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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



Health System Strengthening in Delhi

We have one more day of field visits and interviews with the beneficiaries of the Chotton ki Asha (CKA) program. It has been raining every day since the beginning of the evaluation and the Yamuna River (the largest tributary river of the Ganges in northern India) is on the rise. The Press Trust of India […]



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 […]