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.