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External Evaluation of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Field of Expertise:
Health Service Delivery; PHC/MNCH/RH/Nutrition/W&S; Child and adolescent health; Health Service Delivery; PHC/MNCH/RH/Nutrition/W&S; Reproductive Health / Maternal health / newborn health; Health Policy and Governance; Global Health; Global Health
Narrative description of project:
The mission of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) is to increase the engagement, alignment and accountability of partners through a multi-stakeholder platform that supports successful implementation of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. The aim is to enable members or partners to achieve more together than any individual partner could achieve alone.

hera's external evaluation took place within the context of other evaluation and review work on which the evaluation would draw, reflecting on the unique findings of each, as well as interpreting new information arising from document review, interviews with partners and focus group interviews with a range of stakeholders, analysis and triangulation. Based on lessons learned, the evaluation explored how the Partnership could shape its future to achieve the aims and ambitions of the members. The evaluation aimed to provide an independent and reasoned view on the continued relevance and validity of the Partnerships mandate and mission, its governance structure and approach, its achievements, the effectiveness and impact of programming from 2014 through 2019, whilst also looking forwards towards 2025. The key target audiences for the evaluation are members of the PMNCH Board, the PMNCH Partnership and the PMNCH Secretariat.
Description of services provided:
The evaluation used a mixed methods approach, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative components, and had both a retrospective and prospective orientation. The evaluation spanned the period from 2014 to 2019. Twenty-one overall evaluation questions were developed to guide the enquiry.
The evaluation drew on ten discrete but overlapping data collection processes: (i) desk-based documentation review; (ii) high level strategic discussions, including participation in the PMNCH November 2019 Board meeting; (iii) key informant interviews (KIIs); (iv) constituency-based group consultations; (v) a partnership e-based open enquiry; (vi) country case studies; (vii) a social network analysis (SNA); (viii) a partnership database analysis; (ix) a funding analysis, and; (x) an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of global health partnerships (GHPs).

The evaluation was led by CEPA who contracted the hera consultant to support with the social network analysis, general data collection and analysis and Kenya country case study.