WHO Scholar programme impact evaluation (2016-2018)
The evaluation was performed between January and June 2019. It was led by Dr Karen Watkins with contributions by Dr Wendy Green and Ian Steed.
The impact evaluation had three components, each with a specific goal:
What did the evaluation find?
Scholars who implemented course projects reported that they contributed to increase in immunization coverage.
Here are a few examples:
Community health workers were able to locate and vaccinate 99% of the children who were lost to follow up.
A vaccination programme for immigrants increased screenings, improved provision of vaccines (including flu and hepatitis), and led to higher numbers of vaccinations for highly susceptible hospital patients.
Measles coverage that had remained steady at 52% for almost two decades increased to 80%.
Following each course, more than half of the participants volunteer to support the next cohort. This dynamic has fostered the development of informal, self-led and motivated country-based groupings of professionals operating across agencies may provide a different kind of lever for systemic change than traditional top-down approaches to addressing immunisation challenge
In March 2019, 37 senior and mid-ranking immunisation professionals from government and partners in Nigeria came together to discuss how their country’s Data Improvement Plan could be improved and better implemented. But this wasn’t an inter-agency conference. The group was meeting outside of their normal work routines, and on a voluntary basis.
Three months earlier, participants had all completed the WHO Scholar course on data improvement planning. They were convened by one of their number anxious to ensure that the pedagogical focus of the courses on real-world implementation and learning did not stop with individual application of learning, but also had impact at systemic level.
Gift Ettentuk, National Consultant, WHO Nigeria
What is the Geneva Learning Foundation doing with these findings?
Without any support, Scholars have been able to achieve significant impact. Imagine what they might be able to do by working together, with the right support from partners?
The Foundation launched in July 2019 the first Impact Accelerator, a system to achieve impact faster, better, and together.