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OVC Outcomes Monitoring: Training for Data Collectors on PEPFAR OVC Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Essential Survey Indicators

by on August 31, 2016

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From early childhood through adolescence, life events have far-reaching consequences. Lack of nutrition in early life can stunt growth and lead to health issues. Lack of education through adolescence can limit opportunities for stable livelihoods and lead to risky behavior, which can increase risk for HIV transmission. Providing a suite of integrated services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescents is a means to improve nutrition, access to education, and household economic security.

As part of its monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (MER) guidance, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has launched a set of essential indicators for measuring the effectiveness of these OVC programs that address holistic well-being for children and their families over time.

PEPFAR’s standards and expectations are high for collecting and measuring these indicators. It states that “indicators (which measure the results) are essential to assessing whether programs are measurably improving child well-being,” and that they form the evidence base to “create knowledge for decision making.” The complexity of both OVC programs and of the evolving MER environment demand sophisticated skill levels.

MEASURE Evaluation has developed a new training manual to meet the need for skilled data collectors who can gather required information to track the ways OVC programs contribute to the broader HIV and child protection response. This training tool, “Training for Data Collectors on PEPFAR Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Essential Survey Indicators,” aims to train data collectors in collecting essential data that can support improved, evidence-informed, strategic portfolio development and programming, and resource allocation at all levels. The training manual is designed specifically for outcomes monitoring, which is a rapid survey approach to collect the nine PEPFAR OVC MER essential survey indicators.

This manual also serves to meet longer-term PEPFAR expectations for capacity building for MER data collection skills, data quality assessments, data feedback loops, and data use for decision making that ultimately will reside within local institutions and organizations.

“Data collectors are vital to ensuring successful OVC outcomes monitoring,” says Lisa Parker, PhD, MEASURE Evaluation lead for the project’s OVC monitoring and evaluation portfolio. “This training manual serves as an important step in gathering trustworthy data that will contribute to better programs to address children’s needs through family strengthening OVC interventions and to design the next generation of evidence-informed programs.”

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Data is important to determine “what works” and to keep OVC programming on track, ensuring positive impacts on children and families, reaching targets laid out in the PEPFAR initiatives—Accelerating Children on Treatment (ACT) and Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS)—and ultimately achieving the goal of an AIDS-free generation. For more information on MEASURE Evaluation’s work on OVC issues, visit http://www.measureevaluation.org/measure/our-work/ovc.

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