Private Sector Engagement Evidence and Learning

Private Sector Engagement Evidence and Learning

Project Description

Building the Evidence Base on Effective Private Sector Engagement

Implement a private sector engagement evidence and learning strategy that will enable USAID staff to implement best PSE practices, based on learnings and evidence. The research will address several priority questions, posed by USAID as part of their PSE Evidence and Learning Strategy: 

  • What is the effectiveness of different forms of engagement? 
  • What external factors drive effective engagement in the private sector? 
  • What PSE relationship qualities influence results?

This activity supports the implementation of the USAID PSE Evidence and Learning Strategy. The implementation includes collaboratively identifying, developing, and delivering on learning activities and effective learning products that are responsive to the Evidence and Learning Strategy research priorities. This activity requires coordination and collaboration with other parts of USAID as well as capturing input from key private sector players as thought partners and shapers of evidence and learning. As the evidence base is better established, the effort will support adaptively narrowing evidence gaps and continuing to identify and prioritize areas requiring more evidence and developing a plan to address them. The research team has expertise in public-private partnerships, business perspectives on sustainable strategies, private sector investment, and building evidence through monitoring and research.

Sector: Economic Growth and Trade

Region: N/A

USAID Operating Unit/Mission: USAID/Lab/CTP (USAID/DDI/PSE)

Buy-In Amount: $1,012,422 (Phase 1) $1,687,578 (Phase II)

Duration: 10/15/2018 – 9/30/2021 (Phase I) 5/15/2019 -10/14/2022 (Phase II)

Lead Implementer: UND (Phase I), Purdue (Phase II)

Other Implementer(s): Purdue, CRS, UND


Project personnel will continue to monitor and update the Evidence Gap Map (below) as needed. Those working on the Failure Risk Analysis component will engage in data analysis and report writing, as well as develop dissemination products from the research.

PSE Phase II focuses on developing best practice guidance for PSE by cross-validating theoretical learnings from the Phase I review process with relevant practitioner insights into business-involved development partnerships through interviews and surveys with private and non-private development actors.

This project ultimately will help test and refine the translational capacity of the Partnership Capacity Theory (PCT) framework against the nominal perspectives and experiences of stakeholders in business-involved partnerships for development across various organizational, sectoral and regional settings.

Expected outcomes include strategic partner selection and interaction guidance systems, diagnostic partnership scenario modeling, and decision tools. This work will include comprehensive development of practitioner journey maps; tip sheets; and  current lexicon, thinking and paradigms of effective engagement strategies for working with the private sector on development projects.


Using Evidence to Engage the Private Sector Webinar

PSE Evidence Gap Map

Harmonizing Development and Business Indicators Tool

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