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To Development Agencies

The Development Solutions provides technical assistance and consultancy services to the international development agencies in results based programming, monitoring and evaluation of actions, and also conducts research and analysis of the development challenges issues. Holding position “above the market” we provide independent expertise on development challenges and provide objective information about situation in different countries. Being a commercial entity we don’t depend on donors and governments. Below you can read more about our services tailored to the development agencies.

Project Development

Conducting Stakeholders Analysis

The effective programming takes into account the Stakeholders Analysis. The Development Solutions will analyze the priorities, strategies and policies of key stakeholders and assess the capacity of other partners working on related thematic issues.  Based on the results of this desk research the development Solutions together with you will suggest possible partnerships with governments, local and international organizations to bring greater strength to your Program.

Fee: 500 USD, travel cost plus per diem

Needs Assessment

Needs Assessment is targeted to collect or update the data about the needs of beneficiaries. This will help to ensure that the appropriate evidence is available to guide project design. We conduct consultation meetings with different stakeholders, hold interviews with key informants / beneficiaries or conduct full surveys on a representative sample of the intended beneficiaries.

Fee: based on the method chosen the fees range from 500 to 2500 USD. The cost of a full-scale study is estimated and based on technical specifications provided by the Client.

Facilitating the Problems Tree and Results Analysis among experts and project developers

The Problems Tree Analysis is a tool used by major development agencies to conduct Situational Analysis around the key Problem. Using the principle of Cause and Means effect, the method identifies the problems that led to the key problem. Good projects are designed to address the causes of the key problem delivering tangible results. It has now become a practice to conduct the Problem Tree Analysis to design projects or programs at national, regional or inter-regional levels.

The Development Solutions conducts facilitation of the problem study through moderating the discussions among the interested stakeholders and experts. The developed document serves as a basis for government and development agencies to design effective strategic programs and reach programmatic goals.

Fee: 1000 USD, travel cost plus per diem

The Results Analysis serves to formulate solutions to the problems identified during the Problems Analysis. The participating stakeholders are encouraged to visualize what the future would look like if the problems were resolved.

Fee: 1000 USD, travel cost plus per diem

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Facilitating the Factor Analysis (PESTLE analysis) among experts and project developers

The Factor Analysis is performed to identify the factor that may affect your project which is linked to risk management. The risks to be studied are political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental, so called PESTLE analysis. Apart from its risk management role, the PESTLE analysis is always required by the Development agencies in their Grant Application Forms, ex. European Union.

Fee: 1000 USD, travel cost plus per diem

Incorporating Cross-Cutting Issues

Cross-cutting issues are the issues that impact in more than one field. Cross-cutting issues are laid down in a number of international conventions, declarations and treaties on development. The broad policy goals for the issues have therefore been set. They must be taken into account at all stages of the project cycle.

The International Development Bodies identify several “cross-cutting issues” of major importance for development: Democracy and Human Rights; Environmental Sensitivity and Sustainability; Sustainability; Gender Equality; HIV/AIDS

Our experts will review your Project Proposal and suggest how the ross-cutting issue should be incorporated into the Project Design and mplementation. We will advise you on a Human Rights Based Approach, making sure that performance indicators and project budgets are gender sensitive, the environment is safeguarded and the  overall project’s sustainability stands for durability of Project’s Results.

Fee: from 150 to 300 USD

Monitoring and Evaluation

Designing Monitoring Plans

Monitoring plans specify what is to be monitored, how the monitoring will be conducted, who will carry out the monitoring, when and how frequently the monitoring will be conducted, the methods that will be used for monitoring, and the resources that are required for monitoring. You will receive Results Monitoring Framework and we will provide clear instructions to the parties responsible on data collection and data storage.

Fee: 1000 USD, travel cost plus per diem if necessary

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Monitoring Compliance with Contracts

Once the contract is signed it is important to set up the control system to ensure the delivery of the outputs in compliance with the terms and agreement of the contract. The Development Solutions will revise your Contract and Terms of Reference to align the timeframes for each deliverable and specify their technical aspects. Further, we are able to go on site to monitor, when the activities outlined in the contract are implemented by the contract service provider. In case of non-delivery or insufficient delivery we are able to mediate between you and the service provider on new timelines of delivery, a reduced scope of services or amending the contract. In the case of a serious contract violation we will advise on all aspects of contract termination.

Fee: 500 USD, travel cost plus per diem if necessary

Monitoring Inputs and Results

Monitoring inputs (resources) includes human, financial and other resources being used by the Project. We would ensure that the project budget is being utilized appropriately to achieve the project results. Monitoring of Activities and Results is usually based on key milestones and indicators from Logical Frameworks of the Project and involves service providers, stakeholders and project beneficiaries.

Fee: 500 USD, travel cost plus per diem if necessary

Developing Terms of Reference for the External Evaluator and assistance in the hiring process

Sometimes donors or development agencies need to hire a Monitoring Officer by announcing a Call for Interest. We can assist you in developing Terms of Reference for the consultancy position outlining key competences, estimating the number of working days and developing a Budget. We will also assist you in placing your position in major development job search resources. Often we serve as external experts in job panel reviews.

Fee: from 300 USD to 500 USD.

Ex-ante, Mid-Term and Final Monitoring and Evaluation

External Evaluation can provide evidence-based assessment of the worth or significance of a Project or its components. Mid-term  Evaluations serve to provide project managers with recommendations for improving the project’s performance and for the best use of the project’s resources. Final Evaluations assist in showing the donors the social impact of the program and serve as a powerful fundraising tool. Always include the monitoring and evaluation into the Project Design to strengthen your proposal.

Ex-ante evaluations focus on relevance of the Project to your programmatic goals.

Mid-Term Evaluations focus shifts towards effectiveness, achievement and recommendation for improvement.

Final Evaluations serve to assess the sustainability and impact of the Project.

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Fee: from 1000 USD to 10 000 USD.

Research and Analysis

Quantitative Research

This type of research is mainly used to collect specific statistically significant data on the subject of study: insights from stakeholders, target groups, businesses and social institutions. Quantitative Research is the formalized form of study, when a specific set of variables is identified from the start.  In the result, you receive definitive answers which you can attach values and measures to. Quantitative Research works well for the situations when preliminary hypotheses about the object of the study are already developed and information is needed to make decision or plan specific actions.

Specific methods of the quantitative research include face to face surveys, postal surveys, phone and online surveys.

Fees range from 10 000 to 15 000 USD* (average costs for the full cycle project, from the development of methods to report writing).

*Costs range depends on the methods applied and the sampling size.  Starting price for conducting one personal interview is from 600 roubles for one interview, on the basis of the developed questionnaire. In some cases, research optimization techniques can be used, to combine the benefits of several methods while avoiding the shortcuts of others. If needed, we can suggest several options for conducting research to adjust expenses without quality reduction. To calculate the exact price for the specific research tasks which are needed, please fill in the application forma and send it to us

Qualitative Research

Seeks to explore an experience to discover, build and gain insights into human behavior, opinion, motives or attitudes through the use of observation or dialogue. In the result, you will not receive specific numbers but obtain information on the social, psychological and cultural aspects of the issues you study. Specific techniques include: focus groups, in-depth interviews, workshops.

Fee: from 300 to 500 USD*

*Qualitative Research costs are usually lower than the costs of quantitative studies. Thus, the average costs for conducting one focus group is from 400 to 500 USD (not including participants compensation costs), the average costs for conducting one in-depth interview- from 20 to 50 USD. Starting costs for conducing one-day seminar aimed at data collection and report production – from 300 USD. If a seminar is conducted as a part of needs assessment/feasibility study, with further pilot testing of the recommendations, the additional application fee will be charged according to the actual workload.  

Survey Questionnaire Design

Basic service needed to start any research project. The questionnaires are an important tool for gathering primary data. Poorly constructed questionnaires can result in errors and invalidate the research data. A well-designed questionnaire motivates the respondent to provide complete and accurate information, while sustaining the interest of the interviewer in completing the session. The Development Solutions will help you to effectively design your surveys and show you the methods to implement them in order to collect the relevant information regarding the current and future performance of your activities.

Fee: from 200 USD

Needs assessments / feasibility studies

Specific research tool aimed at assessing feasibility of the action or project you are planning to start. This technique helps you before you make that decision that is going to change your life, “Look before you leap”. Starting a new activity or a project is every person’s dream. However, proper assessment of main risks and prospects before you start prevent you wasting your time, efforts and money afterwards. Well-designed needs assessment and feasibility studies often serve and the generators of new ideas and projects and can be also used as a brainstorming technique in project development. 

Fee: from 250 USD

Desk Research

Desk Research - is a form of research which applies a mix of quantitative & qualitative techniques, where the information is collected using secondary data (i.e. gathering and analyzing data which was already collected by another person or organization). Secondary data can be found from a variety of sources – the Internet, newsletters, company annual reports, newspapers, database searching, associations/trade bodies or by ad hoc personal contacts.

Desk Research offers a number of advantages:

It’s a quick method of collecting information, Desk Research is easier than field research, secondary data is often ready to use and process. Open data from various state and non-state sources (statistical agencies, professional and expert organizations) are usually the main source of information for desk research. However, this method can have disadvantages: secondary data may not be recent, it might not be accurate and sometimes data is hard to find, depending on subject matter.

Fee: from 250 USD

Best Practices & Performance Benchmarking

This technique is used to consistently document and show the results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark. In addition, a “best” practice can evolve to become better as improvements are discovered. Best practices are used to maintain quality as an alternative to mandatory legislated standards and can be based on self-assessment or benchmarking. To monitor best practices and benchmark performance, we can offer you pre-made ‘templates’ to standardize project process documentation, which can be used in reporting, monitoring & evaluation purposes later on.

Fee: from 500 USD