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Designing evaluation indicators to assess the impact of policy advocacy in a low-resource setting: experiences from Uganda

03-01-2017 04:05

POSTER: The Advocacy for Better Health Project is a five-year initiative
(June 2014–May 2019) funded by the US Agency for International
Development (USAID) with an estimated budget of US$20 million. The
project’s goal is to improve the quality, accessibility, and availability of
health and other social services by enhancing the capacity of citizens
and civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate effectively. The
focus is on advocacy for increased investment and accountability by
decision-makers in order to improve the quality and availability of
essential health and social services in 35 target districts in Uganda.
PATH includes robust monitoring and evaluation in every effort. To
that end, the Advocacy for Better Health team needed an evidence based
approach to evaluate progress toward project goals. First, they
developed a theory of change and results framework to define a clear
link between intermediate results and the overall goal. Building on
these tools, they developed appropriate and data-based indicators to
assess progress and success.

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The Advocacy for Better Health Project is a five-year initiative (June 2014–May 2019) funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) with an estimated budget of US$20 million. The project’s goal is to improve the quality, accessibility, and availability of health and other social services by enhancing the capacity of citizens and civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate effectively. The focus is on advocacy for increased investment and accountability by decision-makers in order to improve the quality and availability of essential health and social services in 35 target districts in Uganda. PATH includes robust monitoring and evaluation in every effort. To that end, the Advocacy for Better Health team needed an evidencebased approach to evaluate progress toward project goals. First, they developed a theory of change and results framework to define a clear link between intermediate results and the overall goal. Building on these tools, they developed appropriate and data-based indicators to assess progress and success. The team found that to effectively monitor and measure progress, indicators must have the following attributes: • An existing data sources—required data is available. • Acceptability—data collected is relevant and acceptable. • Feasibility—the project can secure the resources necessary to assess indicators. • Sensitivity—indicators can reflect even very small policy changes. • Balance—indicators include details that support disaggregation. • Avoid duplication—indicators are unique. • Culturally appropriate—indicators are responsive to social changes.