This qualitative midterm evaluation of the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), a five-year global program (March 2014 – March 2019), was conducted to provide the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Health Bureau’s Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Office (MCHN) with an assessment of the progress of its flagship program, to make recommendations to improve implementation of the current program, and to inform follow-on award design. Methods used were document review, in-depth interviews with key informants using structured guides, and a semi-structured electronic survey distributed to MCSP’s supporting Missions and their in-country programs. USAID and MCSP chose the informants. Interviews were coded, and themes were identified with reference to the evaluation questions. Based on the qualitative analysis of the responses, the evaluation concluded that informants consistently recognized the technical excellence and leadership of MCSP global and national staff in working with client countries and global stakeholders. Informants also reported that MCSP’s support for scale-up of high-impact interventions was complementary to their work in quality improvement. In most instances, MCSP was perceived to be maximizing opportunities for comprehensive reproductive maternal neonatal child health (RMNCH) platforms. At the global level, evaluation respondents have cited the significance of MCSP’s technical guidance to the formulation of global RMNCH policies and guidelines. Recommendations for the program’s remaining 18 months include a call for MCSP to focus its reporting efforts on finding compelling ways to present aggregated quantitative data from across multiple countries in order to further demonstrate MCSP’s progress toward achieving its overall goals and objectives.
Midterm Evaluation Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)