IDEAL Qualitative M&E Program Improvement Award

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IDEAL is inviting organizations engaged in emergency and non-emergency food and nutrition security activities to apply for a Qualitative Monitoring and Evaluation Program Improvement Award (PIA).

This Request for Applications (RFA) is soliciting applications that strengthen the capacity of USAID Title II implementers to incorporate qualitative analysis into monitoring and evaluation. Applications will support the development, testing, packaging, and sharing of processes, systems, and tools to improve qualitative data collection, analysis, and utilization in support of USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance strategy and policy. Specifically, it seeks to operationalize the qualitative component of the former FFP (BHA) Policy and Guidance for Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting for Development Food Security Activities V2.0 (P&G).

For each grant, IDEAL will award no more than $100,000 US dollars for up to 12 months of implementation.

Application Requirements

Research applications should be submitted electronically and include the Narrative Research Application Template (Attachment 1), Qualitative Activity Schedule (Attachment 2), Budget Template (Attachment 3), Budget Narrative Template (Attachment 4), and Past Performance Information Request (Attachment 5).

For more details about this request for applications, please download the RFA by clicking below:


Submission Deadline

Submissions are due by 5 PM ET on Friday, March 5, 2021. Applications must be submitted electronically to


The question and answer period for this RFA is closed. You can now access the RFA Q&A document by clicking here and review the webinar materials (including the presentation and recording) by clicking here.


The Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) activity is funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) that works to support the United States Government’s goal of improving food and nutrition security among the world’s most vulnerable households and communities. IDEAL addresses knowledge and capacity gaps expressed by the food and nutrition security implementing community, supporting them in the design and implementation of effective development and emergency food security activities.

*IDEAL, Save the Children Federation, and/or USAID reserves the right to modify or cancel any planned or released RFAs.

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