How do we know we are making progress - and when do we let go?

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Strengthening civil-state interactions

Identifying the civic organisations to work with

Working with communities
Supporting information exchange

Other skills
Checking our progress

Interactive exercise

Evaluating programmes that involve civil society normally includes the usual components of assessment against:

  • the validity of the assumptions held;
  • the achievement of the targets, performance standards and outcomes set;
  • the effectiveness of the functioning of the systems involved (inputs, processes and outputs) and audit of financial accountability;
  • the cost effectiveness and cost benefit of the interventions.

Such evaluation involves processes and tools that are already well known within health systems. It is important perhaps to add that, in multi-stakeholder programmes, such evaluation is best planned by, and information fed to, all those involved.