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Design and conduct the final evaluation for the Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) 3 project

EnCompass LLC
Field of Expertise:
Health Service Delivery; PHC/MNCH/RH/Nutrition/W&S; Reproductive Health / Maternal health / newborn health
Narrative description of project:
For the past 16 years, the Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by Save the Children, has worked to put the neglected issue of newborn health and care on the global map and on the agenda of ministries of health. The final evaluation focused on SNL Phase 3, from 2014-2017. The SNL3 Final Evaluation is learning focused, with the primary goal of providing information to the broader Maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) community, Save the Children, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on three key areas:
1. SNL3´s contributions to reaching effective coverage of newborn health interventions at scale in four of SNL’s countries – Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Nepal
2. Broader learning that can be extrapolated from SNL3 experiences working in newborn health across these countries and at the global level
3. Potential focus areas for future work in newborn health both at country and global levels.
SNL developed the Pathway to Effective Coverage at Scale at the start of SNL3, building from several other global health models, and in consultation with experts and the EnCompass team. SNL3 has used the Pathway as the framework to assess country-level progress, identify key ingredients for success, and assess newborn programs’ “capacity to implement” and “strength of implementation.”
The country reports include an assessment of the various elements of the Pathway to Effective Coverage in each country. All components and elements were assessed across all countries targeted for country studies. The results of the country analysis were summarized in the global evaluation report.
Description of services provided:
The hera team leader conducted the country studies for Malawi and Ethiopia. She contributed to the development of the evaluation design, data collection tools, codebook for coding of documents and interview questionnaires. She also conducted phone interviews to global and country stakeholder she contributed to elaboration of the global evaluation report and an extensive document review. The software Dedoose was used for the analysis of qualitative data.