Evaluating Project Effectiveness of the Healthy Villages Initiative
The Uganda Village Project (UVP) works with communities to promote public health and sustainable development in rural communities of the Iganga district in southeast Uganda, through their Healthy Villages Initiative, which aims to improve healthcare. UVP works directly with community-based organizations and local governments to draw on local knowledge and maximize community ownership of public health and development solutions. UVP engaged the Capstone team to review their existing survey data collection tool against current organizational objectives, secure Institutional Review Board approval for the updated survey tool used in 2020 data collection, and analyze data collected in 2009, 2015, and 2020 surveys. The team traveled to Uganda to observe training on survey tool use and conduct field interviews with UVP staff, survey enumerators, and community respondents regarding the efficiency and utility of the updated survey tool. The team used evaluation software to analyze the impact of UVP programming against data collected in control villages and synthesized its findings in an academic report.