Papua New Guinea
Formative Evaluation Rural Primary Health Services Delivery Project

Client: Asian Development Bank

The Rural Primary Health Services Delivery Project seeks to strengthen rural primary health service delivery, as the initial step in the government’s intention to strengthen all 89 districts in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 2020. An essential component, to create the foundations for broader system strengthening, will be the strengthening of health districts using the community health post (CHP) concept.

The formative evaluation being conducted by Abt JTA focuses onto providing in-progress feedback on how the program is being implemented to enable refinements/changes to be made as soon as possible; to share the lessons learned by involving local actors both within and outside of the initial districts as much as possible in the learning process; and as a reporting and accountability mechanism for the project.

The formative evaluation will also provide the core to the performance monitoring, evaluation, and reporting function for the development partners. In addition, it will be the basis for wider communication to stakeholders about the progress of the project. Put simply, the purpose of formative evaluation is learning – to directly improve the implementation of this initiative.