The National Evaluation Platform (NEP) is a rigorous new approach to compiling and analyzing data from diverse sources so that countries can get strategic, evidence-based answers to their most pressing program and policy questions for maternal, newborn, child health, and nutrition (MNCH&N) programs. The NEP is country-led and country-owned, and is designed to build sustainable national capacity to analyze health, nutrition, and contextual data in order to answer large-scale evaluation questions. This project is funded by a three-year grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada and the Institute for International Programs at Johns Hopkins University (IIP-JHU) to support the development of the NEP in four African countries, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania.
Health Alliance International has been engaged by the IIP-JHU to collaborate with them in two components: 1) support that focuses on integrating routine health data into MNCH&N evaluation designs; and 2) continuous technical support to the NEP activities in Mozambique.
During Cycle 2 of the NEP program, HAI developed and led four in-country workshops for the NEP “task teams”, which included ministry of health staff from the national offices of participating health, nutrition, and statistical institutions. The workshops focused on presenting relevant background and theory related to routine health data sources and involved participants in skills-building activities that contributed to answering priority evaluation questions identified by government leadership.
Continuous technical support to the NEP technical working group is given through the Mozambique based senior technical advisor. Activities include active participation in the technical working group meetings, participate and co-moderate in workshops organized by the NEP task team, technical advice and mentoring for data analysis and manuscript writing.
For more detailed information, including a program brochure, on this project and the global NEP program, check out the NEP page on the IIP-JHU website.