Early in 2015, IBTCI was awarded the Evidence for Development (E4D) activity. E4D is a five-year, $13.5 million dollar award funded by the USAID/West Africa (WA) Regional Health Office (RHO). USAID/WA’s RHO reaches 21 countries in West and Central Africa, all of which have access to the E4D activity. The initial focus is on six target countries, namely: Togo, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Cameroon and Mauritania.
The primary purpose of E4D is to increase the availability of evidence in health interventions for improved resource allocation, policy advocacy, and program planning. Ultimately, by the end of the E4D activity, the goal is to have a cadre of local and regional organizations positioned to independently design and implement strategic health R&E activities. The expectation is for the organizations to assume the full scope of a research and/or evaluation study from design to dissemination. The E4D strategic objective is to increase the knowledge base for policy advocacy and public health programming. This will be achieved through strengthening the technical and management capacity of indigenous civil society organizations, institutions and networks. To meet this end, E4D is squarely focused on capacity strengthening of organizations, and individuals within those organizations, through a country lens and with a regional focus.
Furthermore, E4D aims to address the dearth of up-to-date data, accuracy and dissemination of information on key health indicators in the WA region. It will address critical gaps in the research and review existing evidence for program implementation. E4D will distill and disseminate relevant and timely R&E results to decision makers at USAID/WA and its partners at all levels: local, regional, national, and international. (See insert for an overview of E4D’s three pronged-approach.)
The findings from the operations research and evaluation activities undertaken through this activity will contribute to the body of evidence that can be used by program managers, regional institutions, and programmatic decision-makers to bring best-practices and effective interventions to scale throughout the sub-region. E4D represents USAID/West Africa’s comprehensive effort to comply with USAID/Policy Planning and Learning Evaluation Policy and promote evidence based decision-making and programming.
IBTCI is partnering on E4D with the Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley on operations research; the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Development in Africa (CPHDA) in Côte d’Ivoire on data collection and management; Development Gateway (DG) in Washington, DC, on knowledge management; and, OASYS in Senegal on financial management capacity building.