UNICEF prevention of adolescent suicide – Economic Evaluation

Kazakhstan

The Project

The WHO defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’; nevertheless, mental health is too often neglected. Prevention of mental health disorders focus on three areas of action:  promoting a healthy sense of well-being , identifiying  those at risk of mental ill health, and lastly treatment for those who need it.

At the global level, Kazakhstan was ranked as the 9th and 4th for suicide rates in children aged five to14 and youth between 15-29 respectively (WHO 2014). In response to this, in early 2015 the ministries of Health, Education and Internal Affairs and UNICEF developed an intersectoral programme on the prevention of suicides among adolescents which was initiated as a two-year pilot in Kyzylorda region (one of the 16 provinces of Kazakhstan).

LAMP provided support to the evaluation of this programme, undertaking the economic evaluation component.  We worked remotely with the evaluation team conducting the fieldwork in Kazakhstan to develop an economic evaluation including a cost analysis of the programme.

Impact

  • The findings from the evaluation are expected to be shared with the Kazakhstan government and with UNICEF programmes globally to share best practice

Client Testimonial

  • We worked with LAMP for an evaluation of an adolescent suicide prevention project in Kazakhstan. LAMP were very professional in defining the scope of the cost-effectiveness stream of work, in dealing with the client, and in delivering within a quick time-frame when the data did arrive! We would work with them again. 

    - Health Team Leader, Itad
  • Lamp Development provided expertise to help shape our VFM Approach. They worked in a collaborative style, built a strong working relationship with staff and produced practical outputs which is exactly what we asked for. The outputs have already been used by our Project Managers to improve how we report VfM within on-going projects and words have also been included to increase our VfM scoring within bids. Thanks for all the help!

    - Practice Lead, Governance and State Building, Crown Agents
  • LAMP’s project objectives were achieved, and we received positive feedback from DFID on the final output. The report led to some interesting discussions with DFID and between partners. The number-crunching and the organization of data was excellent. I think we worked very well together. Jennifer and Susie were always prompt and responsive.

    - Senior manager – M&E, KEEP
  • The analysis LAMP made on the case study was very useful for the implementing partners and for users of the report to see the impact of the interventions in monetary and statistical terms. The benefits of both interventions were clearly seen. LAMP were very proactive in data collection and were flexible with regards to challenges in obtaining required data; they were quick to come up with alternative methods to capture data and were able to make use of the limited data available.

    - Crown Agents
  • The framework was very well received by the team. The engagement was carried out in a planned, consultative and thorough manner.  LAMP’s communication style, interaction with partners, response timeliness are all excellent.

    - Solar Nigeria Programme (SNP)

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