EVAL-HEALTH (Developing and Testing of New Methodologies to Monitor and Evaluate Health Related EU-Funded Interventions in Cooperation Partner Countries) has been a collaborative research project aimed to:
- Contribute to strengthen monitoring and evaluation of European Union funded interventions in developing countries in the specific area of public health research.
- Contribute to a better understanding of the role of different types of evidence, including research, in health policy development in developing countries, representing a broad area of health services (HIV/AIDS, MCH, NCDs) or a component of the health system (Human Resources).
EVAL-HEALTH has been set up in response to the interest from the European Commission and was funded through the Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme on Health (FP7). The project has been carried out by a consortium of 9 partners: 4 from the European Union (Spain, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Portugal) and 5 from international partner countries (South Africa, Thailand, India, Nigeria and Colombia).
The major objectives of EVAL-HEALTH have been:
- Undertake a comparative analysis of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools and methods employed by international donors and agencies in the R&D health sector.
- Analyze the M&E tools used for assessing the impact of EU funded R&D health interventions and identify gaps and needs.
- Develop new tools and methods for evaluating the impact of EU funded health research in developing countries.
- Enhance understanding on evidence informed policy by identifying and analysing the role of different types of evidence in health policy and strategic planning in developing countries.
- Effectively disseminate the findings and outcomes of the research to the EU and international community.
The main end users of the innovative tools and methods developed in EVAL-HEALTH are the European Commission Directorate Generals responsible for Development & Cooperation (DG DEVCO) and Research & Innovation (DG RTD), as well as Government Agencies in developing countries.
For each project goal, different objectives were set with the final aim of providing the European Commission and developing countries with i) improved systems to monitor and evaluate the impact that funded research projects in public health are achieving and ii) a better knowledge on the role played by funded research in health policy and practice.
The following synoptic chart shows the EVAL HEALTH Work Plan indicating the interaction of the different Work Packages (WP):
Research work was organized into five Work Packages (WP), covering the two project components. The figure on the right side shows the interrelation between the 5 project work-packages.
EVAL-HEALTH has taken into account:
- The context of international development cooperation.
- The particular needs of the European Commission and its recipient partners regarding monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for health research.
- The present state of the art in M&E for health.
EVAL-HEALTH has had two research components, each of which was expected to produce its own results. Major results and applications expected for each component were:
A robust and tested methodology and tools to guide EC services in the impact identification and assessment of individual research projects in the area of public health area. This methodology named as Impact Oriented Monitoring (IOM), is intended to identify and capture impacts throughout the project life and beyond.
Analysis of role of evidence in health policy development conducting case studies within, and between, two developing countries (India and Nigeria), thus increasing the knowledge on what forms evidence, characteristics of different types of evidence and its roles in health policy processes, and perceptions of robust evidence by different policy actors.