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Mid-term Performance Evaluation of USAID's Takamol Activity

The Takamol Gender Activity was designed as an overarching program to support USAID/Jordan’s Special Development Objective #4: Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Enhanced. Under this objective, USAID Takamol implemented activities to promote changes in discriminatory social norms and practices and enhance advocacy and policy reforms. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide USAID with findings and strategic recommendations to benefit the remaining period of the activity's implementation. The evaluation primarily focused on social dialogue, capacity building of civil society and government entities and policy advocacy and research support.

Mindset employed a mixed-methods approach including desk review, a quantitative phone survey, key informant and small group interviews, and focus group discussions. Data was collected from a wide range of stakeholders and beneficiaries involved in or familiar with Takamol activities, such as women leaders, gender professionals, governmental employees, Takamol grantees, and Takamol staff. To capture any differences in opinion and perception across geographic areas, the evaluation team collected qualitative data in the three key areas of activity implementation: Amman, Irbid, and Karak. In total, the evaluation reached over 140 individuals through qualitative interviews and focus group discussions, and over 220 individuals through the quantitative telephone survey. The evaluation demonstrated that Takamol helped expand social dialogue and raise gender awareness; the evidence generated helped articulate critical strategic recommendations for improving other components of the Activity.