Performance Evaluation - SIM

Performance evaluation of Strengthening Independent Media (SIM) activity is the second performance evaluation conducted by MEASURE-BiH for USAID/BiH. SIM was a $5.5 million intervention implemented from October 2010 to October 2015 and financed by USAID. At the onset, SIM had the following tasks:

  1. Improving state regulatory bodies and self-regulation of traditional media;
  2. Strengthening media industry association;
  3. Supporting the quality and growth of new media outlets and sources; and
  4. Building the quality of investigative reporting.
Two years into the Activity’s implementation, USAID/BiH recalibrated its media development strategy for BiH and streamlined its tasks into the following components:

  1. Supporting the quality and growth of online media outlets, technologies, and sources;
  2. Building the quality of investigative reporting and resources; and
  3. Developing local capacity, expertise and practice in media policy, law, and literacy

The evaluation seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. To what extent has SIM a) improved the quality of the reporting of new media outlets and sources and contributed to their growth; b) built the quality of investigative reporting in BiH; and c) developed local capacity, expertise, and practice in media policy, law, and literacy?
  2. How efficient/effective were programmatic and management practices implemented in SIM, particularly the small grant mechanism?

  1. How well did local media partners, particularly online media partners, and other beneficiaries such as universities, students, and policy fellows accept SIM’s assistance, and did they find it well tailored for BiH’s needs?
  2. To what extent did SIM develop and communicate messages that accurately conveyed SIM’s main goals, according to the donor, partners, stakeholders, and beneficiaries?

We used a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine the performance of SIM. The methods include document review, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, expert panel, mini-surveys, and quantitative data analysis. The evaluation team designed the interview guide to fit each of the evaluation’s objectives, and included specific questions to assess performance, as well as to address important contextual aspects.

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