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 [...]



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 [...]



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 [...]



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 [...]



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 [...]