U.S. Department of State Mercury Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) implemented the Mercury Program to develop U.S. policy on environmental issues in air pollution, toxic chemicals and pesticides, hazardous waste, and energy production and reduce transboundary pollution internationally. IBTCI was tasked with conducting performance evaluations of grantee companies funded to reduce harmful environmental practices in Peru, Ecuador, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Philippines, and Indonesia.  IBTCI utilized key data collection methods consisting of information discovery with the Department of State’s Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues Office (EQT) representatives, a document review and structured key informant interviews (KIIs) with grantees and energy/environmental infrastructure employees, followed by a unique questionnaire customized for each grantee. IBTCI drew on past EQT project briefings, DoS Evaluation Guidelines, and the accumulated project documentation of the five Mercury Program grants, including grantees’ proposals, grant agreements (originals and amendments), scopes of work, implementation plans, corresponding progress reports, and grantee financial reports and project budgets to evaluate performance.