MEASURING THE IMPACT OF NGOS: THE EFFECT OF NGOS ON HEALTH OUTCOMES
There seems to be an emerging consensus that NGOs can play an important role in poverty alleviation, the promotion of human rights and women's issues, education and health. These activities, in turn can have a substantial impact on development. However, it is unclear if the true impact on society is understood. By the vary nature of the work they do and the locations in which they operate, evaluating NGOs based their performance and measuring outcomes can be difficult. Yet, evaluating the role of NGOs to determine their effectiveness and where these types of organizations are most appropriate and or are ineffective can be very useful for policy formulation, particularly concerning development. In order to quantitatively analyze the impact of NGO activty, this study uses health outcoomes as a measure of NGO performance. Using health outcomes as a measure of NGO performance can be particularly useful due to the importance of health outcomes themselves and the concentration of NGO activity in that sector. This study finds positive and statistically significant relationships between NGO activity and health outcomes.
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