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National stakeholder receptivity and resistance to piloting the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) in Ghana

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 17:00 to 19:00
LIDC, Lower Meeting Room, 36 Gordon Square
Dr Heather Lanthorn


Increasingly, those involved in social-policy experimentation and evaluation are considering the importance of national stakeholders and policy champions. However, programme piloting, evaluations, and evidence-informed decision-making entail both risks and rewards for such stakeholders. This analysis uses qualitative methods to explore national stakeholder reactions to an offer to participate in a pilot for a large-scale programme and its evaluation. The pilot in question and accompanying evaluation received considerable pushback from national stakeholders. This analysis explicitly addresses the question of why stakeholders might resist piloting a program expected to bring great positive benefits. It also explores how both support and resistance for the pilot and evaluation can be explained. 

Dr Heather Lanthorn Bio:

Heather completed her SD in Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, focused on the political and economic aspects of adopting and implementing the Affordable Medicines Facility - malaria (AMFm) in Ghana. She is a Senior Manager at IDinsight and previously worked as an Evaluation Specialist at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). She holds a doctorate in global health and population (Harvard University), a Master’s in Public Health (University of Michigan) and a BA in Anthropology (Wake Forest University).