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Monitoring, learning and evaluation for The Challenge Initiative Next Gen programme

Itad, is working with The Challenge Initiative (TCI) as their monitoring, learning, and evaluation partner, providing MEL services across their Next Gen programme.


The Challenge Initiative (TCI) Next Gen programme builds on the TCI project (2016-2021) as part of a consortium led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

To achieve TCI’s vision of transformed healthier cities at scale, the programme seeks to sustainably scale up high-impact family planning interventions that have been shown to be effective in similar geographies. It does this by supporting local governments both horizontally through more geographies and vertically through institutionalisation.

Our role

Itad, working with partners like Halcyon Consulting, with will help TCI Next Gen by delivering a comprehensive monitoring, learning and evaluation plan that strengthens their activities. The plan includes independently led cost-effectiveness, impact and process evaluations, with the shared purpose of empowering TCI Next Gen and its local government partners to achieve their goals.

Our work will support TCI to understand progress against its goals of capacity building, self reliance, scale-up and sustainability. Our evaluative techniques will also provide insights on health systems strengthening and impacts related to contraceptive uptake.

Our methods and approaches

Our approach is structured around four carefully designed modules:

  1. Design and scoping of the monitoring, learning and evaluation framework: the co-development of a TCI theory of change (ToC); a fit-for-purpose monitoring, learning and evaluation plan; and accompanying results framework that provides robust measures for tracking outcomes.
  2. Evaluation: a package of complementary evaluations which will test TCIs ToC through an impact evaluation, a process evaluation and a cost effectiveness evaluation.
  3. Learning: an annual cycle of events and products that will support TCI, funders and the scale-up community in learning about and improving these and similar interventions.
  4. Programme monitoring and learning support: providing demand-led and proactive technical assistance to TCI global and hub teams, to operationalise the monitoring, learning and evaluation plan and track development and improvement monitoring systems.
Team members
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