Evaluation of a Beneficiary Identification Tool

Session Number: 2061
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Multipaper
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Molly Cannon [Senior Technical Advisor - Palladium]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Eve Namisango
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Diana Lynn Chamrad [Improvement Director - University Research Co]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (01:00 PM - 01:45 PM)
Room: A705

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) programs provide services to children and households across several core programmatic areas. The complex nature of OVC programs presents a challenge to implementers in identifying which households to enrol for services. Globally, programs have struggled to develop tools that support the identification process. The Uganda Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development developed a vulnerability index tool. Stakeholders wanted to know how the tool was working once it was rolled out. The USAID- and PEPFAR-supported MEASURE Evaluation Project evaluated the tool and found it excluded critically vulnerable children from program services. The tool’s shortfalls included superfluous indicators, arbitrary score assignment, score aggregation, and cut off points. We re-designed the tool by clarifying what is meant by “vulnerability” in the OVC program context; identifying priority vulnerability indicators that are programmatically relevant; and determining criteria for automatic enrolment. This tool is now a national tool in Uganda.