Delivering Impact
From Opportunity

Delivering Impact
From Opportunity

Development Analytics

We focus on providing responsive, flexible, and results-driven Development Analytics to inform evidence-based and self-reliant program planning, design, and implementation.

  1. Fit-for purpose analytical tools:  Integra is recognized for applying analytical tools that provide strong evidence-based analysis that is academically grounded, field-tested and results-oriented.
  2. Comprehensive data collection:  We apply scientific rigor and cutting-edge technology to provide high-quality and low-cost quantitative and qualitative data collection.  We employ operational capabilities for data collection, enabling us to monitor the quality of incoming data and make real-time changes.
  3. Data synthesis and visualizations:  We can turn complex data and metrics into easy-to-create data visualizations and web-based tools that provide users with the ability to easily capture, understand data.  This includes map-based geospatial data, statistical and quantitative information on graphs and charts and infographics.

Analytical and Support Services:

Country and Regional Strategic Planning – Integra focuses on effective planning efforts to promote country or regional specific policies within the context of donor strategies. Through extensive desk research and field work, Integra helps identify status and needs, key current reform efforts, donor engagement in the sector, and private sector perspectives and initiatives. Based on these findings, Integra provides long-term technical assistance to develop and support programming.

Project Design & Implementation – Sector or geographical specific assessments provide recommendations that aim to improve existing projects and inform designs for future activities. These assessments typically focus on three key tasks:

  • Gauging the effectiveness of current activities.
  • Assessing opportunities to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Developing recommendations for future technical assistance.

Tools & Methods:

We utilize several analytical tools and methodologies favored by USAID, MCC, and other development partners.

Inclusive Growth Diagnostic (IDGs)
Institutional Architecture Assessments
Applied Political Economy Assessments (PEA)
Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Methodologies
Cost-Benefit (CBA) & Cost-Effectiveness (CEA) Analysis

Private Sector Engagement (PSE)

There is growing recognition within the private sector of the need for, and benefits of, investing in developing and emerging markets. Governments are expanding efforts to diversify their economies and connecting with private capital for investment; while the increasing scale, length, and frequency of disasters, conflicts, and pandemics around the world makes it difficult for humanitarian actors alone to address the complex needs of crisis-affected people. Together, these trends provide an opportunity to directly engage with the private sector to support countries on their Journey to Self-Reliance.

Integra implements a range of PSE activities that recognize the roles of both the private sector and development partners as co-creators of development solutions. Our approaches help to increase collaboration with the private sector to create far-reaching development impact.

Integra’s PSE approach includes:

  • Strategically reviewing and mapping private sector landscapes.
  • Devising unique approaches to private sector outreach that accelerate partnerships and investment.
  • Exploring, developing, and testing models and examples of the role PSE can play in improving livelihoods.
  • Conducting market research and delivering cutting-edge digital technologies and innovative market-based solutions to development challenges.
  • Facilitating linkages with (and within) the private sector to support development of inclusive market systems.
  • Developing detailed private sector engagement strategies and action plans for Missions and Bureaus.
  • Identifying and strategically connecting with significant private philanthropic resources.
  • Working directly with Mission staff to incorporate PSE in project co-design and CDCS development.
  • Collaborating with USG inter-agency offices (i.e. Development Finance Corporation) to achieve development objectives with the private sector.
  • Partnering with the private sector to rebuild in post-conflict areas.

Tools & Methods:

  • Private Sector Landscape Assessments
  • Strategy development
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
  • PSE trainings, workshops, and webinars

Feature Stories:

Middle East Bureau Support for Private Sector Engagement (PSE)

Assisting the Government Of Vietnam In Developing New Law On Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

At Integra, we believe that Monitoring and Evaluation lie at the heart of effective international development and humanitarian programs.

Portfolio and Program Evaluation – Integra applies rigor, modern data collection techniques, and a commitment to blended learning to deliver the feedback and information needed to strengthen programing to maximize impact. Integra provides a variety of mixed methodology approaches to inform decisions related to project design, management and operations.  Descriptive, recommendation-focused, and cause-and-effect questions are addressed in the process.

Oversight and Monitoring – Integra understands that relevant indicators, targets, and processes must be put in place during the project development cycle to enable the M&E of programs, and to adjust mid-course as necessary. Further, to assist data reporting, sufficient guidance must be provided for collecting specific indicators to enable subsequent analysis and learning.

Data Collection – Integra employs modern mixed method data collection techniques, including computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) systems and geographic information systems (GIS). We employ mobile devices with offline operational capabilities for data collection, enabling us to regularly monitor the quality of incoming data and make course corrections as necessary. We also offer geospatial analysis and mapping capabilities to supplement and enhance on-the-ground data collection.

Our expertise spans a wide range of M&E activities, tools, and methods including:

  •  Performance Monitoring Systems Support
  •  Portfolio and Program Performance Evaluations
  •  Whole-of-project (WOPE) Evaluations
  •  Impact Evaluations
  •  Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA)
  •  Conducting Inclusive Growth Diagnostics (IGDs)
  •  Building International MEL Systems
  •  Building Local MEL Systems
  •  Facilitating Political Economy Workshops
  •  Integrating Information, Communication and Technology into Program Design
  • Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)

Monitoring and Evaluation Lie at the Heart of Effective International Development

Knowledge Management and Learning (KML)

Integra recognizes that effective knowledge management and learning activities can leverage and enhance the utility of evaluations, research, assessments, and pilots. We identify priority topics of learning and appropriate KML solutions based on the needs of each target audience. By synthesizing, tracking, and reporting project findings, development decisions are better informed and have greater impact.

Integra provides a blended knowledge management and learning approach to facilitate evidence-based decision-making, learning, and adaptive management among our clients. Our blended approach combines independent, virtual, and in-person learning tools, trainings, and techniques to maximize accessibility.

Our approach combines three key elements:

  1.  Independent learning
  2.  Virtual interaction
  3.  In-person engagement

This approach recognizes that individuals have different comfort levels with CLA approaches; some prefer face-to-face interactions or lack the time to participate in online communities, while others prefer access to online resources.

Key tenants of our KML practice include the following values:

  • Building Leadership is an important part of strengthening and institutionalizing CLA and establishing trusting relationships within organizations and beyond with key partners and stakeholders.
  • Facilitating collaboration and leadership opportunities, by building local partnerships and the various roles and functions that may need to play given the importance of leadership and broad engagement.
  • On-the-Job Coaching and Training – Collaboration and learning are worthwhile pursuits, yet those investments will only yield maximum results when an organization systematically applies lessons learned into actionable improvements.
  • Communities of Practice help people to capitalize on different mechanisms for capturing and sharing knowledge and creating spaces of trust for people to share, assist one another through challenges, and stay current in their field.
  • Supporting learning agenda development and refinement to address knowledge gaps. This could include working closely with the client to craft learning questions, developing data collection plans, and implementing activities to address data gaps.

Tools & Methods:

All learning tools and techniques are interactive, adult learning methodologies, and reinforce our core principles of intersectionality, systems-thinking, data-driven decision-making, and local knowledge.

Blended Learning Tools:

Independent Learning Virtual Interaction In-Person Engagement
Downloadable job aidsInteractive e-learning modulesTraining sessions
Reports/ evaluation synthesesWebinarsMission-to-Mission training
Data visualization and infographics Virtual help desksJoint design and delivery models
Videos and podcasts Social Media Participation in knowledge management events
Communities of practice

Enabling Environment Reform

Economic development can be stunted by a lack of governance and enabling policy, unbalanced markets and trade barriers, insufficient capital, relevant workforce capacity, and inconsistent regulation among other things.  We promote enabling environments with sound legal, regulatory, and institutional environments, as they are the prerequisites to inclusive economic growth and self-reliance.

To assess and combat these barriers we apply targeted and customizable analytical tools and implementation support to identify, diagnose, and reform enabling environment constraints that hinder efficient functioning across a number of sectors.  Understanding these constraints is essential to understanding why actors behave the way they do, and reasonably predict how they will behave in response to interventions.  The resulting enabling environment improvements lead to increased investments, job creation, and business growth globally.

Tools & Methods:

Based on the Commercial Legal and Institutional Reform (CLIR) framework, Integra offers several diagnostic tools that examine the systematic limitations that restrict productivity across different sectors, including agriculture, environment and gender.  These tools help with the following:

  1. Understanding the constraints to doing business.
  2. Estimating the scale and nature of impact from business environment reforms on the sector.
  3. Recommending and prioritizing reform activities that fit within investment criteria and that would have the greatest impact on economic growth.
  4. Identifying the scale and difficulty of implementing reforms.

Supporting Inclusive Economic Growth and Promoting Governance Foundations for Investment

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