Evaluation 2016: Evaluation of a Beneficiary Identification Tool
Evaluation 2016, the American Evaluation Association's annual conference, will be held in Atlanta on October 24-29. Diana Chamrad of the ASSIST Project will be discussing her work evaluating a beneficiary identification tool in Uganda.
Orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) programs provide services to children and households across several core programmatic areas. The complex nature of OVC programs presents a challenge to implementers in identifying which households to enroll for services. Globally, programs have struggled to develop tools that support the identification process. To address this issue, the Uganda Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development developed a vulnerability index tool.
Stakeholders wanted to know how the tool was working once it was rolled out. The USAID- and PEPFAR-supported MEASURE Evaluation Project evaluated the tool and found it excluded critically vulnerable children from program services. The tool’s shortfalls included superfluous indicators, arbitrary score assignment, score aggregation, and cut off points. We re-designed the tool by clarifying what is meant by “vulnerability” in the OVC program context, identifying priority vulnerability indicators that are programmatically relevant, and determining criteria for automatic enrolment. This tool is now a national tool in Uganda.