Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 4185
Country/Region: Nigeria
Year: 2007
Main Partner: University of North Carolina
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: University
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $1,475,000

Funding for Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HKID): $200,000

MEASURE Evaluation (main partners JSI and Constella Futures) will provide Technical Assistance (TA) and capacity building to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMoWASD) in a collaborative manner to improve overall well-being of children affected by HIV/AIDS. The activity will improve Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programs through technical assistance, capacity building and implementation of a national OVC assessment that provides bench-mark information for evidence-based target setting and program strategies. The activity will use several approaches. First, MEASURE Evaluation will provide technical assistance to the FMoWASD for the finalization of already developed tools or adaptation of appropriate tools in collaboration with other stakeholders to be used in the implementation of an OVC national situation analysis. This will be done to ensure that the tools utilized will meet internationally approved standards while bearing in mind the goal and objectives of OVC programs in Nigeria. Field work for the baseline survey, including activities in support of data collection, will be supported by MEASURE Evaluation. Also, MEASURE Evaluation in a collaborative manner will provide TA to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in the analysis, report writing and utilization of results for program strategies as well as target setting through engagement of national consultants. Overall, the training proposed will reach 60 trainees. Combined with other assistance, the expected result is improving the overall well-being of children affected by HIV/AIDS and improved implementation of OVC programs in Nigeria. The technical assistance and capacity building training being proposed by MEASURE Evaluation will build on existing work by other implementing partners and stakeholders. The proposed activity will lead to effective and efficient execution of OVC program interventions by the GoN (FMoWASD and NACA), USG, USG IPs and other development partners like United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF), World Bank and British Department for International Development (DfID). Availability of accurate and timely data from the OVC situation analysis will provide key strategies for program managers and policy makers in designing activities for addressing OVC needs. In addition, information from the baseline will guide in the design and formulation of policy guidelines and other standard operating procedures for quality service delivery. About 60 people will be trained as part of this process. With improved capacity, stakeholders will be more likely to monitor and evaluate the performance of OVC program interventions in Nigeria including PEPFAR assisted OVC programs. The proposed activities will contribute significantly to the USAID/Nigeria objective of improving overall well-being of children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.

Funding for Strategic Information (HVSI): $1,275,000

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: This activity is related to SI (SCMS/Voxiva) #67774. MEASURE Evaluation (main partners JSI and Constella Futures) will continue to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), and the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCP), in a collaborative manner to improve National HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems. The activity will improve HIV/AIDS information systems through training and follow-up with states, LGAs, facilities, and Implementing Partners (IPs) to improve reporting rates and data quality/use. The activity will use several approaches. First, MEASURE will continue supporting the Nigeria National Response Information Management System (NNRIMS), which will be introduced to all states with harmonized forms using COP05 and 06 funds. With COP07 funds, MEASURE will improve NNRIMS reporting, data quality, and information use, working with states and IPs to link NNRIMS to a planned SCMS/Voxiva web portal. This will be done by one on one support to IPs and NACA to improve supervision and collaboration with SCMS/Voxiva. Also, MEASURE Evaluation in collaboration with SCMS/Voxiva, will develop core indicators, training materials and curricula for data quality and use, identify master trainers, train master trainers, supervise training by master trainers, introduce quality assurance measures as well as facilitate and supervise subsequent trainings. The primary focus of the training is to ensure that quality data are generated for use in program management and decision making for policy at all levels. Refresher workshops on NNRIMS and training in use of the web portal will be provided. 45 people will be trained as master trainers for the use of VOXIVA at the policy, program and facility levels. Second, MEASURE will provide TA and training to NASCP to implement the harmonized ART Patient Management and Monitoring system (PMM) that stakeholders recently agreed to, and help scale up the system nationally. Training will cover patient monitoring tools, guidelines, data quality/use, for facility and program staff at all levels. Third, MEASURE will help facilitate two general M&E workshops for staff from GON (including zonal level staff), IPs, USG, NGOs, etc, to build M&E capacity for HIV/AIDS programs. COP07 funds will partly cover workshop costs. Fourth, MEASURE will support two specialized workshops—one on Data Demand/Information Use (DDIU), and one on Data Quality Assurance (DQA), with a similar audience as the general M&E workshops. The DDIU training will build on Information Use Guidelines developed with COP06 funds, focusing on data analysis, interpretation and communication. Participants will develop data use action plans, using available HIV/AIDS information such as from the SCMS/Voxiva web portal. The DQA workshop will cover data quality tools to improve IP reporting. Further, MEASURE will help develop quality assurance/improvement indicators/tools and include the concepts in MEASURE trainings; and will participate in design and analysis of national outcome evaluation studies. Finally, MEASURE will continue to help USG prepare semi-annual/annual PEPFAR reports. Overall, the workshops proposed will reach 175-210 trainees. Combined with other assistance, the expected result is improved HIV/AIDS M&E capacity and improved reporting of quality HIV/AIDS data. MEASURE's SI team will continue to be active participants on the SI working group established and coordinated by USG-Nigeria. Given the increasing workload of the current Resident Advisor (RA), a second RA is proposed to enhance results, mainly to follow up on NNRIMS reporting, and follow up on workshop outcomes. With these national scale activities, MEASURE will have strengthened all states' capacity to collect and use quality data.

Subpartners Total: $1,475,000
John Snow, Inc: $850,000
Palladium Group (formerly Futures Group): $625,000