Total Awarded: $2.2 million
Total Grants: 7
Duration: 2013 - present
Geographic Focus: Nigeria
Since 2013, MacArthur has funded a portfolio of seven 3-year grants in Nigeria focused on strengthening government accountability to maternal health, using four accountability strategies – promoting transparency in maternal health budgeting, supporting legal approaches, improving media coverage on the topic, and helping to establish and support maternal death review committees. The portfolio spans federal, state, and local levels; 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and five geopolitical zones. The Foundation prioritized a learning-focused evaluation process for this portfolio, and commissioned EnCompass LLC to refine the portfolio’s theory of change, conduct baseline and midline evaluations, and strengthen grantee organization’s capacity to monitor their grants.
This midline evaluation report builds on the portfolio’s baseline evaluation to assess the progress of its activities to date and identify what grantees should do more of, less of, or differently in the remaining year of their grants to ensure grant and portfolio effectiveness. The evaluation team used a mixed-methods approach using qualitative stakeholder data, document review, and analysis of grantee monitoring data. The team collected data in August/September 2015 in the same eight states and the FCT reached in the baseline, and conducted 117 interviews and 21 focus group discussions.
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