Country Level Gender Analysis
Social Impact funded by USAID commissioned InfoPro to conduct the study. The aim of the study was to assess existing gender gaps, opportunities and needs that the USAID / Lebanon program can address to better achieve its objectives. The study also delved into the different perceptions of women and men that are particularly disadvantaged or have strong unmet needs for empowerment. InfoPro utilized a mixed methodology combining both focus groups and in-depth interviews to reach the objectives of the study. A total of 56 focus groups were conducted with male and female community members aged between 18 and 24 years and between 25 and 45 years residing in the various Lebanese governorates. Seventy-one in-depth interviews were also conducted with representatives from USAID, civil society organizations, municipal members of both genders, ministries and donors. The aim of the in-depth interviews was to provide a better understanding of the different gender related gaps and the most effective improvement opportunities for the project.
Three Phase Survey on Municipal Police Perception
UNDP Lebanon, through its community security and access to justice project, is supporting the professionalization of municipal police as well as improving service delivery by ISF police stations across 23 municipalities: Majdel Anjar, Baalback, Halba, Batroun, Bourj Hammoud, Saida, as well as 17 municipalities of Iklim El Kharoub Union of municipalities. In order to assess the impact of the project and to better understand the needs of host communities and Syrian refugees in the 23 pilot and two non-pilot municipalities, UNDP in 2018 commissioned InfoPro to conduct a perception survey composed of three phases (baseline survey, intermediary survey and end-line survey). Each phase is composed of a sample of 2,900 Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees. The study will specifically delve into the following:
- Attitude towards overall quality of life
- Attitude towards the local government
- Better understand issues pertaining to fear of crime, victimization, and security
- Attitude towards the Internal Security Forces and the Army
- Better understand how participants contact local security (reactive and proactive contact)
- Attitudes towards rules of law and cooperation with the Police
Program Impact Survey
The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of the Pan Arab region is a promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. The forum, in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, organizes on a yearly basis an MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition. The Competition which started in 2006 brings in a total of 2,000 to 4,000 applications on a yearly basis. MITEF expressed their interest in carrying-out a survey to measure the impact the Arab Start-Up Competition has created over the past six years. MIT EF indicated that they would like to quantify a set of key performance indicators related to the competition semi-finalists. The indicators developed by InfoPro and MITEF and which were assessed are the following:
- Number of ideas turned into startups as a result of the Competition.
- Number of startups that are still in business to date
- Number of Full-Time vs. Part-Time jobs created
- Number of clients acquired
- Market Size
- Average annual revenue
- Profile of people on the team
- Percentage of females with a leading role
- Number of startups that are no longer in business
- Benefit from the Competition: trainings, business coaching, media exposure, prize money, networking, connections, MIT brand helped them raise (additional) capital, win other competitions, get incubation, get acceleration, media coverage, etc..
To reach the objectives of the study, InfoPro with MITEF decided to interview a pool of semi-finalists and applicants to the MIT EF Arab Startup Competition. InfoPro to kick-start the project compiled a list of all semi-finalists and applicants. InfoPro then conducted Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews with the semi-finalists and filled an online survey with the applicants. The sample was segmented to be representative of the place of residence of semi-finalists and applicants; Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, North Africa, and the Gulf countries. The project allowed MITEF to understand the impact the Arab Startup Competition and to cater its future strategy for the program accordingly.