Getting to an Evaluation Plan: A Five-Step Process From Engagement to Evidence

Session Number: 2700
Track: Health Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: Evaluation planning and design, Stakeholder engagement
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Brittany Schriver Iskarpatyoti, MPH [Research Analyst - MEASURE Evaluation]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Elizabeth Sutherland [Sr. Advisor, Health - MEASURE Evaluation, UNC-CH]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (04:30 PM - 05:15 PM)
Room: Washington 3

Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

As data become ubiquitous, it is necessary to be intentional in collaborating and aligning resources to answer larger evaluation questions. The purpose of this session is to demonstrate a new toolkit, developed by the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project, that facilitates the development of a functional written M&E plan. The approach brings together stakeholders at the country level to identify common, high-priority information needs and map existing data sources. Participants identify data collection that is planned and develop an effective research design (such as plausibility and quasi-experimental designs) to fill remaining health information gaps, including funding, timelines, and roles and responsibilities of stakeholders. Implementation of the toolkit yields a complete evaluation plan that is wholly owned by the stakeholders who participate in the planning process. We will review the toolkit, provide examples of its use in national contexts, and demonstrate how programs can use this resource in their own work.