Evaluation of the infant and young child feeding programme
UNICEF’s response to the ongoing nutrition needs of infants and young children in Syria
The purpose of the evaluation was to assess how much and in what ways the Infant and Young Child Feeding programme investments that UNICEF made have been used effectively and efficiently to improve results, following the low rates shown in the SMART survey conducted in 2019 to generate understanding on quality aspects of the IYCF programme and help inform UNICEF programme strategy.
The evaluation concluded that the programme’s strategic design, direction, and intended results were consistent with the needs of key stakeholders and remained relevant to the context and community needs over time. It also addressed the needs of infant and young children feeding in vulnerable communities but faced some limitations in terms of reach and access. The programme has laid the groundwork for sustainability, yet pointed out to some weaknesses in results, monitoring and evaluation systems.
The summary also shares some key actions on how the office will respond to the evaluation. For example, strengthening results-based management, considering Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) at health facilities, strengthening programme quality, planning approaches for advocacy and awareness raising, scaling up community health volunteer programmes, engaging stakeholder, and evidence-based programme design.