective on this old area of work. By incorporating professionally designed web interfaces, dynamic databases, interactive media, and modern communications campaigns Integra ensures that a project’s lessons are not just widely shared, but stored in a way that they can be conveniently accessed and used. As part of the Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) IQC Integra is leading USAID’s KM program in the ICT for Development space by creating and managing an agency-wide ICT4D platform.
Monitoring and Evaluation
An important area of analytical work is in determining the impact that various interventions can make. Integra approaches evaluations from a rigorous statistical perspective. We are currently assisting the Government of Ghana to evaluate its strategy of increasing ICT access through Community Information Centers by designing a 5,000 household survey, providing guidance on its implementation, and contributing to the analysis of its results.
Evaluations such at this are often facilitated by efficient monitoring systems and frameworks that allow performance data to be collected from disparate parties in a straightforward way. Integra works with host country governments and local institutions to design M&E systems and frameworks, and is particularly experienced in this work in the Climate Change and in the Natural Resource Management space.
Sector Assessments and Strategy
As part of its sectoral practice areas, Integra conducts analytical assessments on a regular basis. For USAID we have conducted ICT sector assessments in Colombia, Guatemala, and Bangladesh, as well as an assessment of Indonesia’s Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund. We have significant experience in taking these assessments though stakeholder review processes and turning them into recommended strategies, including with Indonesia’s USO Fund and Kenya’s national broadband strategy.