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Jordan MESP Final Report

Jordan Monitoring and Evaluation Support Program Final Report (October 2019)

USAID & Management System International (Tetra Tech company)

As USAID Monitoring and Evaluation Support Program (MESP)'s local partner, Mindset actively contributed to USAID's MEL initiatives in Jordan. Our team played a pivotal role in 17 evaluations, encompassing 15 performance evaluations and 2 impact evaluations. Collaborating with MESP, Mindset engaged in significant data collection, analysis, and provided strategic recommendations across various sectors such as education, fiscal reform, water management, and gender equality. Mindset involvement proved to be instrumental in shaping evidence-based decision-making for sustainable development outcomes.

USAID General Population Survey in Jordan (Round 1)

Jordan General Population Survey - Round 1 (2018)

USAID & Management System International (Tetra Tech company)

This report presents the 2018 General Population Survey findings implemented by USAID/Jordan Monitoring and Evaluation Support Project (MESP). The nationally representative survey, implemented by Mindset, was designed to support USAID/Jordan learning and decision-making by providing an in-depth understanding of the context in which projects and activities are implemented. The survey provides critical data on key international economic and social development indicators. In particular, the report presents survey findings related to USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance metrics, reflecting a country’s ability to plan, finance, and implement solutions to address its development challenges.

National Study on Violence Against Children in Jordan

National Study on Violence Against Children in Jordan (2019-2020)


This report summarizes the results of the Violence Against Children Study (VACS) in Jordan for 2019-2020, implemented by the National Council for Family Affairs and UNICEF Jordan, with the support of Mindset. It sheds light on the societal practices and trends relating to violence against children, including prevalence, forms, frequency and perpetrators of violence. The study reveals the severity of the problem in Jordan, with 75% of children aged between 8 and 17 stating that they have experienced at least one form of physical violence in their lifetime. Parents and siblings were found to be the most common perpetrators. In addition, nearly 60% indicated that they have been victims of psychological violence at least once in their lifetime.

GAGE Baseline Report

Adolescent Well-Being in Jordan: Exploring Gendered Capabilities, Contexts and Change Strategies - A Synthesis Report on GAGE Jordan Baseline Findings (October 2019)

Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) & Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

This report relies on baseline evidence gathered by Mindset between 2018 and 2019 for Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE). GAGE is implementing a unique longitudinal mixed-methods research and impact evaluation study, focusing on 'what works' to enable adolescent girls and boys to emerge from poverty and fast-track social change for young people, their families and communities. The report synthesizes findings about adolescent girls’ and boys’ capabilities across six key domains: (1) education and learning; (2) health, nutrition, and sexual and reproductive health (SRH); (3) bodily integrity and freedom from violence; (4) psychosocial well-being; (5) voice and agency; and (6) economic empowerment. It concludes with policy and programming implications viewed through a multidimensional capability lens.

UNICEF Annual Report 2017 (Jordan)

UNICEF Annual Report 2017 (Jordan)


In 2017, amid the ongoing Syrian crisis and economic challenges in Jordan, UNICEF prioritized aiding vulnerable children, particularly in poor host communities. This report showcases the various efforts implemented by UNICEF to implement aid services, build resilience, and reduce inequality in Jordan. One of these initiatives includes the implementation of over 200 Makani centers offering child protection, psychosocial support, and education activities. Mindset supported the Makani Programme by conducting frequent monitoring of Syrian refugee families, to generate evidence on the dynamic socioeconomic status of this segment of the population in Jordan. The report also announces the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan which will emphasize multisectoral approaches, gender equality, and strategic partnerships to enhance child rights realization in Jordan.

Final Performance Evaluation of the JLGF

Final Performance Evaluation of the Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility (JLGF) (September 2016)

USAID & Management System International (Tetra Tech company)

This report presents findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the final performance evaluation of the Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility (JLGF), a five-year cooperative agreement between USAID, the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and Global Communities. USAID awarded Global Communities approximately US$9.3 million in 2011 to provide technical assistance to partner banks and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Jordan to increase their access to finance. JLGF’s approach has been to lower the risk of lending to Jordanian SMEs through the loan guarantee while also building the capacity of banks to properly review and approve qualified SME loan applications in line with international best practices. Mindset contributed to the study by managing a data collection exercise with SMEs owners, to assess the outcome of the small loans facility on their businesses.

My Needs, Our Future - Baseline Study Report Hajati

My Needs, Our Future - Baseline Study Report for Hajati Cash Transfer (March 2018)


UNICEF's Hajati program, initiated in the 2017/18 school year in Jordan, focuses on an equity-driven and integrated social protection approach, benefiting more than 50,000 children in Jordan. The 'Cash Plus' strategy, complemented by other various services, aims to reduce school dropout rates and address multi-sectorial vulnerabilities by delivering cash assistance to vulnerable families across Jordan. The baseline report sheds light on challenges and emphasizes the need for ongoing support. Mindset played a crucial role in data collection and analysis, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of community needs for an effective program implementation.

Final Report Summative Impact Evaluation UNICEF Makani

Final Report: Summative Impact Evaluation of the UNICEF Jordan Makani Programme


The report documents the impact evaluation results of the UNICEF Makani (“My Space” in Arabic) Programme, an intervention supporting vulnerable children in Jordan. Makani combines educational support, community-based child protection services, early childhood development, adolescent and youth participation, as well as skills development. The study was conducted by Samuel Hall in 2021, supported by Mindset, who led fieldwork and data collection activities. The evaluation confirmed the high relevance of the program for its beneficiaries. The findings confirmed numerous positive effects on the individual and community levels, including increased school performance, emotional well-being, and social cohesion.

The Syrian Refugee Life Study - First Glance (February 2022)

The Syrian Refugee Life Study - First Glance (February 2022)

University of California - Berkeley

This research paper presents descriptive statistics from the first results of the Syrian Refugee Life Study, a longitudinal study launched by the University of California - Berkeley in 2020 that tracks a representative sample of 2,500 registered Syrian refugee households in Jordan. Mindset has been supporting this project by collecting quantitative data from participants living in camps and host communities across the country. The findings point to a lack of basic service access, housing quality, and educational attainment for the Syrian refugee population, in comparison to non-refugees. In addition to larger gender disparities in terms of income, employment, prevalence of child marriage, and gender attitudes compared to the non-refugee population. The document also shows that most Syrian refugees had not recovered economically from COVID-19 and it reveals that mental health problems were common for Syrian refugees in 2020, with depression indicated among over 61 percent of the population.

RAMP Impact Evaluation Final Report (September 2019)

RAMP Impact Evaluation Final Report (September 2019)

USAID & Management System International (Tetra Tech company)

This report details the findings of the impact evaluation of the Early Grade Reading and Math Project (RAMP). Funded by USAID, RAMP was implemented from 2015 to 2019 with the following main goals: 1) improving teaching and learning by introducing new materials and curricula; 2) improving teacher and administrator instructional practices through pre-service and in-service training, mentoring and supervision; 3) community engagement activities; and 4) support for Jordan’s Ministry of Education efforts to institutionalize early grade reading and math policies, standards, and assessment. The evaluation measured the impact of the intervention on teacher practices and student learning, through data collection and class observations conducted by Mindset. The report outlines recommendations for the program's design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.

UK aid’s approach to youth employment in the MENA

UK aid’s Approach to Youth Employment in the Middle East and North Africa (July 2021)

UK's Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)

Mindset helped develop the "Youth Voice" component of this research project in the MENA region, aiming at reviewing the UK's Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)'s activities in the field of youth employment. In Jordan, Mindset's assignment included conducting eight focus group discussions and eight individual case studies with young beneficiaries. While the UK's aid efforts in the MENA region address relevant economic and fragility challenges, the study reveals gaps, such as overlooking cultural barriers. Mindset's work aimed at shedding light on the impact of these gaps, emphasizing the importance of clearer program outcomes, gender and social inclusion analysis, and improved monitoring and evaluation for more effective youth employment initiatives.


Economic Growth and Competitiveness Assessment (2018)

USAID & Management System International (Tetra Tech company)

This report documents the findings of the broad-spectrum competitiveness assessment requested by the USAID/Jordan Economic and Development team. The Jordan Private Sector Survey conducted by Mindset for USAID MESP informed the results showcased in this assessment report. The document presents Jordan's economic growth and competitiveness trajectories between 2017-2018, as well as the related challenges and opportunities; it details the interventions and approaches that have shown a positive impact on growth in the country. The situational analysis sheds light on the manifold challenges the Jordanian economy is facing including the influx of refugees, the disparity of female and male employment, and the weaknesses of the private sector.

Motivation and Retention of Health Workers USAID

Motivation and Retention of Health Workers in MOH Facilities in Four Governorates in Jordan - Findings from a Mixed Methods Study (December 2016)

USAID & Chemonics (Tetra Tech company)

This report provides the results of a research project conducted with the support of Mindset, on the motivation and retention of doctors, nurses, and midwives working in the Ministry of Health (MOH)'s facilities in four Jordanian governorates. This study was initiated by USAID's Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) activity, which supports the Jordanian MOH in developing specific human resources policies to improve retention, job satisfaction, and motivation of its health workers. The report's findings challenged the general perceptions held by the MOH before the study. Indeed, the research project generated evidence showing the MOH's workforce in a positive light, by revealing relatively high retention and low turnover rates. Additionally, the study found that most health workers’ motivation is either "neutral" or "slightly positive".


Multi-sectoral Rapid Needs Assessment: COVID-19 - Jordan (May 2020)


This report is the output of a rapid needs assessment exercise in the context of COVID-19 in Jordan, resulting from a joint effort of the Country Offices of UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP in 2020. Mindset informed this report by gathering sensitive data on violence against children through a household survey. The document presents findings on the needs of vulnerable segments of the population impacted by the pandemic in Jordan, and the measures taken by institutions to mitigate them. The assessment covers relevant sectors including health, food security, livelihoods, education, water, sanitation and hygiene and protection. The study documents the severe impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, including reduced access to food, the loss of access to livelihoods, and increased threats to children’s well-being through distress and exposure to violence. The survey also points to critical gaps in awareness concerning access to health services and essential medicines.

"On Women & Corruption" (December 2021)

"On Women & Corruption" (December 2021) - Article on Social Norms and Corruption Study in Jordan

UK's Department for International Development (DFID) & Palladium

The article outlines the findings of a study addressing the knowledge gap related to the interplay of gender dynamics and corruption practices in Jordan. The study was conducted on behalf of the UK government by Palladium in collaboration with Mindset in 2020. Against the backdrop of the challenges faced by the country, with Jordanian citizens increasingly calling for political and economic reforms, this under-researched topic has gained considerable relevance. The research was motivated by the hypothesis that understanding social norms is essential to implement effective anti-corruption measures. Findings suggest that norm-shifting interventions targeting "wasta" – the most prevalent form of corruption in Jordan, described as a certain form of favoritism – should focus on men more than women. Indeed, the study found that women have less influence in the public sphere, so they are less likely to participate in corruption practices.

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