Baseline Evaluation of USAID/Pact Program for Highly Vulnerable Children: Yekokeb Berhan

Project Description

USAID/Ethiopia initiated a new Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) program in 2011. Pact Ethiopia is the recipient of a $92 million, 5-year cooperative agreement with USAID/Ethiopia. Working with Family Health International, ChildFund, and more than 60 local implementing partners, Pact will implement “Yekokeb Berhan,” a program to help HVC and their families access quality and appropriate services and to lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. To this end, the goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability and increase resiliency among HVC and their families by strengthening systems and structures to deliver quality essential services. The program aims to reach 500,000 HVC throughout Ethiopia in each year of the 5-year implementation period.

The Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD) at Boston University (BU) is designing the five- year mixed methods evaluation of Yekokeb Berhan. The evaluation will serve as: 1) an important source of evidence to help the Government of Ethiopia, USAID, and Pact make informed decisions; 2) a tool to help Pact implementers improve upon current activities so that programs yield the greatest impacts; and 3) a critical resource for stakeholders globally who are interested in the support and care of highly vulnerable children. The first phase of the study is the baseline data collection, which will create benchmarks for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of progress and achievement.

Project Details

Principal Investigator Candace Miller
Boston University Co-Investigators Malcolm Bryant, Lora Sabin, Nancy Scott, Nafisa Halim, Elizabeth Henry, Jonathon Simon
Collaborators Wassie Kebede, Addis Ababa University (AAU) School of Social Work
Country Ethiopia
Dates of Research 2011-2012