This workshop provided an opportunity to share initial progress and plans around a set of prospective full country evaluations, but also to hear suggestions and ideas from the audience on how to strengthen the evaluation approach and design.
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The GAVI Alliance promotes itself as a learning organisation and places great value on using experiences and lessons learnt to strengthen future programmes and ways of working. One innovative way it is pursuing this agenda is through launching a set of prospective full country evaluations to be conducted over the 2013-2016 period in five countries.
This workshop provided an opportunity for both the consortium selected to conduct these evaluations (led by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, PATH and institutions from each of the five countries) to share initial progress and plans around these evaluations, but also to hear suggestions and ideas from the audience on how to strengthen the evaluation approach and design.
The value of adopting a more prospective approach to evaluating GAVI support, as opposed to the more traditional retrospective approach, was summarised by Stephen Lim of IHME as “a real opportunity for the GAVI Alliance to comprehensively understand its contribution in countries”.
The emphasis on in-country capacity strengthening was highlighted by Uganda and all presenters as being important as countries seek to further develop their immunisation systems over the next five years with further vaccine introductions.
Jane Achan, from the evaluation team in Uganda also pointed to the timeliness of this evaluation in the context of multiple new vaccine introductions and particularly the need to better understand factors responsible for low immunisation coverage rates.
It is intended that these evaluations will not only be of value for the five countries, but will also produce key evidence for informing the development of GAVI’s next strategy and for the broader public health community.
One member of the audience summarised their view of these evaluations as, “a truly valuable platform for countries going forward and a great opportunity to improve M&E at the country level.”