Read about the IHR Project’s involvement in the first event of the series, how to access the recording and future sessions.

The Esther Alliance for Global Health Partnerships has launched a live webinar series titled Health Partnerships Perspectives. The series hosts speakers from a range of geographical and professional backgrounds to exchange expertise and knowledge on health partnerships’ evidence and case studies.

The first webinar of the series was held on Friday 30 April on the topic of Evaluating Institutional Health Partnerships with a focus on use of the ESTHER EFFECt Tool, a monitoring and evaluation self-assessment tool used to evaluate current practice and how to embed change in institutional health partnerships.

Ahmed Razavi, Consultant in Global Public Health and IHR Project Africa Portfolio Lead spoke at the event alongside Dr Vicki Doyle, Director of Capacity Development International and David Weakliam, Global Health Programme Director - Health Service Executive Ireland.

After an introduction from Vicki Doyle, co-designer of the ESTHER EFFECt Tool, Ahmed reflected on an evaluation undertaken between Public Health England (PHE) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (Nigeria CDC) as part of the IHR Project. Ahmed drew on recommendations outlined in the publication produced with Nigeria CDC, Evaluating an Institutional health Partnership using the ESTHER EFFECt tool: A Case Study of an Evaluation of the Institutional Health Partnership Between Nigeria CDC and Public Health England (view the full article on our Publications and Reports page).

Ahmed highlighted the strength of the tool in evaluating how the partnership between Nigeria CDC and PHE could be improved and how delivery of the tool fostered an open and transparent culture between the organisation’s leadership teams. Use of the tool also allowed the organisations to create an action plan to take forward recommendations from the assessment. Vicki Doyle praised the approach employed by PHE and Nigeria CDC of using structured workshops to first complete the partnership assessment independently before coming together and the value this had on the results.

David Weakliam followed with a reflection on use of the ESTHER EFFECt tool between the Ministry of Health Mozambique and Health Service Executive Ireland. David outlined his learning from using the tool and emphasised the importance of self-assessment involving both partners in gaining useful insights.

The webinar recording is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A2DcLvkTpc 

The Health Partnership Perspective webinars run on the last Friday of each month at 12:00 GMT. Registration information can be accessed here: https://esther.eu/index.php/events/