Case Story:

Technical Writing and Design Services Lead to Federal Recognition for Social Innovation Transparency

Challenge

Write and design engaging briefs that will convey key lessons and drive action.

Solution

We translated technical and complex reports to create clear, focused, and compelling 4-page evaluation briefs for Congressional readers and evaluation experts.

Results

63 evaluation briefs have been published and MCC ranked first among U.S. federal agencies and seventh in the world for aid transparency in the 2020 Aid Transparency Index. 

The Millennium Challenge Corporation ranks first in the nation in the Aid Transparency Index

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a government organization with the mission to reduce global poverty through the promotion of sustainable economic growth. Untold Content served as writers and editors for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)’s Monitoring & Evaluation office—charged with writing, editing, designing, and producing data visualizations for evaluation brief deliverables. As lead writers, copyeditors, and designers on this effort, Untold Content distilled 100+ page evaluation reports into high-impact 4-page briefs that capture complex supervisory and evaluation-based information for a wide range of audiences. Our work involved editing highly technical financial, economic, social, and infrastructural subject matter. Through this process, we collaborated with government leads to develop a standardized document template, design, and workflow that SMEs across the organization can use to create briefs for current and future evaluations. 

Explore the many evaluation briefs that have been published through this partnership. 

 

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PROJECT GOALS

  • Establish standardized process for writing and designing evaluation briefs 
  • Create evaluation briefs for past and current evaluation reports 

OUR SOLUTION

We collaborated with Evaluation & Monitoring leads to develop a content and design template that would create consistency across all evaluation briefs. Working with the Evaluation Reports and in partnership with the MCC team, we distilled key lessons and takeaways, crafted the Evaluation Brief content, and designed infographics to highlight important pieces of information. 

The Results of the Partnership

  • Dozens of Evaluation Briefs were written, designed, and published on the MCC website. 
  • Worked with MCC translators to translate Evaluation Briefs for dissemination in program country. 
  • Designed layout and infographics for MCC’s Principles into Practice Technical and Vocational Education and Training paper, in which MCC discusses how it has put the principle of transparency into practice and what it has learned about implementing this fundamental tenet of aid effectiveness during its first 10 years of experience. 
  • Established streamlined process for creation of all future Evaluation Briefs. 
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the impact

  • MCC launched the Evaluation Briefs in May 2019 and has since published over 103. 
  • MCC ranked first among U.S. federal agencies and seventh in the world for aid transparency in the 2020 Aid Transparency Index
  • The Evaluation Briefs are integral to MCC’s commitment to accountability and learning, by sharing the evaluation information and data in a user-friendly, accessible manner.
63

Evaluation briefs written and designed collaboratively between Untold and MCC

100+

page reports distilled into 4-page briefs

#1

Nationally for aid transparency in the 2020 Aid Transparency Index 

Background

Millennium Challenge Corporation is a government organization with the mission to reduce global poverty through the promotion of sustainable economic growth. Untold Content serves as writers and editors for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)’s Monitoring & Evaluation office— charged with writing, editing, designing, and producing data visualizations for evaluation brief deliverables.

Goals

  • As lead writers and copyeditors on this effort, Untold Content is translating complex, 100+ page evaluation reports into clear, focused, and compelling 4-page evaluation briefs for Congressional audiences and evaluation experts.

Inputs

  • Distilled 100+ page evaluation reports into high-impact 4-page briefs that capture complex supervisory and evaluation-based information for a wide range of audiences.
  • Wrote and edited financial, economic, social, and infrastructural information in brief form.
  • Collaborated with government leads to develop a standardized document template, design, and workflow that SMEs across the organization can use to create briefs for current and future evaluations.

An example infographic from the “Removing Barriers to High-Value Agriculture in Moldova” evaluation brief.

Outcomes

  • 22 evaluation briefs have been produced within the last year, and Untold has developed a streamlined workflow for continuing the creation of briefs over the course of the next year.

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