In 2014, UNICEF headquarters, in collaboration with its East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), took the decision to address certain issues related to the health of women and children by implementing a regional Institutional Strengthening Support Initiative to improve the Programme Monitoring and Response (PMR) capacity of the centralized government decision-making bodies and communities in four countries (Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe).
The ESAR PMR was designed as a learning initiative with the following goals: 1)Improve service provision/program performance during the course of implementation through improved monitoring of intermediate results, establishment of citizen feedback loops, and the use of monitoring and feedback dated to adjust and strategies as needed in a timely manner; and 2) Identify and promote those promising practices of progress monitoring in response, tested and proven by early adopter districts, through the development of national scale-up plans with in participating countries in the establishment of knowledge exchange platforms.
ISG and Development Gateway have been selected to undertake a final evaluation to assess achievement towards the programme’s expected results (milestones, outputs, intermediate outcomes, and primary outcomes) as per the initiatives Results Framework and the extent to which the programme activities have changed how more real time data is collected, analysed, packages, disseminated, and used. The findings will be used to support the further national scale-up of documented effective PMR institutional strengthening interventions in the four participating countries and Guide replication in the other countries in which UNICEF operates. Additionally, the findings will add to the regional and global knowledge base by generating evidence on processes and outcomes related to strengthening decentralized PMR systems in the health and nutrition sectors.