Early in2015, IBTCI was awarded the Evidencefor Development (E4D) activity. E4D is a five-year, $13.5 million dollar award fundedby the USAID/West Africa (WA) Regional Health Office (RHO). USAID/WA’s RHO reaches 21 countries in West and Central Africa, all ofwhich have access to the E4D activity. The initial focus is on six targetcountries, namely: Togo, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Cameroon and Mauritania.
The primary purpose of E4D is to increase the availability of evidence inhealth interventions for improved resource allocation, policy advocacy, andprogram planning. Ultimately, by the end of the E4D activity, the goal is tohave a cadre of local and regional organizations positioned to independentlydesign and implement strategic health R&E activities. The expectation isfor the organizations to assume the full scope of a research and/or evaluationstudy from design to dissemination. The E4D strategic objective is to increasethe knowledge base for policy advocacy and public health programming. This willbe achieved through strengthening the technical and management capacity ofindigenous civil society organizations, institutions and networks. To meet thisend, E4D is squarely focused on capacity strengthening of organizations, andindividuals within those organizations, through a country lens and with aregional focus.
Furthermore,E4D aims to address the dearth of up-to-date data, accuracy and disseminationof information on key health indicators in the WA region. It will addresscritical gaps in the research and review existing evidence for programimplementation. E4D will distill and disseminate relevant and timely R&Eresults to decision makers at USAID/WA and its partners at all levels: local,regional, national, and international. (See insert for an overview of E4D’sthree pronged-approach.)
The findings from the operationsresearch and evaluation activities undertaken through this activity willcontribute to the body of evidence that can be used by program managers,regional institutions, and programmatic decision-makers to bring best-practicesand effective interventions to scale throughout the sub-region. E4D representsUSAID/West Africa’s comprehensive effort to comply with USAID/Policy Planningand Learning Evaluation Policy and promote evidence based decision-making andprogramming.
IBTCI is partnering on E4D with theBixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability at theUniversity of California, Berkeley on operations research; the Center for thePromotion of Human Rights and Development in Africa (CPHDA) in Côte d’Ivoire on data collectionand management; Development Gateway (DG) in Washington, DC, on knowledgemanagement;and, OASYS in Senegal onfinancial management capacity building.