Evaluation of Gavi’s gender policy
2018-2020; The Gavi Alliance; Switzerland
The Gavi Alliance (Gavi) is a unique organisation that aligns public and private resources in a global effort to create greater access to the benefits of immunisation. Gender plays an important role in immunisation and is one of the core components of Gavi’s commitment to equity and equality in immunisation as it cuts across all aspects of equity and health.
Gavi has retained Itad to undertake an independent, external evaluation to assess the overall design, implementation and results of Gavi’s current Gender Policy (2013). This is being done in the context of Gavi’s commitment to review and update the gender policy in 2019. The evaluation findings and recommendations are intended to inform the future direction and revision of Gavi’s Gender Policy, as well as to inform discussions for the development of Gavi’s 2021-2025 strategy (‘Gavi 5.0’).
The main objectives of this evaluation are:
- To assess the strengths and weaknesses of the 2013 gender policy including the design, objectives, goals and theory of change.
- To assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes related to implementation and management at the global and country levels.
- To provide evidence-based findings to assist decision making for the implementation and revision of the gender policy.
Itad is using a theory based mixed methods approach to the evaluation which is utilisation-focused and being implemented in a way that creates engagement and a sense of ownership among the intended users, particularly country partners. The work is being undertaken via four overarching workstreams for each of which we have generated new ‘key questions’ to support the synthesis and learning process:
- Workstream A will look at the process and content relating to the design of the gender policy, primary, partly through best-practice analysis (or benchmarking) against other organisations, as well as Gavi’s assessment of the ‘problem context’ relating to inequitable gender outcomes.
- Workstream B will focus on the efficiency of implementation at global and country level, primarily through reviewing the organisational functions of Gavi.
- Workstream C will assess the extent to which Gavi has been effective in relation to the four strategic goals of the gender policy, primarily through the application of contribution analysis.
- Workstream D is formative in nature and aims to synthesise findings to determine achievement across workstreams A, B and C, while looking forward to determine where, how and why the Gavi gender policy and associated Theory of Change need to be revised.
Image © Preparing a measles vaccine in Ethiopia. Photo Credit: Pete Lewis / DFID