Within March 2020, the multi-country initiative Promoting Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts (PROMISE) is about to successfully wrap up. The project was run by Children Believe in partnership with ADRA Canada, ADRA Rwanda, CCFC Ghana, and Emmanuel International Malawi. Whilst Salanga, together with ADRA Canada, served as the sole monitoring and evaluating body.
In connection to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Salanga together with the implementing offices in Ghana, Rwanda, and Malawi, as well as ADRA Canada, worked really hard to ensure that the whole MEL system was up and running and that the MEL processes and tools were used appropriately for the smooth implementation of the project. It took some late evenings and early mornings to deliver all the MEL work and prepare the reports in time, but it was done! Most of the work was assisted through Kinaki, our online, project design, data collection, analysis and reporting tool which was used by all of the implementation offices for the MEL collaborative work. Kinaki helped to speed up all of our work while allowing access to the latest data at any time for further analysis and use.
Over the past four years, which included Baseline, Year 2, Year 3, and Endline Evaluation, we prepared and trained staff who collected HH (HouseHold) survey data from almost 9,000 female and male respondents, we prepared and conducted FGDs (Focused Groups Discussions) with hundreds of participants as well as KII (Key Informant Interviews) with Governmental Officers, Health Center staff and community leaders. None of it would have been done without a huge effort from all the implementing teams. Lots of feedback and recommendations were collected throughout the life of the project and used to adjust and improve the processes along the way to ensure the achieved outcomes of the project were backed by the correct and transparent data.