This article, written by Esther Mc Sween-Cadieux, Christian Dagenais, Paul-André Somé and Valéry Ridde, was published on June 2nd, 2017, in the Volume 15, issue 1 of the Health Research Policy and Systems Journal. It presents observations and implications of a workshop held in Burkina Faso and the effects it produced on research results use and the processes that facilitated, or not, the application of the knowledge transmitted. (more…)
This article published in Health Research Policy and Systems was written by Léna D’Ostie-Racine, Christian Dagenais and Valéry Ridde who all together conceptualized and designed the research project. This paper is a qualitative case study of evaluation use by NGOs in the context of a collaborative program evaluation strategy in Burkina Faso.
Background: Program evaluation is widely recognized in the international humanitarian sector as a means to make interventions and policies more evidence based, equitable, and accountable. Yet, little is known about the way humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) actually use evaluations.
Methods: The current qualitative evaluation employed an instrumental case study design to examine evaluation use (EU) by a humanitarian NGO based in Burkina Faso. This organization developed an evaluation strategy in 2008 to document the implementation and effects of its maternal and child healthcare user fee exemption program. Program evaluations have been undertaken ever since, and the present study examined the discourses of evaluation partners in 2009 (n = 15) and 2011 (n = 17). Semi-structured individual interviews and one group interview were conducted to identify instances of EU over time. Alkin and Taut’s (Stud Educ Eval 29:1–12, 2003) conceptualization of EU was used as the basis for thematic qualitative analyses of the different forms of EU identified by stakeholders of the exemption program in the two data collection periods.
Results: Results demonstrated that stakeholders began to understand and value the utility of program evaluations once they were exposed to evaluation findings and then progressively used evaluations over time. EU was manifested in a variety of ways, including instrumental and conceptual use of evaluation processes and findings, as well as the persuasive use of findings. Such EU supported planning, decision-making, program practices, evaluation capacity, and advocacy.
Conclusions: The study sheds light on the many ways evaluations can be used by different actors in the humanitarian sector. Conceptualizations of EU are also critically discussed.
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D’Ostie-Racine, L., Dagenais, C., & Ridde, V. (2016). A qualitative case study of evaluation use in the context of a collaborative program evaluation strategy in Burkina Faso. Health Research Policy and Systems
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This article is the reproduction of a commentary published aspart of the supplement ” Ebola in West Africa. Before, now and then”. This supplement is sponsored by Pan African Medical Journal and African Field Epidemiology Network and was authored by Marie Munoz, Valéry Ridde, Seydou Yaro & Carol Bottger. It was published on November 10, 2015.
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The project Access to healthcare for vulnerable groups in West Africa with the Help NGO produces extensions publications in order to make research results and knowledge more accessible.
“Having worked for the past 10 years on producing and applying scientific knowledge about healthcare access and financing in West Africa, we’d like to share a few observations that may sometimes be surprising, by experimenting with using satirical cartoons as a knowledge sharing tool.”
Ludovic Queuille & Valéry Ridde
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