Reflections on the Midterm Evaluation

Greetings from Delhi. The evaluation of CRWRC’s USAID-funded Child Survival Project in India is done. As mentioned in the prior post, the project has made excellent progress towards achieving its objectives, having already surpassed end-of-project targets for 12 of 23 objectives. Twelve recommendations were made that focus on program improvement for the next 2.5 years and establishing self-sustaining interventions that will continue when the project ends. Some of the recommendations include strengthening the health system to increase access to safe delivery sites; building the capacity of village-level health workers; and using behavior change communication to examine barriers to safe delivery, good nutrition, full immunizations, diarrhea care seeking, and exclusive breast feeding.

Presentation of the evaluation process and recommendations was well received by the government officials and project field staff in Sahibganj, as well as USAID officials, EFICOR staff and other collaborating NGOs in Delhi. The affirming feedback that was received from all underscores the importance of the health system-village partnership approach to community development demonstrated in this project.

It has been a great experience to participate in this evaluation with Frank Baer, Lead evaluator (baertracks.com, bemorecreative.com); Nancy TenBroek, CRWRC Asia Regional Health Advisor; Alan Talens, CRWRC Health Advisor; Prashant Missal, CRWRC CSP Manager; and all the staff in Sahibganj. The work being done here through CRWRC is important work. I have been blessed to have a small part in it.

Grace Kreulen

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