RFP Title: USAID Grand Challenges Meta-Evaluation
Date of Issuance: October 18, 2019
Closing Date for Questions: October 24, 2019 at 11:59PM Eastern Time (ET)
Response to Questions: October 28, 2019 at 11:59PM ET
Closing Date: November 11, 2019 at 11:59PM ET


Over the last decade USAID has participated in ten Grand Challenges (GC) for Development that mobilize governments, companies, and foundations around important issues. Through these programs, USAID and public and private partners bring in new voices to solve development problems. They source new solutions, test new ideas, and scale what works.

USAID’s recognizes the opportunity to systematically reflect on GCs to generate an actionable evidence base to support the inform the development and implementation of GC in the future. To do so, USAID is commissioning an evaluation of their GC program to:

  1. Assess the historical impact of and the sustainability of results achieved through the Grand Challenge approach;
  2. Develop practical strategies and frameworks to measure the impact and results of GCs and their innovations across diverse contexts, stages of innovation, and multi-partner programs;
  3. Assess the feasibility of measuring the cost-effectiveness of GCs and of comparing the cost-effectiveness of GCs to program alternatives; and
  4. Assess innovation scaling support provided by GC supported-innovations have reached scale, and identify what strategies, characteristics, and other factors contributed to or inhibited scaling.

To apply, download the USAID Grand Challenges Meta-Evaluation description below.