Putting Families First – the Tajikistan 'Baby Homes' transformation process : Year 1 Evaluation Report

Milligan, Ian (2018) Putting Families First – the Tajikistan 'Baby Homes' transformation process : Year 1 Evaluation Report. [Report]

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    Abstract

    CELCIS was commissioned by HealthProm to provide a series of independent evaluations during the course of the Putting Families First project (January 2017 – June 2020). This 1st evaluation was conducted by Dr Ian Milligan, based on an examination of project reports, data and other relevant literature and also in-country interviews carried out in November 2017. Interviews were carried out with Directors and groups of staff from the BH, with Directors and staff from the NGOs, and with local CRC and CRU officials in Khujand. For administrative reasons in Tajikistan it was not possible to meet with any official from the relevant Ministries; the MoHSPP and MOES or from the Protection of Child Rights Department within the PEO. The full list of interviewees is provided in Appendix 1. This reports aims to provide an evaluation of the 1st year of a 42-month project, Putting Families First: safe sustainable families in rural and urban areas of Tajikistan (PFF) principally funded by the European Union. This report will focus mainly on the beginning of the change process, which represents a major change in the mode of operation of any Government-run residential facilities. The Baby Home transformation process is a key feature of a range of Government reforms which include new legislation and changes in Ministry responsibilities. This report will examine the development of services and progress on the approval of regulations which will authorise new services and guide the transformation process from closed institutional Baby Homes to community oriented integrated Family and Child Support Centres. This report will consider how these changes are building upon new services piloted by local NGOs which have been working closely with the BHs since 2008. Subsequent evaluations will look in more depth at practice development and the impact of the new services on children and families.