Given the diversity of the initiatives to be evaluated, the evaluation team focused on directly eliciting extensive direct participation of the beneficiaries through focus groups and semistructured interviews, complemented by a survey of a sample of 100 representatives of the beneficiary populations.
Overall, the “Fez Medina” activity had a positive impact on the beneficiary groups of the Resettlement Action Plan, who saw an improvement in their social and economic situation. Vulnerable populations especially benefited, thanks to the training and vocational integration program, which opened up new occupational vistas for them. Moreover, the working conditions of beneficiaries in Aïn Nokbi substantially improved.
Positive impacts were also seen in the businesses and management teams, whose competencies and know-how were improved by the project.
The project had some unexpected adverse effects on neighboring populations that were economically linked to Lalla Yeddouna square but were not beneficiaries of the PAR. When the project was conceived, the risk of adverse effects on this group was considered to be minimal because of the short duration of these effects. However, the delays sharply exacerbated the adverse impact, with the result that many businesses were forced to close and declare bankruptcy.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Agriculture and Irrigation
Medina of Fez
Unit of Analysis
Artisans within the Fez Medina area
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
Transtec-Attitudes Conseil Consortium
Millennium Challenge Corporation
For the AFM and FLVT evaluations as a whole, the size of the original sample of 1297 individuals was cut to 770 following the decision to eliminate the Vocational Training and PEAQC activities from the Transtec-AC evaluation. The size of the sample for the evaluation of just the AFM and Handicrafts and Fez Medina activities was 270 individuals. The reasons behind this choice were budgetary and quality concerns. First, the size of the sample was determined by the budgetary credits allocated to the evaluation after taking the cost of collecting data from the statistical units into account. Second, 770 individuals were selected because of the need to obtain significant results for the main variables; this affected the integration of the beneficiaries (strata constructed), given the difficulty locating the statistical units and the problem of nonresponse, which is, de facto, relatively high for this type of survey.
Deviations from the Sample Design
As indicated earlier, the size of the total sample for the AFM and FLVT evaluations, originally set at 1297 individuals, was cut to 770 following APP’s decision, communicated on 4 July 2013, to eliminate the Vocational Training and PEAQC activities from the Transtec-AC Consortium evaluation project. The size of the sample for evaluating just the AFM project and the “Artisan” and “Fez Medina” activities was 270 individuals.
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Transtec-Attitudes Conseil Consortium. Final Evaluation of the “Artisan and Fez Medina” Project and the “Functional Literacy and Vocational Training." November 2013.