The Workforce Development Activity, part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s five-year Employability and Land Compact with the Government of Morocco, intends to improve the employability of Moroccans. Mathematica will evaluate the Workforce Development Activity using a mixed-methods approach.
- Designing and leading experimental, quasi-experimental, and mixed-methods evaluations
- Survey sampling and quantitative data analysis
- Evaluations of programs in developing countries
- International Research
- Education and Workforce Development
- Food and Agriculture
- Health and Nutrition
Evan Borkum is one of Mathematica’s leading methodologists in the international research area and has more than a decade of experience conducting evaluations of development programs in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He specializes in designing and overseeing rigorous, mixed-methods evaluations to provide the strongest possible evidence on program impacts and causal pathways.
Borkum has extensive experience in in the workforce development sector. Currently, he serves as principal investigator for evaluations of investments by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Georgia and Morocco that are seeking to better align vocational training courses with the skills demanded by employers. He is also leading an outcomes evaluation of Generation, a program that seeks to improve employment outcomes for disconnected youth through a seven-component methodology that includes intensive workforce training boot camps, in India and Kenya.
Borkum also has strong sectoral experience in other sectors. In the food and agriculture sector, he is the principal investigator for the evaluation of MCC’s investments in high-value agriculture in Moldova, which include creating local water user associations and rehabilitating irrigation systems. He is also principal investigator for the evaluations of two agricultural markets projects in the state of Odisha, India, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that seek to better integrate poor small-scale producers into formal markets through farmer producer organizations. In the health and nutrition sector, he has provided technical leadership for two randomized controlled trials of innovative interventions to support frontline health workers in the state of Bihar, India and a large-scale randomized controlled trial of a child stunting intervention in Indonesia.
Borkum holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.
Morocco: Workforce Development Activity for Employability Project
Zambia: Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Girls and Women
Mathematica evaluated the EMPOWER project: Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women, implemented by Winrock International and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Georgia: Evaluation of the Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development (ISWD) Project
Mathematica is conducting a mixed-methods performance evaluation of the Industry-led Skills and Workforce Development (ISWD) project in the country of Georgia. The project aims to align the technical skills of the workforce with market demand through investments in vocational training.
Morocco: Monitoring and Evaluation of Fruit Tree Productivity
Mathematica conducted an evaluation to provide a better understanding of the impact of agricultural investments in Morocco, as well as the sustainability of the fruit tree productivity project more specifically.
Moldova Transition to High-Value Agriculture Project Evaluation
Mathematica is designing and conducting a performance evaluation of this project as well as an impact evaluation of several project components.
Bihar, India: Measurement Learning and Evaluation for the Family Health Initiative
Mathematica is leading the measurement, learning, and evaluation component of the Ananya program, formerly known as the Family Health Initiative, in Bihar, India.
Namibia: Vocational and Skills Training
Mathematica evaluated three major components of the vocational and skills training activities.