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J Dev Effect. 2018;10(2):277-289. doi: 10.1080/19439342.2018.1452779. Epub 2018 Mar 21.

How well are aid agencies evaluating programs? An assessment of the quality of global health evaluations.

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1
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.
2
Monitoring and Evaluation, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Boston, MA, USA.
3
Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, USA.
4
Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

Evaluations are key to learning and accountability. We assessed the methodological quality of 37 randomly selected programme evaluations from 5 major global health funders. Two researchers rated each evaluation for relevance, validity, and reliability and met to resolve discrepancies. Most evaluations asked questions relevant to the health programme, but less than 40 per cent of impact evaluations and less than 10 per cent of performance evaluations used relevant data, followed accepted social science methods for sampling, or had high analytical validity and reliability. There is a need to improve the methodological quality of programme evaluations.

KEYWORDS:

Evaluation; development; global health; methodology

PMID:
30275927
PMCID:
PMC6161748
[Available on 2019-03-21]
DOI:
10.1080/19439342.2018.1452779

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