Lessons learnt from the CERCA Project, a multicomponent intervention to promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health in three Latin America countries: A qualitative post-hoc evaluation

Olena Ivanova, Kathya Cordova Pozo, Zoyla Esmeralda Segura, Bernardo Vega, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Michelle J. Hindin, Marleen Temmerman, Peter Decat, Sara De Meyer, Kristien Michielsen

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Abstract

The Community-Embedded Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents (CERCA) Project was implemented in Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua (2011-2014) to test the effectiveness of interventions preventing teenage pregnancies. As the outcome evaluation showed limited impact, a post-hoc process evaluation was carried out to determine if and how CERCA's design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation affected the results. We did a document analysis and conducted 18 in-depth interviews and 21 focus group discussions with stakeholders and beneficiaries. Transcripts were analyzed using directed content analysis.Data showed that CERCA sensitized stakeholders and encouraged the discussion on this sensitive issue. In terms of design, a strong point was the participatory approach; a weak point was that the detailed situation analysis was completed too late. In terms of implementation, a strong point was that multifaceted activities were implemented; a weak point was that the activities were not pilot tested for feasibility/acceptability and evolved substantially throughout the Project. In terms of monitoring, strong points were that regular monitoring kept the Project on track administratively/financially; a weak point was that monitoring indicators did not change as the intervention package changed. In terms of evaluation, weak points were the substantial attrition rate and narrow focus on adolescents.This study provides recommendations for future projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-105
Number of pages8
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume58
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Complex intervention
  • Latin America
  • Post-hoc evaluation
  • Sexual and reproductive health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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