Strengthening National M&E Systems for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programs
In order for an M&E system to be effective and sustained, the system must be developed based on the information needs of the people who will ultimately use the system. MEASURE Evaluation’s approach to developing M&E systems for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programs has been highly participatory, engaging key stakeholders from the start to understand their information needs and develop appropriate indicators, and ultimately improving the use of data collected through electronic systems.
In this webinar, Emeka Anoje from Catholic Relief Services’ SMILE project in Nigeria and Prisca Mgomberi from MEASURE Evaluation’s Tanzanian Associate Award will present on the process to strengthen national OVC M&E systems in Nigeria and Tanzania in a way that promotes use and sustainability. Their presentations will describe processes to conduct user needs and system assessments, develop indicators with stakeholder input, harmonize indicators across sectors, establish consensus on data flow, and ultimately develop an electronic system that fits the country’s capacity.
Dr. Emeka Anoje has over 10 years experience working on monitoring and evaluation of public health programs, and the last seven years were specifically in OVC programs. He is the Chief of Party for the USG-funded ‘Sustainable Mechanism for Improving Livelihood and Household Empowerment’ (USAID-SMILE). SMILE is a five-year project implemented by a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services designed to scale up access to care and support services for 500,000 vulnerable children and their caregivers across five states in Nigeria. The project also strengthens government systems that support OVC service delivery. Prior to this position, he was the Senior Technical Officer for OVC and Public Health Evaluation at FHI 360 Nigeria on the SIDHAS project. He is also a ranking member of the National OVC M&E TWG in Nigeria and a master trainer for OVC M&E. He played an active role in the development of the National OVC M&E plan and led the development process for the National OVC database (NOMIS), which is currently being used to manage program data in several OVC programs in Nigeria. Use of data to monitor and improve program implementation has been the key focus of his work.
Prisca Mgomberi is the Senior Community Care M&E Advisor for MEASURE Evaluation Tanzania’s Associate Award, a USAID/PEPFAR project designed to increase the availability and use of high quality data to inform community health and social service policy, planning, and decision making. Prisca serves as a technical lead to support the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s Department of Social Welfare to implement a successful national M&E system for Most Vulnerable Children (MVC) programs. In this role, she is providing monitoring and evaluation technical leadership to the Department of Social Welfare for Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, including serving as a key stakeholder on the National MVC Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Working Groups in Mainland and in Zanzibar. She is also part of the Zanzibar Partners’ Working Group for social protection. She has nine years of experience working with international NGOs in areas of HIV and AIDS and MVC programs. She has skills and experience in providing technical assistance to the government in conducting national and sub-national monitoring and evaluation system assessments and leading development, implementation, and monitoring of the national M&E system strengthening plans. Born and raised in Morogoro Region, Tanzania, she holds a Masters in Demography.