Monitoring Outcomes of PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programs

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As part of its Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (MER) guidance, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched a set of outcome indicators for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programs in 2014. These outcome indicators are designated as “Essential Survey Indicators,” which means that PEPFAR considers them critical to tracking progress within PEPFAR-funded projects and has therefore made them a reporting requirement. 

The purpose of collecting the MER OVC Essential Survey Indicators (ESI) is to obtain a snapshot of project outcomes at a point in time and to assess changes in outcomes among OVC project beneficiaries over time.

MEASURE Evaluation has developed a set of resources to support the collection of the PEPFAR MER Essential Survey Indicators. These resources are intended for all stakeholders involved in the MER OVC Essential Survey Indicators—for example, USAID Mission staff, PEPFAR implementing partner staff, and the organizations responsible for designing and conducting MER surveys.

This document includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) raised by stakeholders involved in designing and implementing surveys to collect the PEPFAR Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (MER) Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Essential Survey Indicators.

The purpose of this document is to provide US Government staff and others with a high-level understanding of outcomes monitoring and approaches to outcomes monitoring to enable effective procurement of data collection services for these new outcome indicators. Two appropriate methods for outcomes monitoring are briefly described: cluster sample surveys and Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) surveys. A data collection tool and analysis guidance is provided.

OVC MER FGPEPFAR Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting: Collecting the Essential Survey Indicators of Orphans and Vulnerable Children Well-Being through Outcomes Monitoring - Facilitator's Guide to the Data Collector Training

This manual has been created to support training specifically for collecting the MER essential survey indicators through outcomes monitoring. Access the accompanying PowerPoint presentations.

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