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B Committee Meetings and Participants Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Democracy Assistance Programs August 29-30, 2006 AGENDA August 29th CLOSED SESSION 8:30–10:15 OPEN SESSION 10:15 Meeting begins • Opening remarks by committee chair • Introduction of committee members • Brief project overview • Plan for the meeting 10:30 General Remarks Overview of USAID’s DG programs • USAID’s DG strategy 247

248 APPENDIX B • Typical programs • Coordination with other U.S. government agencies and donors Open discussion with committee members Overview of USAID Evaluation and Performance Management • Budget and strategic planning • Assessments and evaluations • Performance management plans 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Overview of the Strategic and Operational Research Agenda (SORA) • Introduction and background on SORA • Previous studies, including the Quantitative Study • Expectations for this study Open discussion with committee members 1:45 Discussion with USAID of Key Committee Tasks • Research design • Pilot field studies • Future research 3:00 Break CLOSED SESSION 3:15–5:00 August 30th OPEN SESSION 8:30 Continental breakfast available in the meeting room 9:00 Meeting begins • Plans for the day • Plans for Field Study #1 10:30 Break CLOSED SESSION 10:45–4:00

APPENDIX B 249 PARTICIPANTS Patricia Alexander Jack A. Goldstone, Chair U.S. Agency for International George Mason University Development Andrew Green Tabitha Benney U.S. Agency for International National Academies Development Mark Billera Rita Guenther U.S. Agency for International National Academies Development April Hahn Richard Bissell U.S. Agency for International National Academies Development David Black Gary Hansen U.S. Agency for International U.S. Agency for International Development Development Paul Bonicelli Jo Husbands U.S. Agency for International National Academies Development Jerry Hyman John Boright U.S. Agency for International National Academies Development Ed Connerley Josh Kaufman U.S. Agency for International U.S. Agency for International Development Development Jeffrey Fillar Eric Kite Booz Allen Hamilton U.S. Agency for International Development Pat Fn’Piere U.S. Agency for International Neil Levine Development U.S. Agency for International Development Larry Garber New Israel Fund Kimberly Ludwig U.S. Agency for International John Gerring Development Boston University Cathy Niarchos Clark C. Gibson U.S. Agency for International University of California, San Development Diego

250 APPENDIX B Maria Rendon-Labadan Mitchell A. Seligson U.S. Agency for International Vanderbilt University Development Paul Stern Margaret Sarles National Academies U.S. Agency for International Development Keith Schulz U.S. Agency for International Development Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Democracy Assistance Programs September 18-19, 2006 September 18th CLOSED SESSION September 19th CLOSED SESSION 8:30–10:30 OPEN SESSION 10:30 Discussion with Democracy and Governance Practioners Participants: Richard McCall, Senior Vice President for Programs, Creative Associates Kim Mahling Clark, Senior Associate, Creative Associates Michael Lund, Management Systems International, Inc. and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Taras Kuzio, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, the German Marshall Fund Michelle Bekkering, International Republican Institute (Invited) Rakesh Sharma, IFES (Invited)

APPENDIX B 251 12:30 Working Lunch/Continued Discussion with Democracy and Governance Practitioners Kenneth Wollack, President, National Democratic Institute Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate for Africa and Regional Director for Central and West Africa, NDI 3:30–3:45 Break CLOSED SESSION 3:45–5:00 PARTICIPANTS Tabitha Benney Jack A. Goldstone, Chair National Academies George Mason University Mark Billera Andrew Green U.S. Agency for International Georgetown University Development Rita Guenther Richard Bissell National Academies National Academies Jo Husbands David Black National Academies U.S. Agency for International Jerry Hyman Development U.S. Agency for International John Boright Development National Academies Taras Kuzio Kim Mahling Clark The German Marshall Fund Creative Associates Michael Lund Christopher Fomunyoh Management Systems NDI International, Inc. and Woodrow Wilson International Larry Garber Center for Scholars New Israel Fund Richard McCall John Gerring Creative Associates Boston University Margaret Sarles Clark C. Gibson U.S. Agency for International University of California, San Development Diego

252 APPENDIX B Ramziya Shakirova Jeremy Weinstein George Mason University Stanford University Rakesh Sharma Susan Wolchik IFES George Washington University Mitchell A. Seligson Kenneth Wollack Vanderbilt University NDI Paul Stern National Academies Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Democracy Assistance Programs November 9-10, 2006 Thursday, November 9 OPEN SESSION 8:30 Continental breakfast available in the meeting room 9:00 Meeting begins • Opening remarks by committee chair • Plan for the meeting 9:15 Session #1: Rule of Law 10:15 Break 10:30 Session #2: Governance 11:30 Session #3: Civil Society 12:30 Working Lunch 1:15 Session #4: Elections and Processes 2:15 Break 2:30 General discussion 4:30 Summary 5:00 Adjourn 6:00 Committee Working Dinner Friday, November 10th CLOSED SESSION

APPENDIX B 253 PARTICIPANTS Tabitha Benney Michael Henning National Academies Department of State Richard Bissell Jo Husbands National Academies National Academies Eric Bjornlund Jerry Hyman Democracy International U.S. Agency for International Development David Black U.S. Agency for International Cathy Niarchos Development U.S. Agency for International Development John Boright National Academies Bhavani Pathak U.S. Agency for International Sharon Carter Development U.S. Agency for International Development Bea Reaud American University Glenn Cowan Democracy International Maria Rendon-Labadan U.S. Agency for International Bill Gallery Development Democracy International Margaret Sarles Larry Garber U.S. Agency for International New Israel Fund Development John Gerring Mitchell A. Seligson Boston University Vanderbilt University Clark C. Gibson Paul Stern University of California, San National Academies Diego Kathryn Stratos Jack A. Goldstone, Chair U.S. Agency for International George Mason University Development Andrew Green Jeremy Weinstein Georgetown University Stanford University Rita Guenther Shawna Wilson National Academies U.S. Agency for International Sean Hall Development U.S. Agency for International Development

254 APPENDIX B Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Democracy Assistance Programs May 3-4, 2007 May 3rd CLOSED SESSION 8:30–10:30 OPEN SESSION 10:45 Update from USAID on Field Visits • Field visit schedules • Mission issues and updates • Continued discussion of the revised field plan 11:15 Public Workshop Issues 11:30 Voices from the Field 12:30 Working Lunch (NAS Cafeteria) 1:30 Review of Project Statement and Deliverables 1:45 NRC Report Review Process 2:30 Break CLOSED SESSION 2:45–5:00 Meeting Adjourns May 4th CLOSED SESSION 8:30–5:00 Meeting Adjourns PARTICIPANTS Tabitha Benney David Black National Academies U.S. Agency for International Development Mark Billera U.S. Agency for International John Boright Development National Academies Richard Bissell Larry Garber National Academies New Israel Fund

APPENDIX B 255 John Gerring Dan Posner (by teleconference) Boston University University of California, Los Angeles Clark C. Gibson University of California, San Margaret Sarles Diego U.S. Agency for International Development Jack A. Goldstone, Chair George Mason University Mitchell A. Seligson Vanderbilt University Andrew Green World Justice Project Paul Stern American Bar Association National Academies Rita Guenther Jeremy Weinstein (by teleconference) National Academies Stanford University Jo Husbands National Academies Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Democracy Assistance Programs July 19-20 July 19th OPEN SESSION 9:45 Reports from the Field Visits: A Conversation with USAID and the Committee on Evaluation of USAID Democracy Assistance Programs Project consultants, and USAID implementers • Brief reports from the field visits • Initial ideas for improving project evaluation • Challenges, obstacles, and opportunities 10:45 Break 11:00 Discussion continues 12:45 Public Session adjourns; Working lunch for committee in cafeteria CLOSED SESSION 1:30–5:00

256 APPENDIX B July 20th OPEN SESSION 8:30 Continental breakfast available in the meeting room 9:00 Updates and conversation with USAID • Issues and questions from yesterday’s discussion CLOSED SESSION 10:30–5:00 PARTICIPANTS Moises Arce Thad Dunning (by teleconference) Consultant Consultant Aaron Azelton Matt Dippell National Democratic Institute National Democratic Institute Tabitha Benney Patrick Elliot National Academies National Democratic Institute Mark Billera Larry Garber U.S. Agency for International New Israel Fund Development John Gerring Richard Bissell Boston University National Academies Clark C. Gibson David Black University of California, San U.S. Agency for International Diego Development Jack A. Goldstone, Chair John Boright George Mason University National Academies Rita Guenther Don Chisholm National Academies USAID Democracy Fellow, Rule Jo Husbands of Law National Academies International Judicial Relations Committee Gerald Hyman Center for Strategic and Brionne Dawson International Studies National Democratic Institute Lisa Klimas Ed Dennison National Democratic Institute Development Associates

APPENDIX B 257 Jerry Lavery Louis Siegel National Democratic Institute ARD, Inc. Devra Moehler Cecelia Skott Consultant SUNY Center for International Development Geetha Nagarajan IRIS Mitchell A. Seligson Vanderbilt University Dan Posner (by teleconference) Consultant Paul Stern National Academies Margaret Sarles (by teleconference) U.S. Agency for International Jeremy Weinstein Development Stanford University Stephen Schwenke Creative Associates International Inc.

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Over the past 25 years, the United States has made support for the spread of democracy to other nations an increasingly important element of its national security policy. These efforts have created a growing demand to find the most effective means to assist in building and strengthening democratic governance under varied conditions.

Since 1990, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported democracy and governance (DG) programs in approximately 120 countries and territories, spending an estimated total of $8.47 billion (in constant 2000 U.S. dollars) between 1990 and 2005. Despite these substantial expenditures, our understanding of the actual impacts of USAID DG assistance on progress toward democracy remains limited--and is the subject of much current debate in the policy and scholarly communities.

This book, by the National Research Council, provides a roadmap to enable USAID and its partners to assess what works and what does not, both retrospectively and in the future through improved monitoring and evaluation methods and rebuilding USAID's internal capacity to build, absorb, and act on improved knowledge.

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