Mathematica conducted a rigorous evaluation of the key activities of the Rwanda Threshold Program, which focuses on strengthening the rule of law, civil society, civic participation, media, and the inspectorate services of the national police.
Governance in Rwanda: Program Improves Media and Civic Participation Outcomes
April 2 marks the end of Rwanda's 2015 Governance Month, Phase 1. This initiative, created by the Rwanda Governance Board, is designed to foster the public's understanding of governance, promote civil liberties, encourage government accountability, and increase civic participation by strengthening the dialogue between leaders and citizens. To support such efforts to bolster Rwanda's democratic governance, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) sponsored the Rwanda Threshold Program and commissioned Mathematica Policy Research to evaluate its impact.
Mathematica's rigorous evaluation focused on the effectiveness of key program activities in strengthening (1) the accountability of the Rwandan National Police (RNP), (2) the rule of law for policy reform, (3) the media, and (4) civic participation in government. The evaluation findings revealed that some activities, such as funding community radio stations, increased the citizens' trust in the local media. Likewise, evidence indicates that the program made citizens more willing to voice criticism about local government policies and services. Other activities, such as training judges in decision writing and encouraging citizens to give feedback to police, did not have positive impacts on governance.
For a recap of evaluation findings, watch the video and see our Rwanda Threshold Program graphic.
Rwanda: Democracy and Governance Threshold Program Evaluation
Lessons on Improving Governance in a Complex Policy Environment in Rwanda
This issue brief summarizes the final report for Mathematica’s evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Rwanda Threshold Program. The brief presents the study’s findings regarding the impacts of four programs related to democracy and governance.
Evaluation of the Rwanda Threshold Program: Baseline Report
This report presents preliminary findings from an evaluation funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the Rwanda Threshold Program, which aims to promote political rights, civil liberties, and political accountability through several initiatives, including strengthening police accountability,...