Research and Evaluation

M-CRIL fully endorses the Commitment to lean research, as set out in the Declaration of Commitment to Lean Research. Accordingly, we aim that our research be:

  • Rigorous – it follows established standards of quality, as appropriate to the study requirement for credible data
  • Relevant – the scope is relevant to the study topic or programme, with findings that are clearly reported and actionable, including positive or negative findings
  • Respectful – it values the respondent’s time and ideas, respondents have the option not to participate
  • Right-sized – it does not include unnecessary questions or activities; any sampling is sufficiently large to generate data proportionate to the research objective, but not larger.

M-CRIL’s development orientation ensures that equity issues and analysis are integrated into our research.  We disaggregate findings for women and for men.  We benchmark findings by applying a country specific poverty score card (the Progress out of Poverty Index, developed by Mark Schreiner).

A unique skill set to cover interlinkages: sectoral, institutional and client level
The combinations of skills in the M-CRIL team, covering policy/sector level issues, institutional assessments and field research, give us a unique perspective and capability to undertake research assignments that aim to cover these different levels of enquiry – macro, meso and micro. This applies, for example, to microfinance interventions (macro = microfinance regulation, meso = microfinance institutions, micro = client households) and livelihood interventions (macro = sectoral policy and context, meso = intermediary institutions – such as farmer producer organisation or cooperatives, micro = client households).

We offer different types of research – large and small scale surveys, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods – for:

  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Impact assessment
  • Value chain analysis
  • Market research

Programme evaluations and impact assessments have been designed with application of the OECD/DAC evaluation framework, as required for internationally funded programmes. We tailor research designs to provide a quality approach within the available budget.

For all assignments, we follow a systematic process in consultation with clients, to consider the appropriate research design, selection of indicators, framing of questions and analysis.  Our reporting aims to be concise, with clear presentation of key findings and issues. Technical explanations and details are provided in an annex, as appropriate.