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"A standardized way of reporting on the implementation processes as well as contextual factors throughout the programme would allow for easier synthesis of this information, and facilitate communication between researchers and practitioners."

Information about design, context, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation is central to understanding the processes and impacts of sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) programmes, in support of effective replication and scale-up of efforts. Existing reporting guidelines do not demand sufficient detail in the reporting of contextual and implementation issues. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed programme reporting standards (PRS) to be used by SRMNCAH programme implementers and researchers.

The overarching goal of the PRS is to provide guidance for complete and accurate reporting on the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation processes of SRMNCAH programmes, which will in turn facilitate knowledge sharing within and between different programmes and sectors working to improve the health and well-being of individuals across the SRMNCAH continuum. This collaborative initiative is led by the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, including the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) and the WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, in partnership with the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) hosted by WHO. This ongoing partnership will ensure widespread distribution of the PRS and provide support for its use.

The PRS is intended for programme managers and other staff or practitioners who have designed, implemented, and/or evaluated SRMNCAH programmes - many of which operate under complex, real-world conditions that often make it difficult to communicate clearly exactly what is being done, when, where, how and by whom in a timely and consistent manner. The impact of many programmes, particularly those that are social and behavioural in nature, is also very much tied to the local context (e.g., sociocultural, socioeconomic, geographical, legal, political, health system) and to the processes of implementation, which may not be easy to describe. The PRS can be used by governmental and non-governmental organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and the private sector. It can be used prospectively to guide the reporting of a programme throughout its life cycle, or retrospectively.

Organised as a checklist, the PRS consists of 24 items across 5 main sections:

  • Programme overview
  • Programme components and implementation
  • Monitoring of implementation
  • Evaluation and results
  • Synthesis

This document presents version 1.0 of the PRS checklist (see pages 7-11), which was developed using a structured, collaborative process (see Box 1 on page 3). It also provides an overview of the PRS and instructions on how to use it, including a detailed description of each section and item, and additional resources that can be used to support or complement the reporting process.


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Posting from Ados May to IBP Global on February 14 2018, WHO website, February 14 2018, and emails from Ados May and María Barreix to The Communication Initiative on February 15 2018 and February 16 2018, respetively.