Prospective Country Evaluations (PCEs)

Starting in 2017, the Technical Evaluation Reference Group (TERG) has been taking a close look at the implementation, effectiveness and impact of Global Fund-supported programs in eight selected countries: Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Mozambique, Myanmar, Senegal, Sudan and Uganda. These in-depth, country-level prospective evaluations used a variety of methods to generate ongoing evidence on program implementation to inform stakeholders and accelerate meeting the strategic objectives of the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022.

The Synthesis Reports from 2018 and 2019 focus on the funding request and grant-making processes and the Global Fund business model. The 2020 Synthesis Report includes “deep dives” on specific issues for each country. Finally, the 2021 Synthesis Report, building on previous reports, examined the full grant cycle, through the lens of equity, RSSH and sustainability. The TERG Position Paper for the 2021 PCE Synthesis Report and the Secretariat Management Response to this report are available for download, as well as the four PCE Synthesis Reports.

  • PCE Extension Synthesis Report (with TERG position paper and Secretariat Management response)
    download in English
  • TERG Position Paper (on Synthesis reports 2018-2021)
    download in English
  • Secretariat Management Response (on Synthesis reports and Position Paper 2018-2021)
    download in English
  • PCE Synthesis Report 2021
    download in English
  • PCE Synthesis Report 2020
    download in English
  • PCE Synthesis Report 2019
    download in English
  • PCE Synthesis Report 2018
    download in English

Objectives

Prospective country evaluations established country platforms that supported dynamic, continuous monitoring and evaluation, learning and problem-solving. They aimed to:

  • Examine and analyze implementation of Global Fund strategic objectives
  • Provide continuous information to allow countries and the Global Fund Secretariat to adapt and adjust program implementation
  • Identify challenges that impede programmed performance and opportunities to inform and improve program quality for impact, effectiveness, and value for money
  • Measure program contributions to impact
  • Strengthen country monitoring and evaluation systems for robust measurement
  • Identify and disseminate best practices to improve the Global Fund model

Independent external evaluation of the PCEs

The TERG commissioned an independent external evaluation of the PCE process in order to draw out the lessons learned from these experiences and inform the future of independent country level evaluation. As part of the TERG 2017-2022 Evaluation, PCEs were established in eight countries: Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Mozambique, Myanmar, Senegal, Sudan and Uganda. They used a variety of methods to provide a detailed picture of implementation, effectiveness and impact of Global Fund grants in the selected countries. The objective was to generate ongoing evidence on program implementation in order to accelerate progress towards the objectives of the Global Fund 2017-22 Strategy.

In order to ensure the independence of the evaluation, the steering committee for this evaluation was chaired by an independent expert from the Gavi Evaluation Advisory Committee who engaged directly with the external evaluation team. The chair also organized a quality assurance review of the report by two independent evaluators.

This report presents the key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation of the PCEs and includes some design considerations and options for future independent evaluations. The TERG Position Paper for the Evaluation of the PCEs report and the Secretariat Management Response to this report are published with this report.

  • External Evaluation of the Prospective Country Evaluations (PCEs): TERG Position Paper, Management Response and Final Report
    download in English