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Europe and Eurasia

MONTENEGROMONTENEGRO

In 2011 DI Senior Advisor Greg Minjack and Professor Lincoln Mitchell conducted a performance evaluation of the Legislative Strengthening Activity and Political Party Program in Montenegro. Both programs were implemented by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) from 2002 through 2011. DI’s evaluation provided a detailed review of the success of NDI’s activities, which included training, technical assistance, networking, mentoring and targeted grants, in achieving its stated goals and objectives.

ROMANIAROMANIA

Democracy International conducted a broad study of the civil society sector and U.S. government-funded civil society programs in Romania since 1991. As USAID closed out its activities in Romania, a six-person DI team examined the overall effect of USAID assistance on civil society organizations and analyzed the impact of USAID assistance on three civil society subsectors: (1) service providers, (2) civic watchdog/public policy organizations, and (3) professional associations.

ROMANIAROMANIA

As part of DI’s broad study of U.S. government political party assistance in Europe and Eurasia, a Democracy International team conducted field work in Romania in 2006 to assess the status of political parties and political party assistance programs.

RUSSIARUSSIA

To guide subsequent democracy and governance programming and help design policies that take account of citizen attitudes toward democracy, DI conducted an evaluation of select components of an approximately $9.2 million portfolio of U.S. government-funded electoral and political processes (EPP) programs in Russia, including programs related to Russia's parliamentary and presidential elections in December 2011 and March 2012.

RUSSIARUSSIA

DI conducted a series of public opinion surveys in Russia relating to parliamentary elections in December 2011 and the presidential election in March 2012. DI Principal Glenn Cowan led the team, which also included Professor Ted Gerber of the University of Wisconsin and Professor Graeme Robertson of the University of North Carolina. The pre- and post-election surveys collected information on social, political, and economic factors that may have shaped political competition and mass public electoral behavior.

SERBIASERBIA

Democracy International conducted a comprehensive performance evaluation of USAID’s Serbia Media Assistance Program (SMAP), which began in September 2008 and ran until September 2012, implemented by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). The DI team assessed how the program’s performance has influenced the Serbian media sector, IREX’s primary and secondary partners, and other stakeholders.

SERBIASERBIA

DI consultants Chuck Costello and Greg Minjack conducted an evaluation of the results of a five-year (2006–2010) democratic development program implemented under the Consortium for Elections and Political Processes Support II (CEPPS II) mechanism by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI). The program focused primarily on supporting the development of political parties in Serbia.

SERBIASERBIA

As part of the Europe and Eurasia political party assistance study, a Democracy International team visited Serbia in 2006 to assess the status of political parties and political party assistance programs.

SERBIASERBIA

For USAID in Serbia, DI designed a new “Separation of Powers” program to strengthen the capacity and independence of the courts and the National Assembly and to improve the drafting, analysis, and implementation of laws and regulations.

UKRAINEUKRAINE

In late 2012, DI evaluated the Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment Project (LEP) in Ukraine for USAID, a program implemented by Management Systems International (MSI). The evaluation provided a detailed examination of the relevance and effectiveness of all LEP activities and the institutional sustainability of the project’s framework, focusing on the effects, relevance, achievements, efficiency, and sustainability of project activities to date and perceptions among beneficiaries and stakeholders.