ICARE Project Evaluation

Pact Nigeria recently commissioned HPI to conduct an endline process evaluation of their ICARE Project.

The Increasing Care Seeking Behavior (ICARE) project, funded by the Gates Foundation, was implemented by Pact and partner organisations in Benue and Kebbi states of Nigeria between 2014 and 2016. The project aimed to address the high mortality rates of children under five in the target states by increasing early care-seeking behaviour.

The ICARE project worked with community-based organisations as change agents. The change agents were expected to stimulate behavioural change in caregivers so that they adopt the use of ORS/zinc in the management of childhood diarrhoea. To address the expected increase in demand for ORS/Zinc, the project designed strategies for ensuring increased availability of and access to ORS/Zinc by identifying and supporting proprietary patent medicine vendors.

HPI’s evaluation assessed the extent to which the implementation strategies adopted led to the attainment of the objectives and expected outcomes of the ICARE project and generated insights into the processes that led to these.

The qualitative evaluation design included a literature review, participative consultation workshops and interviews, and focus groups at national, state and community levels. We conducted a total of 51 key informant interviews and 15 focus groups.

Our evaluation findings relate to appropriateness and relevance of project design, effectiveness of implementation strategies and partnership arrangements,  as well as the impact of the project. The recommendations are expected to be used to inform future programming.

The work was well received by the client, who greatly appreciated our approach and high quality outputs.

This evaluation was led and managed by HPI.
Team Leader: Sofo Ali-Akpajiak
Research Consultants: Dr Grace Onotu, Charlotte Mitchell and Dr. Vivian Shaahu