USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project | Nigeria


The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD) in coordination with PEPFAR Nigeria, has been engaged in improving the quality of services for vulnerable children by developing national vulnerable children service standards. Building on work funded under the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI), the USAID ASSIST Project is supporting institutional strengthening of FMWASD at the federal, state, and local government levels to develop and pilot standards for such services using quality improvement methodologies.

In fiscal year 2012, draft vulnerable children standards were reviewed by various stakeholders, resulting in a final draft. HCI facilitated the “training of coaches” to support piloting in 12 states. ASSIST is supporting the pilot to gather evidence from the application of services standards and to ascertain whether the proposed standards are doable, relevant, effective, and appropriate and whether using the standards makes a difference in the well-being of children.

Key Activities

  • Build the capacity of Federal and State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in piloting the draft service standards for vulnerable children in Nigeria.
  • Gather evidence on the pilot by using improvement science.
  • Integrate the draft standards into the National Plan of Action and the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.
  • Institutionalize quality improvement through piloting and creating communities of learning across stakeholders.
  • Communicate standards to partners and other vulnerable children stakeholders.


2012 to 2014
US Agency for International Development (USAID) | Nigeria
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
National level and in 12 states: Lagos, Ekiti, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kano, Taraba, Bauchi, Benue, and Federal Capital Territory