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Task Order 15: Data for Education Programming in Asia and Middle East Summary Annual Progress Report

Executive Summary
Task Order 15 (TO 15), Data for Education Programming in Asia and Middle East (DEP-AME,
Contract number EHC-E-00-04-00004-00; Order Number AID-OAA-BC-11-0000), is a centrally
funded time and materials task order under the Education Data for Decision Making (EdData) II
Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) between the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) and RTI International, with support from Allegro Global Procurement
Solutions, Inc. (Allegro). USAID awarded the contract with a task order ceiling price of
[Redacted]. The project began on September 26, 2011. A September 2014 contract modification
raised the level of obligated funding from [Redacted] to [Redacted]. The contractual end date
was modified on December 23, 2014, to extend the project through November 29, 2016. Labor
categories use fixed daily rates.
Support activities are intended to provide technical assistance and training services in direct
support of USAID’s 2011 Education Strategy in Asia and the Middle East, in 17 missions
implementing or planning basic education programs, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. Focus
is placed on ensuring that education data needs are met in the region. DEP-AME supports
USAID Mission responses to USAID’s 2011 Education Strategy, and its three specific goals:
 Goal 1: Improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades by 2015
 Goal 2: Improved ability of tertiary and workforce development programs to generate
workforce skills relevant to a country’s development goals
 Goal 3: Increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for
15 million learners by 2015
DEP-AME is organized to respond to four types of results: supporting USAID Missions in the
two regions in their data collection, use, and analytical activities upon request (Result 1);
extending the availability of data and trends information about the two regions (Result 2);
developing at least one new measurement tool with applicability across the two regions (Result
3); and supporting knowledge strengthening of USAID Education personnel on key education
and evaluation topics and processes through classroom and online training, workshops, and
dissemination activities (Result 4).
As of September 30, 2016, RTI under 1 has undertaken 28 requests (17 in Asia, and 11 in the
Middle East) overall from 14 missions and 2 regional bureaus under Result 1. Of these, 12 tasks
have been completed (one of these during the reporting period), 4 were submitted and awaiting
USAID comment or approval during the reporting period, 11 were ongoing (10 of these
requested and launched within the year), and 1 task had to be terminated. Under Result 2, 4
trends analysis studies have been completed, 2 are awaiting USAID comment or approval, and
4 are ongoing as of September 30, 2016. The Early Grade Reading (EGR) Barometer
development and expansion constitutes the principal and ongoing work of Result 3. Knowledge
strengthening activities for USAID staff (Result 4) have included identification of knowledge
strengthening goals and objectives through a broad survey of USAID staff, development of a
training plan, followed by development and implementation of workshop-based and online
courses in early grade reading, impact evaluation, and other topics, and dissemination work. Of
6 broad tasks of this type, 4 have been completed and 2 are ongoing as of September 30, 2016.
Author(s): 
Jennifer E. Spratt, RTI International
Date Published: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016
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