Evaluation services

Program Evaluation Projects & Services

IIE provides research and program evaluation services to domestic and international governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and foundations to facilitate the collection of more comprehensive and policy-relevant data on international education, and to assess the impact of international fellowship and scholarship programs.

Program Evaluation Services

IIE's Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact has extensive experience in carrying out all stages of a program evaluation, from program process and implementation, to examining outcomes and program impact. Our evaluation work has focused on assessing the effectiveness of international fellowship and scholarship programs that benefit undergraduate students, graduate (post-graduate) students, faculty, and mid-career professionals, including many programs that seek to develop leadership skills or promote access to higher education among underserved populations. This unique combination of substantive knowledge of the international exchange and leadership development fields and our methodological expertise equips us well to study the impact and multiplier effects of a wide range of programs.

A Sampling of Our Evaluation Projects

  • Evaluation Project - IFP

    The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program® (IFP) 10-year Alumni Tracking Study

    Launched in July 2013, this groundbreaking ten-year study examines the personal and professional impacts of IFP on over 4,300 fellows from marginalized communities in 22 countries.

    Learn more about the IFP Alumni Tracking Study

  • Evaluation Project - Cargill

    Cargill Global Scholars Program

    Begun in spring 2013, our comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework assesses changes in scholars’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes, as well as an integrated analysis of the global network being created by the Cargill Global Scholars as they continue their academic and professional lives.

    Learn more about the Cargill Global Scholars Program

    Key Findings 2014 (135 KB, PDF)

    Key Findings 2015 (344 KB, PDF)

    Key Findings 2016 (695 KB, PDF)

  • Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Program

    Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)

    The Center is providing monitoring and evaluation support to the program to measure the program's achievement in facilitating mutually beneficial higher education engagements between scholars in Africa and African Diaspora academics. A mixed-methods approach is being utilized to gather and analyze data from the pilot program.

    Learn more about the CADFP

  • Evaluation - HER

    Higher Education Readiness (HER) Program

    This longitudinal study is measuring changes over two years to understand the potential effects of the HER pilot program in Ethiopia. A quasi-experimental design measures key program effects among two cohorts of young women in secondary school and their counterparts who were not chosen for the program.

    Learn more about the HER Program

    Learn more about the first cohort outcomes (1.3 MB, PDF)

  • Alcoa Foundation Global Internship Program

    We are conducting an evaluation that seeks to assess the program’s achievement in preparing participants for the job market through workforce readiness skills training and counseling. Through a mixed-methods approach, data will be gathered from multiple sources including the interns, their host business organizations, and the NGO partners to measure impact from varying perspectives.

    Learn more about the Alcoa Global Internship Program

    Learn more about the program outcomes (5.5 MB, PDF)

  • Evaluation Project - SRF

    IIE-SRF Iraq Scholar Rescue Project

    Between 2012 and 2015, we completed a comprehensive, mixed-methods evaluation of the Scholar Rescue Fund's Iraq Scholar Rescue Project. The evaluation looked at the impacts of the Iraq Project on its grantees, on Iraq's higher education and scientific research sectors, on the host countries' academic communities, and, more broadly, on the field of emergency response for scholars.

    Learn more about the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project

  • MHYC Program Evaluation

    Maternal Health Young Champions (MHYC) Program

    The MHYC Program evaluation served to assess how a group of young adults aspiring to become maternal health leaders were able to advance professionally to increase social change in their home communities. In order to collect and analyze data, a participatory qualitative approach was utilized.

    Learn more about the MHYC Program

    Learn more about MHYC Evaluation (135 KB, PDF)

  • CA Panelists

    Centroamérica Adelante Program

    With the launch of the program in 2015 we are conducting a comprehensive mixed-methods evaluation of the program's impact on participants' knowledge and leadership skills. The Center is utilizing Social Network Analysis (SNA) to measure the success of the program in creating national and regional networks of social change leaders. The program evaluation began with a comprehensive needs assessment that informed the program design.

    Learn more about the Centroamérica Adelante Program

Our Evaluation Approach

Our approach to assessing the efficacy of fellowship and capacity-building programs draws on IIE's deep understanding of the various program elements needed to bring about change at the individual, community, and societal level. We recognize that it takes many years to achieve measurable impact and to bring about social change. Therefore, at the outset of the project, we work closely with program staff to develop a comprehensive and clear logic model or theory-of-change that maps out the short-, intermediate- and long-term outcomes that are expected from the program and the pathways and logical links through which these changes are likely to occur.

Most of IIE's evaluations have required a mixed-methods approach that combines qualitative and quantitative data and analysis, but we also have the capability to design and conduct rigorous evaluations that use a random assignment approach. For programs with a large number of participants, IIE also uses social media to stay in touch with thousands of program alumni and potential respondents dispersed all over the world. This networking is coordinated through popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and through our recently revamped IIE Home Page. We harness these, as well as other tools, for alumni tracking, for sustaining alumni networks, and for conducting quick snapshot surveys that complement the in-depth data collected through the techniques described above.

Learn more about our Center's evaluation capabilities (582 KB, PDF)

Please contact us at evaluation@iie.org for more information about our evaluation services.


    Mirka Martel
    Assistant Director,
    IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact
    E-mail: evaluation@iie.org

    Recent and current sponsors of IIE evaluations:
    • Alcoa Foundation
    • Cargill Foundation
    • Carnegie Corporation of New York
    • Ford Foundation
    • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    • Greater Texas Foundation (GTF)
    • Higher Education Readiness (HER) Program - IIE
    • Maternal Health Task Force, Harvard School of Public Health
    • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • Schlumberger Foundation
    • Seattle International Foundation
    • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)