At a Glance
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Project Time Frame:
Rwanda: Reducing Poverty Through Economic Growth
As part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation's mandate to reduce poverty through economic growth, its threshold programs assist countries that are near eligibility for large-scale Millennium Challenge Account grants, or compacts. Threshold program assistance helps countries address areas for improvement indicated by their scores on policy indicators in three categories—ruling justly, investing in people, and encouraging economic freedom.
Mathematica is designing a rigorous and timely evaluation of these activities to determine their effectiveness for participants and others. Potential methodologies include a comparison group design for the police complaint filing system, pre-post surveys assessing the reach of new community radio stations, a pairwise random selection design for the local civic participation program (where training activities were randomly assigned to half of Rwanda’s 30 districts in the program’s first year), and qualitative designs for several additional program components. To carry out these options, we have proposed conducting a national survey of households on civic participation issues and perceptions of the police, media, and other institutions.
"Evaluation of the Rwanda Threshold Program: Baseline Report" (October 2011)