Aid effectiveness and programmatic effectiveness: a proposed framework for comparative evaluation of different aid interventions in a particular health system

Global Health Research and Policy. 2017;2(1):1-7 DOI 10.1186/s41256-017-0029-8


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Journal Title: Global Health Research and Policy

ISSN: 2397-0642 (Online)

Publisher: BMC

Society/Institution: Wuhan University Global Health Institute

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Public aspects of medicine

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Hasibul Haque (Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago)
Philip C. Hill (Centre for International Health, University of Otago)
Robin Gauld (Dean’s Office, School of Business, University of Otago)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 5 weeks


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Abstract Background Against a backdrop of changing concepts of aid effectiveness, development effectiveness, health systems strengthening, and increasing emphasis on impact evaluation, this article proposes a theory-driven impact evaluation framework to gauge the effect of aid effectiveness principles on programmatic outcomes of different aid funded programs in the health sector of a particular country. Methods The foundation and step-by-step process of implementing the framework are described. Results With empirical evidence from the field, the steps involve analysis of context, program designs, implementation mechanisms, outcomes, synthesis, and interpretation of findings through the programs’ underlying program theories and interactions with the state context and health system. Conclusions The framework can be useful for comparatively evaluating different aid interventions both in fragile and non-fragile state contexts.