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Project

Assessment of Workers’ Rights Centers in Colombia

Official Title
ILAB Impact and Implementation Evaluation for Colombia
Location(s)
Colombia
Dates
9/2013 – 9/2016
Market
International Development Practice Areas
Practice Areas
Democracy, Rights & Governance
Hard-to-reach Respondents
Labor and Employment Policy
Women in the Workforce
Workforce Development
Workforce Issues
Services
Impact Evaluations
Process Evaluations
Client
Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB)
Methodologies
Data Collection, Analysis & Reporting
Focus Groups
In-depth Interviews
Mixed Methods Research
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
Survey Analysis
Survey Design and Sampling
Survey Methodology

IMPAQ partnered with the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) to develop and conduct implementation and impact evaluations that assess workers’ rights centers in Colombia. The goal of these centers, developed through a technical cooperation between ILAB and the Escuela Nacional Sindical, (ENS), is to strengthen the ability of workers to file complaints for labor law violations.

The evaluations review the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of the centers and show ILAB and ENS how successful the centers are at enhancing workers’ knowledge of their labor rights and their ability to defend them. They also demonstrate how effectively the centers show the workers how to make more frequent and effective use of the available administrative and legal mechanisms. The results also allow the organizers to improve the program and scale it, and design and implement similar initiatives in other countries and regions.

Data was collected through baseline and follow-up surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, observations, and document reviews.

The team consisted of senior researchers and local survey practitioners. Combined, they have decades of experience in mixed methods research, survey design and sampling, and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis in addition to international development and labor rights domain experience.