Measuring the impact of safe motherhood programmes can be challenging, and other ways of assessing maternal health and survival must often be used. One way to monitor progress is process evaluation—which assesses the performance of a programme rather than its impact on health or behaviour.
Immpact, a global research initiative, has enhanced the methods and tools used to measure the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of safe motherhood programmes using process indicators. Immpact focused its research on measuring progress at the district or higher level of the health system, where data was easily collected by routine information systems.
Process Indicators Reveal Important Information About Programme Effectiveness, Immpact, University of Aberdeen, UK, 2 pp.