Call for Capacity Statement
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), USAID Guatemala, and Long-term Assistance and SErvices for Research, Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine (LASER PULSE) at the Purdue Applied Research Institute, Global Development Innovation Center (PARI-GDI) seek Capacity Statements (CSs) from multidisciplinary teams of researchers and development professionals or individual experts to scope and design options for an impact evaluation using Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) or other rigorous methods for an upcoming citizen security activity in Guatemala.
USAID Guatemala and OCE are seeking a team to scope and design a study for an impact evaluation using a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) design for the Smart and Secure Cities activity in Guatemala.
The goal of the Smart and Secure Cities activity is to build effective communities and optimize cities’ functions that reduce crime and violence by improving the collective efficacy of key stakeholders and their ability to analyze, plan, engage, perform, respond, and interact, with each other with the explicit purpose of improving citizen security in targeted areas. The impact evaluation will focus on secondary prevention intervention(s) intended to create opportunities for at-risk populations, and/or innovative tertiary prevention activities for former and repeat offenders to facilitate their reintegration into society and prevent recidivism. The activity may look at either/both: program impact and operational considerations, such as identifying at-risk youth or means of engaging them in evidence-based prevention programs.
Timeline & Information
- Release of Call for Capacity Statement: December 20, 2023
- Questions and clarifications by: January 10, 2024
- Application deadline: January 16, 2023.
- Announcement of finalist teams: Tentatively February 13, 2024.
- Estimated funding per study:
- Funding and Timeline for the Design and Scoping Phase: approximately : 40-50 person days over 3-5 months.
- The estimated Funding and Timeline for the Impact Evaluation Phase: To be determined after the close of the Design and Scoping Phase.
Successful Application Characteristics
- Research Study Expertise: based on the demonstrated past experiences in designing and implementing rigorous empirical research, including evaluations utilizing RCT, in citizen security and/or youth-oriented crime and violence prevention programs.
- In-country Experience: based on demonstrated experience of similar work conducted in Guatemala and/or Latin America, an understanding of country/region context, and existing or proposed connections to in-country organizations/ stakeholders for primary data collection purposes.
- PI (and Co-PI) Leadership Capacity: demonstrated capacity to co-design and lead the impact evaluation work and capacity to engage with various stakeholders (i.e., USAID OCE, LAC Bureau, Guatemala, and the Implementing Partner).