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 [...]



Operations Research (OR): What is it? How is it incorporated into projects?

With Operations Research (OR) becoming in integral part of child survival projects, I attended a pre-CORE meeting workshop designed to explore this topic. OR was described as a subset of implementation research that studies the processes of an intervention to define HOW and WHY the intervention works. It leads to a detailed description of key [...]



“Programs must be designed with the exit in mind”

Sustainability was a key thread at the Spring CORE Group meeting. Multiple presentations of post-project sustainability studies highlighted the importance of working to insure the lasting impact of program interventions. These studies also examined program characteristics that contribute to sustainable outcomes. Of particular note, Beatrice Rogers from Tufts University presented a model of key sustainability [...]



Capacity Strengthening for Global Health

The theme of the April 22-26, 2013 CORE Group Community Health Network Spring Meeting in Baltimore was: Capacity Strengthening for Global Health: Partnerships, Accountability, Integration and Learning. Promoting participatory and inclusive country ownership is a key principal of development assistance that was examined from a variety of perspectives. In a series of blogs, I will [...]



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 [...]



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 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 [...]



Incorporating Equity into Health Programs

The focus of the 2011 Spring CORE Group meeting was ‘Equity in Health: Ensuring Access, Increasing Use.’ The topic was approached from conceptual, programmatic, technical, and legal perspectives. One session, led by Jennifer Luna, discussed a guidance document developed collaboratively by USAID, MCHIP, the CORE Group and other technical experts entitled Considerations for incorporating health [...]