Research & Evaluation

A Comprehensive Toolkit

Jbara associates have been called on by clients from United States federal agencies to international organizations to efficiently design, execute, and disseminate results from research and evaluation to enable them to address their toughest challenges.

Jbara offers a full suite of innovative and flexible methodologies and has particular expertise in applying these methods creatively to match the specific need and audience. We help clients develop measurable indicators, rigorous information collection, insightful performance analysis, and program effectiveness to drive informed decisions on issues that matter profoundly to their success.

Jbara supports clients with formative and summative program evaluation to help them shape, improve, and transform programs for greater effectiveness. Whether performing an insightful, early-stage evaluation or a data-rich, long-term evaluation, Jbara applies highly rigorous methodologies to help clients determine how a program measures up and find methods by which clients can improve programs.

At Jbara we know the same toolkit does not address the program evaluation needs of every client. 

For our tailored, unique program evaluations, Jbara uses a combination of traditional and state-of-the-art analytic methods and tools, including:

  • Evaluability assessments
  • Implementation evaluation
  • Logic models
  • Program content reviews
  • Randomized control trials
  • Propensity score matching
  • Research framework advice
  • Single-case designs
  • Quantitative analysis of designs
  • Synthesis of mixed-method research
  • Case studies
  • Ethnographic studies
  • Social network analysis
  • Secondary data research

In addition, our robust and targeted focus group research capabilities can help identify efficiencies and gaps and obtain results in a matter of weeks. Jbara’s experience with implementation or process evaluation allows clients to develop a program iteratively and make midcourse corrections.

Our program evaluation services also include monthly evaluation briefings, continuous data quality reports, reports to agencies and governments, and utilization products geared to multiple audiences, including the people directly implementing programs, to empower change.

Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Building

Jbara enables clients to build capacity in program monitoring and evaluation in areas such as public health, social services, and education, determining performance indicators and standardized data elements.

Building capacity in monitoring and evaluation in organizations and individuals allows maximum resource use, particularly when establishing programs in challenging environments such as developing countries. Jbara’s experience in these circumstances—and our innovative and flexible approach to monitoring and evaluation—benefits clients seeking to build these internal capacities and helps clients keep their programs on target.

We train clinical staff, field workers, and trainers within organizations to define and implement studies and evaluations that are meaningful and lead to actionable results and improved outcomes. At the organizational level Jbara helps define evaluation needs and plans for implementation.

In addition to training and technical assistance for building monitoring and evaluation capacity, Jbara provides strategic services to help clients:

  • Manage change and communicate developments to grantees or awardees
  • Adjust data collection systems or indicators to reflect program changes
  • Produce report snapshots to show continued progress
  • Leverage existing resources to expand capacity in monitoring and evaluation
  • Successfully implement school improvement and reform initiatives