National health policies, strategies, and plans

Monitoring and evaluation

Outcomes can be improved through increased and more focused investment in monitoring and evaluating how national health policies, strategies, and plans are implemented. During joint annual reviews, for example, different actors within the health sector and beyond assess progress and performance according to agreed benchmarks and indicators within a single monitoring and evaluation framework.

When properly designed, this allows for learning, continuous improvement of the planning process and timely corrective measures. It also contributes to documenting policy reform processes.

Countries within and across regions can benefit from opportunities for inter-country exchange and peer review, better documentation of policy innovation, and support to institutions, such as networks of observatories, that can drive and guide the development of national health policies, strategies, and plans.

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