E-Gap received a one-time, $60,000 corporate grant to execute an anthropology field school designed to teach student and young professional anthropologists to apply their skills in a nonprofit setting. E-Gap established a partnership with the Trust for the Americas, a 501(c)(3) organization closely affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS) to use this field school to conduct an impact assessment on their existing POETA program.
This fieldwork also provided invaluable insight into global education from a grassroots perspective, and helped E-Gap to develop its project management framework and development strategy. As part of this field school, more than 12 student and professional anthropologists conducted a total of 90 days in the field. They studied at one of 6 sites in the following countries: Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Argentina.
The assessment protocol and data collection methodology were designed internally with the input of Market Research specialist Ruth Sando and based on anthropological methods of survey, qualitative data collection, and quantitative analysis. The participating sites were scored across 6 themes, (Facility and Technology; Program Impact and Satisfaction; Program Sustainability and Growth; Program Administration, and; Transparency) and scored on a 67 point scale. These findings were presented to the Trust for the Americas in early 2015.