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M&E Components of Grant Implementation

The Global Fund has a series of monitoring and evaluation requirements that take place during grant implementation:

(i) Health facility assessments (HFA): Focus on nationally representative, country-led HFAs (including data quality reviews) in High-Impact countries;

ii)  On site data verification (OSDV)/ rapid service quality assessment (RSQA) assessments have been replaced with a set of assessment options customizable to the country context including national health facility assessments, targeted health facility assessments, special studies, programmatic spot checks, national data quality reviews, and/or targeted data quality reviews.

Country Category Assessment Approach
Programme Quality Data Quality Programmatic Reporting Programme Evaluations
Focused countries

Programmatic spot-check, targeted health facility assessment, or special study in selected countries

As required based on risks

Targeted data quality review (DQR) in selected countries

As required based on risks
Report required every year. No Local Fund Agent (LFA) review.

Targeted and thematic evaluations

Required at least once during the implementation period
Core countries

Programmatic spot-check, national or targeted health facility assessment, or special study

Required every other year

National or targeted DQR

Required every other year
Report required every 6 months. LFA review required annually, mid-year review optional.
High Impact countries

National health facility assessment

Required once during the implementation period, aligned with the country reviews and planning cycle

If Health Facility Assessment year, include the DQR; if not HFA year, complete a targeted data quality review or desk review

Required every year
Report required every 6 months. LFA review required annually, mid-year review optional.

Evaluations including in-depth assessment of impact

Required once during the implementation period

For more details on programme and data quality assessment options please see the Global Fund Operational Policy Manual (Note on Data Quality Assessments).

Role of the Principal Recipient in data quality review (DQR)

The role of the Principal Recipient (PR) is primarily to facilitate the exercise and access to sites, as the PRs do for LFA verifications or Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) and Office of the Inspector General (OIG). However, the PR continues to be accountable for the quality of the data and should continue its own data quality assurance processes.

Planning and budgeting for DQR

For 2017 the Global Fund has already entered into agreement with 11 external assurance providers who will be conducting the DQR exercises and they will subcontract national service providers for data collection and field work. The Global Fund will determine in which countries the DQR needs to be done and what the scope would be.

The costs for a nationally representative HFA should be planned for within the grant. As the Global Fund moves to this new model of programme and data quality assessments, there will be a transition period and it is recognized that not all grants will be able to absorb these costs immediately. In the short-term (2016-17), additional funding for HFAs will be provided through the central external assurance budgeting process. Beyond this period, it is anticipated that the cost of these assessments will be integrated into the grants. Funding for the quality assurance of these national HFA/DQR surveys (e.g. verification of the sampling methodology, reassessment of 5% of the sites surveyed, etc.) will continue to be funded centrally.

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