The Private Health Sector Project (PHSP) in Ethiopia was a five-year project (Oct 2015–Oct 2020) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Data for Impact (D4I), conducted an end-line performance evaluation of the PHSP to determine which of its strategies were most successful in helping the Government of Ethiopia build an enabling environment for private health providers and enhance effective partnerships with the private sector to deliver high-impact public health interventions.
The evaluation methods included a review of program documents, interviews with stakeholders, primary data collection through health facility assessments, and an analysis of existing routine health data from the last five years. The work provided insights into PHSP’s successes and challenges in strengthening the private health care system, and its effectiveness in increasing access to services in key areas of tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, family planning and maternal and child health through private health facilities.
Findings of this evaluation will inform future design of private sector engagement strategies to improve the health system involving. Amidst the COVID-19 environment, D4I engaged a local research firm experienced in remote data collection methods to assemble quantitative and qualitative data and employed remote training approaches and conduct interviews online or by phone.