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URC’s Diana Chamrad to speak at Evaluation 2016 Conference
Join panelists Molly Cannon, Senior Technical Advisor, Palladium; Eve Namisango; and Diana Chamrad, Improvement Director, University Research Co., LLC as they discuss, “Evaluation of a Beneficiary Identification Tool” on October 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The panel is part of Evaluation 2016, the American Evaluation Association’s 30th annual international conference, which runs October 24-29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
In PEPFAR’s efforts to improve the quality of services provided to vulnerable children and their caregivers, prioritizing who will receive services is an important first step in a case management approach. The complex nature of programs for orphans and vulnerable children poses a challenge to enrolling households for services in an environment where vulnerability is pervasive, but resources are limited. Globally, programs struggle to develop the right tools to aid in the prioritization process.
In Uganda, the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development developed a vulnerability index tool and sought to evaluate its performance. The MEASURE Evaluation Project, supported by USAID and PEPFAR, discovered that the tool excluded critically vulnerable children from services. In a week-long meeting with the Ugandan government and the project’s sub-grantees, the project guided participants to redesign the tool, from defining vulnerability to establishing standardized criteria for enrollment into OVC programs. Subsequently, USAID ASSIST has supported the Ministry of Social Development in Lesotho to adapt the tool to identify beneficiaries for the program. The tool has also been adapted for use in South Sudan.
For full details and registration, please visit the AEA’s conference website.
October 13, 2016