Maternal and Child Health in Bangladesh and Malawi

I just returned from an evaluation of a two-country, 3.5 year Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) project funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and carried out by World Renew in Bangladesh and Malawi. Maternal and neonatal/infant mortality in these countries, although improving, remain high, as does the number […]



Final Evaluation Wrap-up in New Delhi

The day after arriving in New Delhi, I went with five other members of the evaluation team to the USAID Mission in the US Embassy where we were welcomed by the Deputy Director Health Officer and staff. Following my presentation of the final evaluation findings, a discussion of the accomplishments of the project occurred. We […]



The First Dissemination in Sahibganj

Once we had digested our qualitative data from the field interviews, I was ready to prepare the final disseminations to government officials in Sahibganj and then to stakeholders in New Delhi, including EFICOR and USAID. For better or worse, PowerPoint is the medium that I used to organize the information—words, pictures, charts… Working with other […]



Peeling the Onion

Before the groups returned to the project office in Sahibganj, I created a template for them to organize their interview results. I hoped that this would facilitate organizing information from disparate groups interviewing different types of stakeholders. After returning, the groups set to work in different offices fitting their interview notes into the A-C-E-S format […]



A Surprise on Our Field Visit

After my group’s first day in the field, we stayed in the Mariampahar Catholic mission near the village of Baharwa. My husband Dave and I had stayed there on our first visit to India in 2008. The father remembered us and provided us with rooms to spend the night. The accommodations were well, Spartan and […]



Field Visits

Field visits are used to gather information from stakeholders and give life to the data collected for the final evaluation. For example, the final survey found that the percentage of children born in clinics or hospitals (institutional deliveries), one of the objectives of the project, more than doubled in the 5 years since the baseline […]



Review of the Final Data Evokes Strong Emotions

In the second workshop our job was to help the staff identify the most important activities of the project. These “gems” would focus our thinking on what could be generalized from this project to other maternal and newborn health projects. I used the acronym “ACES” to guide our thinking: Accomplishments, Challenges, Exports and Sustainability. Because […]



The On-Site Portion of the Process Begins in Sahibganj

In the offices of EFICOR, in Sahibganj, the on-site project manager, directors and coordinators met to develop the process of gathering information that would support and amplify the data in the final KPC report. In the first day and a half I started with what I called workshops. Because there had been baseline and mid-term […]



The First Step: Meeting with Project Directors and Consultants

I met with the project directors from CRWRC and EFICOR as well as the consultant who wrote the final Knowledge, Practice and Coverage report. We analyzed the final data and discussed possible interpretations. Because nearly all of the objectives of the project were met, it was a pleasant meeting. What a joy it is to […]



Final Evaluation of Child Survival Grant in Jharkhand

I am leading the final evaluation of a Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) child survival grant.  I have arrived in Kolkata, India for review meetings with some of the project staff from Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR), CRWRC and an Indian consultant. After that initial step we will board the train to […]