Development Solutions assessed the program quality to strengthen the ongoing FLAG program by Children Investment Fund Foundation. The quality assessment is based on three aspects – the quality of PLA meetings at village level; the quality of training and the stakeholder perceptions and challenges. The quality assessment has been done over the last three quarters - October- December 2018; January- March 2019; and April-June 2019.
Approach & Methodology
The audit was undertaken in 21 districts of Jharkhand. Given the objectives of the assignment, a mixed method approach to assess and audit program quality was used:
In nearly 75 percent of the districts, the participation of pregnant and lactating mothers, based on the indicator of 30 percent of total participants has sustained over the three quarters. Across districts, the PLA meeting cycles vary, with some districts close to finishing the 18 meeting cycles; whereas, some districts lag. Interestingly some of the districts which are lagging in meeting cycles, are performing well in facilitation and engagement of participants. Across districts, meetings are being held regularly, as per plan, in 81 percent meetings. Facilitators were recalling and articulating the objectives of the meetings; the use of participatory methods such as games and activities were being used. The average attendance in the meetings and engagement of participants has remained more or less the same, across the three quarters. However, aspects like facilitation and the use of games and activities need more attention. The Sahiya Saathi's, who were getting trained, rated the overall training as ‘satisfactory.’ There was adequate space in the training hall for the participants to be seated comfortably, and drinking water was also made available. There was a provision of toilets in the venue. Based on the content of the training; use of participatory methods to engage the trainees; use of simple and local language; and the guidance provided on various aspects of facilitation, and participant engagement, the Sahiya Saathi's stated that the training met their needs and expectations. However, there is still a scope to work on infrastructural issues in the training venue such as quality of the toilets, uninterrupted provision of drinking water, and provision of water in the toilets.