London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
JaRco Consulting is supporting the improvement of maternal and newborn child health in a long-term partnership with LSHTM to determine the quality of interactions between families and frontline workers, to understand the factors influencing implementation and to analyze the relationship between successfully disseminated implementation models and improved survival at scale. Additional activities that JaRco is undertaking include assessing the potential for scaling up interventions and disseminating best practices for M&E in maternal and newborn health.
WFP Long-Term Agreement to Provide Evaluations in Africa
JaRco Consulting has been awarded a long-term agreement to supply evaluation services within 34 sub-Saharan African countries for the World Food Programme. The agreement will see JaRco put together teams of national and international experts to provide the management and implementation of evaluations covering Anglophone and Francophone Africa. We will evaluate work conducted under four categories of WFP‘s operations: Protracted relief and recovery operations; Country programmes; Development projects; and Special operations.
Federal Ministry of Health/Children’s Investment Fund Foundation - Evaluation of the Senior Midwives Project
JaRco’s overall objective is to provide a systematic review of the effectiveness and quality of the Senior Midwife placement model in building healthcare provider capacity. The study will support the Federal Ministry of Health in identifying areas where greater institutional capacity is required in order to strengthen the model of promoting mentor ship with Senior Midwives, and will help to highlight alternatives that may improve performance and cost-efficiency.
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation & Federal Ministry of Health - Midwifery Mentorship Scheme Full Evaluation (Base, Mid and Endline Evaluation)
The senior midwives placement model is being implemented by FMoH, and supported by CIFF, at select woredas with the aim of reducing neonatal mortality through the promotion of safer deliveries and newborn care.
JaRco’s overall objective is to provide a systematic review of the effectiveness and quality of the Senior Midwife placement model in building healthcare provider capacity. The long-term study, consisting of a pilot, baseline, midline, and endline, will support the Federal Ministry of Health in identifying areas where greater institutional capacity is required in order to strengthen the model of promoting mentorship with Senior Midwives and will help to highlight alternatives that may improve performance and cost-efficiency. JaRco’s main study objectives are to:
• Explore the effectiveness of the placement model.
• Assess the quality of care received by maternal and newborn health patients when interacting with healthcare staff that has been trained and mentored by Senior Midwives.
• Assess the continuum of care received by patients at the health center level and the impact that placing Senior Midwife model has had on this.
UNICEF - Monitoring and Evaluation Component of the End Child Marriage project in Amhara
JaRco will put in place an M&E system to monitor the project over its 5 year duration. The project measures qualitative and quantitative indicators related to early marriage, and explore changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices among the communities living in the Amhara region. JaRco will develop an evaluation plan, conduct the base, mid and endline evaluations, as well as conduct regular monitoring. Throughout, JaRco will provide UNICEF and MOWCYA with a knowledgeable, close-by and attentive research partner that will help generate the information needed to ensure the ECM programme is implemented as best as possible. We will then leave in place an improved system for monitoring ECM in Amhara that will be owned by MOWCYA and the BOWCYA and can be implemented at regular points after the three years of this assignment.
The Packard Foundation-Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Services to the Packard Foundation\'s Youth Challenge Initiative to Enhance Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ethiopia
JaRco will work with the Packard Foundation\'s Youth Challenge Initiative to Enhance Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ethiopia to provide Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Services. Our intended outcomes will include 1) expanded evidence base on comprehensive sexuality education and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and or delaying early marriage approaches; 2) increased technical support to strengthen project monitoring and evaluation; and 3) strategic communication of evidence on comprehensive sexuality education/adolescent and reproductive health.
Tufts University – Operational Research Study “Where Do All the Nutrients Go? The Role of Diet Quality Optimization in the Rural Ethiopian Household Food Economy”
JaRco is currently conducting an Operational Research Study for Tufts University on “Where Do All the Nutrients Go? The Role of Diet Quality Optimization in the Rural Ethiopian Household Food Economy” in Amhara and SNNP Regions of Ethiopia. The study will provide robust data to the Feed The Future Ethiopia Growth for Nutrition activity, which aims to improve the nutritional status of women and young children. JaRco is conducting qualitative research through participatory methods, including a barrier analysis, to identify and analyze the nutrition decision-making process at the household level.
Land O’Lakes International Development Fund – Midterm Evaluation for Public-Private Partnership for Artificial Insemination Delivery (PAID) program
JaRco consulting is currently conducting the mid-term evaluation for Land O’Lakes PAID program in Tanzania and Ethiopia. JaRco is conducting qualitative research on to gauge the effectiveness of the program in order to generate learning to inform the remaining two years. JaRco is also analyzing existing quantitative data from the program and triangulating this with the qualitative data. The evaluation will involve engagement with multiple stakeholders in the AI industry, from national centers and private companies to AI client farmers.
GIZ - End line Assessment for Higher Education and TVET Component of GIZ STEP I
JaRco has been selected to conduct the end line assessment of the higher education and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) component of STEP I, which aimed to improve the quality of these institutions. The purpose of this end line assessment is to compare with the data collected in the baseline study on specific indicators regarding different aspects of university management and administration such as leadership, organization and systems, human resource management, teaching learning processes and others.
UNICEF - End-line survey of the Nutrition component of the EU Share program
JaRco has partnered with ACT for Performance to conduct the endline evaluation of the Nutrition component of the EU Share program in Amhara, Oromia and SNNP Regions. The evaluation will provide information to multiple stakeholders on the current status of knowledge, attitudes and practices of appropriate MIYCF behaviours, and the impact, effectiveness and scalability of nutrition sensitive measures, which will help policies, strategies and future programming. The evaluation took a mixed-methods approach, conducting both a quantitative survey – mirroring the sampling of the baseline survey - and qualitative interviews and focus group discussions using the Most Significant Change approach. The evaluation has two main purposes: to support accountability of UNICF and its partner FAO with respect to agreed program results; and to promote learning from findings about what does and doesn’t work and why, including lessons on the added value of the multi-sectoral approach to nutrition, and the move from emergency o resilience.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/EPHI - Computer Assisted (Tablet-PC-Based) PDA Programming for Dagu Endline Survey
EPHI and London School are implementing a programme aimed at strengthening maternal and neonatal health outcomes. The project aims to reduce child deaths in Ethiopia by increasing uptake of community care services and will be evaluated by the School.
JaRco’s contribution to this endline evaluation is to add technical capabilities in order to ensure the quality of the data and the efficient use of the Personal Data Assistants, as well as build the capabilities of the EPHI team and include their IT and evaluation staff throughout the development, design, capture and compiling process. The two PDA programmers lead the PDA/computer programming, providing the PDA knowledge in the training and overseeing the entire PC tablet data collection process. Troubleshooting/backstopping technicians will be used in the event that there are technical difficulties in the field and need assistance with the devices. JaRco will provide highly experienced technical support throughout the evaluation in a coordinated approach to complement EPHI’s endline evaluation design.