Our suite of public policy advisory services helps you effectively align your organization’s present focus and future growth plans with relevant policy directives and enable engagement with policy on a long-term basis.
In addition to helping identify connects between your business values, strategies and products with national development priorities, you are also provided with support to form strategic partnerships and engage with relevant key industry influencers. You also receive key insights from our network of experts and advisors with advanced data analytics, along with perception audit and impact measurement services.
At Athena, we combine our understanding of business metrics and social sector evaluations to help our clients easily incorporate a strategic learning lens and synthesize data findings on their social and environmental impacts into insights that can guide actions and decisions.
We combine a range of tested tools and approaches to empower our clients to measure their social/environmental return on investment at the beneficiary level (mobile data, scraping and mining public data sets) and build logic models (impact theses and blueprints), stress-testing and forecasting impact scenarios based on macro and micro variables, impact scorecards, and quasi-experimental methods to build models of impact measurement across the investment life cycle which is ‘responsive and nimble’.
Athena believes that an ideal CSR program aligns your organization’s business purposes with national/global development priorities. Grass-roots knowledge and development research experience helps you identify the most feasible, high impact interventions, tailored to suit local conditions. In addition to programme design inputs, you are also provided a comprehensive Monitoring, Learning and evaluation (MLE) solution which leverages our bespoke DEDUCE tool-kit for effective reporting, impact measurement and course correction. Our aim is to en sure sustainable outcomes for beneficiaries while strengthening your brand.
Athena’s evaluations philosophy focuses on continuous improvement, learning and impact. Our suite of evaluation solutions helps policy makers drive meaningful macro outcomes, program managers deliver on intended micro outcomes, project teams achieve specific micro impact and social investors measure macro impact of their investment interests. We do this across the value chain starting with design, and extending into pilot and scale up of evaluation interventions.
Policy makers and development agents are increasingly turning to behavioral sciences to better understand the underlying factors that influence people’s behaviors which may help achieve policy/programme goals.
Whether the question at hand is to get people to build toilets or promote the desired health seeking behaviors among women, the ability to ask the right questions to extract behavioral drivers can go a long way in designing more effective policies and programmes. Athena blends the latest thinking in social science research to map behaviors with responsive data collection techniques such as ‘disguised experimentation’ and ’empathic design’ to reduce respondent bias and better map the ‘projective techniques’, behavioral contexts and underlying drivers. We also empower our clients use the power of big-data to analyze, profile and predict behaviors.
The data revolution is open to anyone with the right tools, and big data, when leveraged, can be a valuable source of input into policy design and developmental outcomes. However, the biggest challenge today is one of empowering decision makers to emerge as active ‘users’ of data.
This demands a close understanding of the strategic and operational needs of developments agents. At Athena, we strive towards making data work for development practitioners by building new, cost-effective systems of data generation and recommendation engines that support real time evidence-based learning. Our recommendation engines work towards leveraging the power of both client data and data generated from publicly available sources to empower our clients access the information they need, quickly and cost effectively through intuitive and easy to use dashboards and interface systems.