Program Evaluation: Pacific Health and Nutrition

Project Details

Young Fijian girl smiling  partially hiden behind a white wall

Strengthening primary health care systems is at the core of UNICEF’s approach to improving service quality and building health and nutrition system resilience.

The evaluation of UNICEF’s Pacific Health and Nutrition Program will generate evidence to inform the next Pacific Multi-Country Program development on how to scale-up models to improve quality of care in the Pacific. Findings may also contribute to the UN Pacific Strategy evaluation and subsequently the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.

The objectives of this evaluation are:

  • To examine the results achieved by components of UNICEF Pacific Health and Nutrition program, and the enabling and disabling factors that facilitated the results, and to analyse the extent to which these results may contribute to program outcomes in different country contexts;
  • To validate and reconstruct the theory of change (ToC) of the UNICEF Pacific Health and Nutrition Program – including a visual representation of the ToC along with the narrative commentary - based on program experience and effective approaches that help all children in the Pacific to survive and thrive;
  • To identify and document key lessons learned, success and failures, good practices and innovations from implementation of the Health and Nutrition Program by UNICEF Pacific, with a cross-cutting consideration for gender, equity, inclusion and human rights, that can inform the strengthening of health system capacities, at national and subnational level;

To review the monitoring and evaluation system for effective delivery of the UNICEF Pacific Health and Nutrition program, with a gender equity and inclusive lens, and provide strategic guidance to UNICEF Pacific in strengthening it


Project lead

Katherine Gilbert

Project team

Clare Strachan
Manjula Marella
Ms Alison Macintyre
Dr Linda Bennett,


Dr Masoud Mohammadnezhad, Fiji National University
Dr Gade Waqa, Fiji National University


This research is funded by UNICEF

Research Group

Health Systems Governance and Financing

School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health, Data science, health metrics and disease modeling

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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