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Program Evaluation

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Building Capacity to Understand "What Works"

Program evaluation must be independent of program implementation, but conducted by local researchers who understand the local context and are credible sources of results for decision makers.

IIP has designed and led evaluations of major public health initiatives implemented in numerous low- and middle-income countries, including the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), UNICEF’s Accelerated Child Survival and Development (ACSD) initiative, the Catalytic Initiative to Save a Million Lives and the Community Case Management of Childhood Illness (CCM). 

IIP has provided technical support to evaluations of the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and malaria, the President’s Emergency Fund for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), and the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Foundation, among others. 

This experience has led to the development of new and improved methods for the evaluation of programs at scale, including the National Evaluation Platform and methods to assess the strength of program implementation and the quality of service delivery. Measurement challenges are a particular focus of IIP, including the development of “real-time” methods for monitoring child mortality and the validation and improvement of indicators for coverage measurement and the implementation of CCM, as well as verbal and social autopsy methods.


Past IIP Projects in Program Evaluation: 

  • Real Accountability: Data Analysis for Results (RADAR)
  • Independent evaluation of the Catalytic Initiative to Save a Million Lives (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi)?
  • Real-time monitoring of under-five mortality (Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Niger)
  • iCCM: Improving Data to Improve Programs (Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique)
  • National Evaluation Platform (Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania)
  • Ethiopia Seqota Nutrition Evaluation
  • Evaluation of the scale-up of treatment of diarrhea with ORS and zinc (Bihar, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh states of India)
  • Evaluation of Global Fund to AIDS, TB & Malaria in Mozambique and Senegal