An evaluation of the Senegal Continuous Survey (SCS) (Continuous Demographic & Health Survey [CDHS] and Continuous Service Provision Assessment [CSPA]) was conducted between April and September 2018 to assess whether it achieved its objectives to increase evidence use in policy and to strengthen national ownership and capacity for survey design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination.
We found that the CDHS data are used extensively by both government ministries and partners in planning and evaluating their activities. The only major user of CSPA, with data on the quality of health services, is the Ministry of Health and Social Action (MSAS), to correlate health service performance with household-level data.
ICF has strengthened the capacity of the National Agency of Statistics and Demography (ANSD), the entity with which the Government of Senegal (GoS) has institutionalized this survey. ANSD has the capability to sustain the SCS with minimal support from ICF. The main challenge is that most expertise required for SCS lies with ANSD's non-permanent staff, but plans are underway to solve this problem by year’s end.
The GoS has so far contributed little to the SCS costs. The prime minister is working to create a fund to support statistical activities, including the SCS.
Continuation of the SCS should be the responsibility of ANSD with limited technical support from ICF. Should the GoS decide to move away from the continuous survey model, another option suggested by various stakeholders was to conduct both the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and the Service Provision Assessment (SPA) at intervals of two to three years with representative samples at the regional level. The data would then be more useful in all 14 regions.