Countdown In-Depth Country Case Studies

In addition to providing support for Country Countdown activities, Countdown also supports in-depth case studies of country progress for women and children. Building country-level capacity to conduct this type of in-depth research is a central objective of Countdown, leading to better technical work that is conducted within specific country contexts and helping to build sustainable institutional capacity for ongoing monitoring and analysis of progress in RMNCH. 

Countdown kicked off this country-level research with the publication in The Lancet in September 2012 of an in-depth case study of Niger’s achievements in improving child survival. This research was carried out in collaboration with many in-country partners and government institutions.  (A slide presentation summarizing the Niger study’s findings can be downloaded here.)  A second in-depth case study, led by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, and focused on understanding Bangladesh’s success in reducing maternal mortality, is underway in 2013.  Countdown is also supporting case studies in Ethiopia, Malawi, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and Peru during 2013, and plans for several more in 2014 and beyond.

Countdown’s in-depth country case studies focus on understanding and explaining how progress was achieved. Through supporting this research, Countdown aims to build a portfolio of studies that assess multiple outcomes across the continuum of care, and that include attention to success stories as well as areas where progress was not made, and analyze the reasons why. Countdown case studies are led by in-country institutions that are independent of RMNCH program implementation, and plans and preliminary results presented and discussed with Government and other relevant stakeholders. An in-depth case study requires the availability of good, relevant data as a prerequisite, and may take place either before, simultaneous to, or after the initiation of a Country Countdown process.

At a Countdown capacity-building workshop offered at the 2013 Women Deliver conference, Dr. Jennifer Bryce of Countdown’s Coverage Working Group offered a detailed description of the Countdown case study in a slide presentation:

  • Slide presentation: Countdown In-Depth Country Case Studies
  • Presentations and tools developed for a capacity-building workshop on in-depth case studies, held in Pelotas, Brazil , in July 2013, can be downloaded here.

Niger case study: