Evaluations of Public Affairs Foreign Assistance Programs in Georgia
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U.S. Evaluations of Public Affairs Foreign Assistance Programs in Georgia

უნიკალური ნომერი: 000944

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Funding Opportunity Number DOS-GEO-21-008-052821
Deadline for Applications: 07/01/2021
Assistance Listing Number: 19.900 — AEECA/ESF PD Programs
Total Amount Available: $120,000

  1. STATEMENT OF WORK

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, is pleased to announce an open competition for evaluations of Public Affairs Foreign Assistance programs in Georgia. U.S. and Georgian non-profit, non-governmental organizations and accredited higher education institutions may submit proposals.

Nature and Purpose of the Evaluation

The purpose of these third-party evaluations is to understand the extent to which programs implemented by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi influence the attitudes, awareness, and actions of their participants. The three programs the Embassy seeks to evaluate include a non-formal youth journalism program, a professional development program for mid-career professionals in the national security sector, and a media education program for university administrators.

The primary audiences for this evaluation are staff members of the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section, and policy makers at the Embassy and in the European Bureau of the U.S. Department of State. They will use the results for the following purposes:

1) Understand how effectively the current program designs achieve the desired results of building skills, developing attitudes, and increasing awareness among participants;

2) Understand the extent to which participants maintain the skills, attitudes and awareness six months after the program’s completion, or twelve months in the case of teacher training program;

3) Understand the extent to which participants implement activities that make use of the expertise they developed through the program beyond its scope; and

4) Understand the extent to which students taught by alumni of the teacher training program achieve higher teaching outcomes in their classroom the following year.

This evaluations will be a joint effort conducted in collaboration with Embassy staff, program implementers, and selected evaluation partner(s), who will have primary responsibility for survey design, data collection, analysis, and report generation. The evaluation partner will need to address geographic and linguistic barriers in data collection. The program evaluations are expected to take two years to fully complete. They will include surveys of program participants and control groups before the new cohorts of participants begin activities around October 1, 2021, when the program activities are concluded, and six months after the program ends. Specific schedules will be developed in consultation between the U.S. Embassy, the program implementor, and the evaluator.

Potential partners may propose to evaluate one or more of the following programs.

Youth Journalism Program

  • Theory of change: Georgia’s diverse religious and ethnic minority (REM) communities are often excluded from social, political, and economic systems that are geared towards ethnic Georgians, making them more vulnerable to malign influences and disinformation. If we teach English language and multi-media journalism skills to youth in REM communities, they will develop the skills to participate in future education, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as increasing their skills and interest in civic engagement and educating them about reliable sources of news and information. These youth will then participate in Georgia’s social, political and economic systems, thereby making them less vulnerable to malign influences and disinformation, and promoting a more inclusive country.
  • Program participants: 75 youth, ages 15-20, from ethnic-Azeri and ethnic-Armenian communities in Akhalkalaki, Ninotsminda, Marneuli, Khuldara, and Kvemo Sarali.
  • Program activities: Each student will participate in approximately 273 hours of structured activities over the course of nine months, including: 129 hours of multi-media storytelling and journalism classes; 24 hours of pitch training; and 120 hours of English lessons.
  • Anticipated Short-Term outcomes: Participants will develop journalism production skills, become more committed to using reliable media sources, develop stronger English language skills, enabling them to communicate and consume media in English.
  • Anticipated Long-Term outcomes: After the program ends, participants will maintain their resilience to disinformation and English language skills. They will also seek out opportunities to engage with Georgians outside their ethnic minority communities through vocational or higher education, through civil society engagement, or though professional activities.

Evaluation questions:

  • Does program participation cause changes in knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are aligned with program goals, including:
  • Stronger English-language communication skills?
  • Journalism production and storytelling skills?
  • Greater resilience to disinformation narratives?
  • Do participants maintain those skills and attitudes six months after completing the program? Are they more likely than non-participants to have:
  • Maintained or furthered their English language skills?
  • Maintained or further developed their resilience to disinformation narratives?
  • Lead or be involved in civic engagement activities, including multi-media storytelling or community journalism?
  • Pursue educational, professional or civil society opportunities that involve Georgians outside their ethnic community?

Sampling:

  • Treatment Group: Program participants (75)
  • Control Group: Non-Participants (75), youth of the same age and from the same communities as participants

National Security Studies Program

  • Theory of change: If we strengthen the professionalism of mid-level government officials by exposing them to Western approaches to public policy development, then they become leaders within their chosen fields and better implement the changes required to achieve Western integration.
  • Program participants: 25-30 mid-level government officials working in roles related to national security.
  • Program activities: Participants attend seminars, participate in discussions, and write opinion papers on non-military aspects of national security.
  • Anticipated short-term outcomes: Mid-career government and non-government representatives learn Western approaches to national security, international relations, economics, and public policy issues to build subject-matter expertise and raise the level of public discourse on critical issues.
  • Anticipated long-term outcomes: Participants advance in their careers and integrate what they have learned in the program into their work, which advances Western integration of Georgia’s national security sector.

Evaluation questions:

  • Does program participation cause changes in knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are aligned with program goals, including a:
  • Stronger commitment to Western integration?
  • Better understanding of Western approaches to national security, international relations, economics, and public policy?
  • Network of professionals within the Georgian National Security establishment who are advancing Western integration?
  • Do participants maintain those skills and attitudes six months after completing the program? Are they more likely than non-participants to have:
  • Maintained their commitment to Western integration?
  • Made efforts to advance Western integration in their work?
  • Advanced professionally within the National Security establishment?

Sampling:

  • Treatment Group 1: 25-30 participants in the program.
  • Control Group: 25-30 mid-level government officials who were not selected for the program.

Media Education Program

  • Theory of change: If U.S.-based workshops and reciprocal visits/trainings are implemented to help support the professional development and teaching capacity of media educators from Georgia, the Georgian educators will develop the skills and knowledge to help establish an updated, vibrant journalism workforce in Georgia, as well as increase the ability for the country to maintain a free, open press and accountable democracy.
  • Program participants: 18 administrators and educators from Georgian universities with journalism and media education programs.
  • Program activities: Participants will travel to the United States and engage with U.S. media educators on a two-week study tour. US Media professors will pay a reciprocal visit to Georgia to assess the progress of the MEP and provide additional consultations/trainings.
  • Anticipated short-term outcomes: Professional capacity of Georgian media educators will be enhanced by introducing them to best practices of journalism education in the United States, as well as providing hands-on education on emerging media tools, digital platforms, and practices.
  • Anticipated long-term outcomes: Quality of journalism education in Georgian universities will be improved through strengthening existing programs, introducing new courses and creating a community of Georgian media educators who have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to manage student-centered journalism classes that promote the tenants of a free, open, and unbiased media.

Evaluation questions:

  • Does program participation cause changes in knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are aligned with program goals, including a:
  • Better understanding of contemporary content taught in American journalism schools, including quality textbooks, syllabi samples, effective assignments, and best practices in teaching and learning, especially online course design and delivery?
  • Effective use of the latest teaching methods, laboratories, technologies and digital platforms in journalism education presented by American faculty?
  • Do participants maintain those skills and attitudes six months after completing the program? Are they more likely than non-participants to have:
  • Improved skills and pedagogical knowledge to increase the effectiveness of their teaching through the use of best practices?
  • Better understanding of the concepts of a free press, the First Amendment, and media ethics taught at American universities and exercised by professional journalists in the field?
  • Implemented changes in program structures, curriculum or teaching methods to use American approaches introduced during the program?

Sampling:

  • Treatment Group: 18 program participants
  • Control Group: 18 media educators and administrators who were not selected for the program.


წყარო: U.S. Embassy

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