Measuring if Programs  Make a Difference in the Lives of Orphans and Vulnerable Children Florence Nyangara, PhD Tonya Thur...
Why Targeted Evaluation of OVC programs? <ul><li>Find out “what works” in terms of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>intervention mode...
How was the TE research Implemented? <ul><li>Funds were made available </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive pre-study consultations...
Limitations of the post-test only design <ul><li>Intervention and comparison groups – not sure if the two were similar bef...
Data collection approaches <ul><li>Case studies for each program – full & mini-studies </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome evaluatio...
Outcome areas examined <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Health, food, & nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Child protection </...
Ensuring relevance & utility  <ul><li>Data Demand & Information Utilization (DDIU) was emphasized throughout the research ...
Expected study findings  <ul><li>Insights about the characteristics of orphans and vulnerable children (receiving services...
Next steps  <ul><li>Analysis has started for four studies with complete data </li></ul><ul><li>Findings will be published ...
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  • Measureing if Programs Make a Difference in the Lives of Orphans and Vulnerable Children

    1. 1. Measuring if Programs Make a Difference in the Lives of Orphans and Vulnerable Children Florence Nyangara, PhD Tonya Thurman, MPH, PhD MEASURE Evaluation
    2. 2. Why Targeted Evaluation of OVC programs? <ul><li>Find out “what works” in terms of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>intervention models and program components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cost effectiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>outcomes (benefits) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide evidence for OVC program decisions to improve child wellbeing </li></ul>Symposium2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    3. 3. How was the TE research Implemented? <ul><li>Funds were made available </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive pre-study consultations and literature reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Five OVC programs were selected </li></ul><ul><li>Study design selected </li></ul><ul><li>Selected and involved local research organizations for both countries </li></ul>Symposium2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    4. 4. Limitations of the post-test only design <ul><li>Intervention and comparison groups – not sure if the two were similar before program intervention </li></ul><ul><li>No baseline data – difficult to determine the extent of change within the intervention group </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore: we will only compare the outcomes in the two groups </li></ul>Symposium2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    5. 5. Data collection approaches <ul><li>Case studies for each program – full & mini-studies </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Costing assessment </li></ul>Symposium2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    6. 6. Outcome areas examined <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Health, food, & nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Child protection </li></ul><ul><li>Psychosocial well-being </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/AIDS knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual behavior (adolescents only) </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter & care </li></ul><ul><li>Household economic security </li></ul><ul><li>Community support </li></ul><ul><li>Positive health & psychosocial wellbeing of caregiver </li></ul>Symposium2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    7. 7. Ensuring relevance & utility <ul><li>Data Demand & Information Utilization (DDIU) was emphasized throughout the research study </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholders have been fully involved in the process. </li></ul>Symposium2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    8. 8. Expected study findings <ul><li>Insights about the characteristics of orphans and vulnerable children (receiving services or not) </li></ul><ul><li>Insights on how various program interventions have benefited children (each outcome) </li></ul><ul><li>Insights on what it costs to make a difference in the life of an OVC </li></ul>Symposium2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    9. 9. Next steps <ul><li>Analysis has started for four studies with complete data </li></ul><ul><li>Findings will be published in six program guidance briefing papers </li></ul><ul><li>Results will be disseminated and shared through workshops, conferences, seminars, working group, etc. </li></ul>Symposium2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure

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