SAFE for Health Institutions Peer Review

SAFE for Health Institutions Peer Review

A peer-supported appreciative inquiry into a health institution’s social accountability.


The SAFE for Health Institutions Peer Review supports the assessment of a health institution’s activities against the SAFE for Health Institutions Evaluation Tool’s standards.

What is the Peer Review Process?

The Peer Review is an appreciative inquiry that is focused on the (re)discovery of a health institution’s social accountability activities led by a four-member team (one coordinator and three peer reviewers).

Social accountability activities are identified through key informant interviews and a document review. This information is then compared to the SAFE for Health Institutions Evaluation Tool’s social accountability standards to identify strengths and areas to consider for improvement.

At the concludion of the Peer Review, the health institution is given a report of the team’s findings and a comprehensive, organized database of their social accountability activities.


1. Initial Contact

2. Data Collection, Oragnization and Storage

  • Key informant interviews
  • Collection of institutional documents
  • Organization of data following the READ approach
  • Storage of data on an institutional electronic database

3. Peer Review (Data Analysis)

4. SAFE for Health Institutions Evaluation Report

  • Report is drafted by the Peer Review Team
  • Health institution validates their report
  • A comprehensive, organized database of social accountability activities is given to the health institution

5. Developmental Evaluations


  • Appreciative inquiry into the activities of a health institution.
  • Fosters a collaborative environment, networking and knowledge sharing.
  • Experienced peer review team helps navigate, what can be, novel concepts.
  • Maintenance of an institutional social accountability knowledge database.
  • Pre-packaged process already approved by research ethics review board.