How the evaluation strengthens SMI
As a results-based aid initiative, evaluation is a key component of SMI. An incentivizing reimbursement of countries’ investment in the program is contingent on countries meeting targets, which were set based on IHME research, other expert opinion, and goals for improvement in maternal and child health established within the SMI framework. Progress toward these targets is measured throughout the Initiative’s implementation period.
IHME and its data collection partners, in collaboration with IDB, collect the primary data used to construct performance indicators. Impact is captured by collecting data and assessing indicators at four points in time: baseline and three follow-up evaluations thereafter. In some countries, capturing indicators in both intervention and control areas also helps to tease out the impact of SMI.