Analytical Services in Support of the USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA_AS)
Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS)
August 2018 – August 2023
In 2014, Russian-supported separatists assumed control of major cities in eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk City. This ongoing conflict and instability created massive social and economic disruption – displacing communities and devastating local industry. USAID has responded with investments to counter Russian aggression, boost security and stability, and energize the region’s local economy. As part of this effort, in 2018, USAID awarded the five-year Economic Resilience Activity (ERA). The ERA project seeks to diversify industry, build local job skills, and revitalize eastern Ukraine’s economy.
Stabilizing and instilling confidence in eastern Ukraine’s economy will require a highly dynamic and flexible approach – one that reacts to almost daily shifts in local conditions. For this reason, USAID seeks to closely track and monitor the performance of the ERA activity, from start to finish. USAID has thus made a companion investment in rigorous monitoring that will allow the ERA team and USAID to respond to timely feedback and information from target communities and industries.
To support USAID’s Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) in eastern Ukraine, Resonance leads a parallel USAID program focused on monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL). Resonance’s ERA Analytical Services (ERA_AS) activity provides actionable and rigorous monitoring data to inform the design and implementation of ERA activities. This helps the ERA team assess, adjust, and maximize the impact of its efforts to revitalize the economy in eastern Ukraine.
Resonance has three main workstreams under ERA_AS:
Image: Annual Survey Enumerator training in Kramatorsk, Ukraine.