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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



Success and Sustainability

Today we finished the final evaluation for HOPE worldwide’s Child Survival Program. It’s always difficult to summarize the experiences of a four-year program, but our dedicated evaluation team was up to the challenge. The primary objective of this evaluation was to discover how the implementation of key strategies and activities led to successful results. Some […]



Video Update from Delhi, India

Our First Day in the Field After three days of preparing for the final evaluation, we spent our first day in the field conducting interviews.



Chotton ki asha (“Hope for the little ones”)

I arrived in India late Tuesday night to lead the final evaluation of HOPE foundation’s child survival program in northeast Delhi funded by USAID.  The name of the program is Chotton ki asha, which means “Hope for the little ones” in Hindi.  HOPE foundation is an independent affiliate of HOPE worldwide, a U.S.-based Private Voluntary […]



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 […]



Evidence of Success

We are nearing completion of the midterm evaluation for the CRWRC Child Survival Project (also known as the Parivartan Project, which means “transformation” in Hindi). Our train leaves Sahibganj station this evening for Kolkata from where we will fly to Delhi. Yesterday, thirty project field staff from throughout the District gathered to discuss evaluation recommendations […]



Observations from the Field

We have returned from visits to 12 villages in 9 sub-districts (or blocks) in Sahibganj where we collected evaluation data. We spoke with government officials, nurse midwives, community health workers, village health committees, health providers, and trained traditional birth attendants to gain a fuller understanding of the midterm survey results as well as how to improve […]



Arrival in India

I arrived safely in India last Saturday to assist the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) with an evaluation of their USAID-funded Child Survival Program that has the overall goal of improving the health and welfare of childbearing mothers and their children.  The work is being done in the rural tribal region of Sahibganj in […]