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Public Health


Life Sciences

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First Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ali Crandall

First Faculty Reader

Dr. Jeff Glenn

Honors Coordinator

Dr. Len Novilla


Orphan Care, Zambia, Evaluation, Nonprofit, Public Health, Qualitative


This paper uses an interdisciplinary approach—combining theories and methodologies from the Social Impact and Public Health disciplines—to design an evaluation of Mothers Without Borders’ (MWB) programs in Lusaka, Zambia. Their programs aim to support communities as they care for children in crisis living in their communities—with a focus on communities with large populations of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This paper provides an overview of the orphan crisis, international orphan care standards, and evaluation practices in order to understand and design an effective evaluation plan for the organization. This project aims to provide the organization with a clear, actionable evaluation plan by completing the following three phases: Phase 1: Historical Analysis, Phase 2: Process and Outcome Evaluation Design, and Phase 3: Evaluation Toolkit and Expansion Plan. Qualitative interview responses and social worker reports on the children are explored, and recommendations are proposed to encourage goal-based evaluation practices in accordance with industry standards.


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