To improve grantees’ ability to develop their direct beneficiary monitoring systems (DBMS) and their capacity to monitor and report beneficiary data related to child labor elimination projects, IMPAQ is working with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) to develop a comprehensive toolkit. This toolkit will provide the clear documentation, tools, and guidance needed to develop and implement each DBMS.
We are also providing a standard prototype database system that can be adapted easily to each project. With it, grantees will be able to develop a DBMS that meets their project monitoring and reporting requirements more efficiently, saving resources that can be used on project services and program implementation.
We are using Agile development methodology, which allows us to respond rapidly as it identifies complexities and changes and manages these issues throughout the development lifecycle. We have also found Agile to improve communications between the client and project team.
Our team includes an economist with more than 30 years of experience in implementing rigorous evaluation projects, a senior developer with more than 16 years of experience and who is developing the customizable DBMS prototype, and a social science researcher overseeing the training of ILAB staff and grantees who has 30 years of experience in survey design and implementation and in the use of qualitative research.