Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning

Monitoring

ILAB facilitates the development of project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans for ILAB-funded projects to track project results and inform project management. ILAB develops these M&E plans jointly with project implementers. They are grounded in results-based management principles that guide the process of monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on project progress. The M&E plan serves as a resource for projects and for DOL for evidence-based project management, decision-making, and accountability. Several independent performance evaluations have noted that ILAB's M&E plans are effective project management tools that help to build stakeholder buy-in for project activities and results given their active participation in the development of the M&E plan. ILAB also uses third-party audits and attestation engagements as monitoring and oversight tools to ensure the accuracy of performance and financial data, and as an opportunity to work with grantees to improve project management and outcomes.

Evaluation

ILAB's approach to evaluations aligns with the principles outlined in DOL's Evaluation Policy. ILAB commissions performance evaluations at least once in most projects' lifetime with a focus on eight core areas: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, impact, independence, transparency and ethics. ILAB also supports rigorous impact evaluations to increase knowledge and understanding of the effectiveness of various government and non-government programs and interventions in reducing child labor, forced labor or human trafficking. Since 2005, ILAB has supported impact evaluation research, including 18 randomized control trial impact evaluations – a type of evaluation that provides rigorous evidence about what works, and what does not work, in achieving intended outcomes.

Research

ILAB invests in primary research and research tools to increase the global knowledge base on the prevalence, nature, and scope of child labor and forced labor. We use these studies to inform policy engagement and technical cooperation; provide insight into the nature of exploitation, risk factors, and practices that increase workers' vulnerability; and increase countries' and researchers' capacity to generate robust data. ILAB has also supported the establishment of global estimates on child labor and forced labor, which serve as the worldwide standard for measuring progress on these issues.

Learning

ILAB promotes a culture of continual improvement and employs various methods to ensure that good practices and lessons learned from monitoring and evaluation activities are documented, shared, and considered in the development of new programming. ILAB facilitates opportunities for reflection and discussion on evaluation findings and publishes all evaluation reports on our website.

OTLA Synthesis Evaluation Report (2020) (PDF)

OCFT Synthesis Report (2019) (PDF)

OCFT Cocoa/Fishing Synthesis Report (2022) (PDF)

OCFT Cocoa/Fishing Synthesis Summary Brief (2022) (PDF)

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Palma Futuro: Preventing and Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor in Palm Oil Supply Chains

This project works to improve the implementation of social compliance systems that promote acceptable conditions of work and prevent or reduce child and forced labor in palm oil supply chains in Colombia and Ecuador. It will also disseminate best practices for social compliance systems in these and other palm oil producing countries, particularly Brazil and Peru.

Interim Evaluation Colombia, Ecuador Partners of the Americas 01/01/2019 12/31/2022

Attaining Lasting Change (ATLAS)

The ATLAS project seeks to build the capacity of governments to more effectively combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking by helping them strengthen their laws and regulations, improve their capacity to enforce them, and strengthen coordination between law enforcement and social protection entities.

Midterm Evaluation Argentina, Bolivia, Global, Liberia, Paraguay, Thailand Winrock International 01/01/2019 03/28/2023

Fair Fish: Fostering Accountability in Recruitment for Fishery Workers

The FAIR Fish project helps create a fair global playing field for workers and responsible U.S. businesses by engaging with the private sector to reduce forced labor and human trafficking in the fishing and seafood processing sectors in Thailand.

Interim Evaluation Thailand Plan International USA 01/01/2019 12/31/2022

Multi-stakeholder Strategy for Child Labor Elimination in Agriculture in Argentina

This project is raising the visibility and understanding of child labor in agriculture in Argentina and contributing to improved tools and coordination among government entities, the private sector, and civil society to confront the problem. It focuses on the provinces of Tucumán, Misiones, and Buenos Aires. The project is working with the private sector to develop agricultural certifications and mechanisms for addressing child labor in yerba mate and blueberry production.

Final Evaluation Argentina Desarrollo y Autogestión (DYA) 01/01/2019 10/31/2021

Palma Futuro: Preventing and Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor in Palm Oil Supply Chains

This project works to improve the implementation of social compliance systems that promote acceptable conditions of work and prevent or reduce child and forced labor in palm oil supply chains in Colombia and Ecuador. It will also disseminate best practices for social compliance systems in these and other palm oil producing countries, particularly Brazil and Peru.

Interim Evaluation Infographic Colombia, Ecuador Partners of the Americas 01/01/2019 12/31/2022

Improving the Capacity of Labor and Agriculture Stakeholders to Address Child Labor in Agricultural Areas of Argentina Project

This project is building the capacity of labor and agriculture stakeholders to more effectively implement the National Action Plan on Child Labor and coordinate efforts to combat child labor. The project is generating knowledge and information on child labor and adolescent work in agriculture; raising awareness of and advocating for a solution to the problem; and helping labor and agriculture stakeholders build their capacity to address child labor by designing local-level models, methodologies, and tools.

Multi-Project Evaluation Argentina International Labor Organization (ILO) 01/01/2019 08/31/2022

Adwuma Pa

The Adwuma Pa project works to reduce the risk of child and forced labor, and other exploitative labor practices, by improving the economic participation and empowerment of women and adolescent girls within cocoa-producing communities in Ghana.

Interim Evaluation Infographic Ghana Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) 11/16/2018 11/15/2022

Adwuma Pa

The Adwuma Pa project works to reduce the risk of child and forced labor, and other exploitative labor practices, by improving the economic participation and empowerment of women and adolescent girls within cocoa-producing communities in Ghana.

Interim Evaluation Ghana Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) 11/16/2018 11/15/2022

Improving Labor Law Enforcement in Guatemala

Promoting acceptable working conditions in trade partner countries helps the U.S. create a fair playing field for its own workforce and for U.S. companies that play by the rules. This project seeks to ensure that workers in the agricultural export sector in Guatemala, with whom the U.S. has a free trade agreement, receive at least the minimum wage, work within legal hours of work limits, receive due compensation for overtime, and operate in a safe working environment.

Interim Evaluation Report Guatemala International Labor Organization (ILO) 10/01/2018 03/01/2022

Improving Labor Law Enforcement in Guatemala

Promoting acceptable working conditions in trade partner countries helps the U.S. create a fair playing field for its own workforce and for U.S. companies that play by the rules. This project seeks to ensure that workers in the agricultural export sector in Guatemala, with whom the U.S. has a free trade agreement, receive at least the minimum wage, work within legal hours of work limits, receive due compensation for overtime, and operate in a safe working environment.

Interim Evaluation Infographic Summary Guatemala International Labor Organization (ILO) 10/01/2018 03/01/2022
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