THE FORMATION OF THE BASELINE ASSESSMENT TOOL
A baseline assessment was conducted in each SDS partner district to ensure that program resources were targeted appropriately. The assessment also informed the project team of necessary changes within the district-wide system of governance, which would lead to expanded decentralization and equitable and efficient service delivery, especially health services (per USAID funding).
2.1 OBJECTIVES OF THE BASELINE ASSESSMENT TOOL
The purpose of the assessment tool was to assist USAID and line ministries to determine capacity gaps in LGs. The ministries involved were Ministry of Local Government (MoLG); Ministry of Health (MoH); Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MoGLSD); Ministry of Education, Science, Technology, and Sports (MoESTS). Each assessment produced recommendations to increase participation and empowerment in decentralized service delivery by:
- Determining the baseline for service delivery, emphasizing health and HIV/AIDS and identifying activities funded through grants
- Determining local governance capacity to effect change in sustainable service delivery
- Determining organizational performance improvement in the context of a decentralization framework
The findings facilitated the development of SDS project work plans and served as a baseline to measure the performance of grant funds and organizational change in relation to sustainable decentralization.