The Annual Results and Impact Evaluation Workshop for RBF takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from March 25 to April 1, 2014.
Our blog brings you highlights and insights from workshop sessions, where attendees will share knowledge and lessons from 36 RBF programs in 31 countries. For the first time, participants will be joined by several of our partner organizations, who are also attending the workshop.
This page features highlights from the second week of the workshop: March 29 to April 1, 2014.
Day Eight: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The curtain has come down on the Annual Results and Impact Evaluation Workshop for RBF in Buenos Aires.
On the final day, participants attended a session, “Lessons Learned to Inform RBF Design,” during which they explored topics such as the use of operational data; designing a context-appropriate verification approach; and ways to assess quality linked to RBF payment.
Also, attendees got an introduction to the impact evaluation cycle and milestones within that cycle. The presentation, “IE and HRITF: Milestones, Tools and Policy Requirements,” walked participants through the Impact Evaluation Toolkit, an essential resource for practitioners in the RBF space.
Day Eight ended with a country group-work exercise. During this session, participants discussed the next steps they will take to implement the recommendations and actions proposed throughout the workshop.
Day Seven: Monday, March 31, 2014
Participants benefitted from a closer look at Plan Nacer on Day Seven.
They attended a presentation, which provided details on the successful health coverage program, which has had impressive results in Argentina. The results of the impact evaluation were also shared during this session.
Following the presentation, the participants, like their Phase One counterparts, went on field visits to see Plan Nacer in action.
After touring the health facilities, attendees heard from Provincial Purchasing Office Coordinators, an External Audit Representative and an Impact Evaluation Expert, who shared more insights on Plan Nacer.
Day Six: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Following the departure of phase one participants, phase two countries delved into impact evaluations on Day Six of the workshop.
They attended a two-part session that covered techniques for building high-quality impact evaluations, including randomized assignment and difference-in-differences design.
In addition, participants learned about incorporating qualitative assessments in impact evaluations. They explored how qualitative research can be used in the design and/or evaluation of RBF projects.
The day concluded with a group-work exercise, during which teams developed overviews of their impact evaluation designs.
Day Five: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Community and demand-side RBF came into focus on Day Five of the Workshop.
Participants heard in-depth presentations on community-level approaches for implementing RBF. Attendees explored the example of Rwanda, where a community performance-based financing approach has been in progress since 2009. Presenters also shared details on the community PBF project, which Gambia is introducing. It focuses on nutrition and encourages exclusive breastfeeding.
Other sessions for the day included “New Technologies for Results-Based Financing,” a presentation that highlighted how technology can enhance good governance and efficiency in RBF programs.
Participants also attended “Sharing Knowledge in The Age of Social Media,” which looked at examples of successful media outreach, the use of data in sharing knowledge, and communications best practices in the context of RBF.
In addition, attendees had the opportunity to be trained in the use of RBF analytics software, learned how to better design projects and impact evaluations, and deepened their understanding of qualitative learning.