Toolkit for OVC Program Evaluations

Jun 12, 2013 |
Data collected at more than one point in time (e.g., baselines and final evaluations) from populations in target geographic areas or that are specific to project beneficiaries are essential for evaluating the impact and outcomes of programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as for showing results across the broader context of OVC and other programs that align with the Action Plan on Children in Adversity. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) recently released a toolkit to help OVC programs collect and use such data. It has been designed for the following purposes:
  • To enable and standardize the production of population-level data on child and caregiver well-being
  • To produce actionable data to inform programs
  • To enable mid-course corrections and comparative assessments of child and caregiver well-being and of household economic status
The toolkit contains three questionnaires for use in surveys of households with children ages 0 to17 and child caretakers. It also includes a set of indicators and a manual. The manual describes the purpose of the OVC program evaluation tools, including when and how to use them. Further, it presents information on how the tools have been used to date, and how data generated from them can be used to support program planning and management. A question-by-question breakdown of all three survey tools is provided in the manual’s appendices.