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Lessons on ASRHR monitoring and evaluation
June 3 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Evidence and learning are critical elements to promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRHR). Yet, the generation and use of evidence on ASRHR and related gender issues is still weak which undermines the ability to advocate for health and rights of adolescent girls and affects program planning, targeted implementation, monitoring and accountability.
This data and capacity challenge has multiple reasons. First, there are still important measurement issues with the ASRHR and gender indicators. For instance, the reporting of sensitive events such as sexual behaviour, substance abuse, abortion and violence against women is fraught with difficulties. Innovative approaches to reliably measure ASRHR and gender issues are needed. Second, the data are available for key ASRHR indicators but are largely ignored because there is no faith in the quality of the information based on self-reports in surveys, health facility data or qualitative studies, especially amongst the youngest adolescent age-cohorts. This not only requires better measurement and evidence but also more “socially robust” generation of evidence by country institutions in ways that are technically sound, transparent and consistent with international standards. Often, a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods is required. Third, even if data are available, they are not analysed adequately, not communicated effectively and hardly used by policy makers, program staff and project managers. Country institutional capacity is often inadequate for analysis and effective communication of ASRHR data.
Plan International Canada has been engaged on several ASRHR projects around the world which have integrated gender equality dimensions in data collection, including relative access and control over resources, gender roles and responsibilities, decision making powers, gender norms and value and institutional gender responsiveness. The University of Manitoba, in coordination with Countdown 2030, is supporting better analysis of national survey level data to integrate gender and vulnerability and also developing tools for more accurate monitoring and evaluation of SRHR programmes and projects as part of a Can-WACH collaborative in Mwanza and Rukwa Tanzania. Together, Plan International Canada and University of Manitoba will present its latest progress and findings to date, and invite participants in a discussion around data requirements, validity and data utility around ASRHR.