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Reading: Making Innovation in Policy Work

making-innov-policy-workMaking Innovation Policy Work: Learning from experimentation
Dutz, Mark A., Yevgeny Kuznetsov, Esperanza Lasagabaster and Dirk Pilat, editors. Paris and Washington: OECD and World Bank, 2014.

Experimentation is the key to forging policies that can successfully attack poverty, the authors of this report contend, especially in the areas of entrepreneurship, health care and nutrition, and green innovation. Contributors recommend privileging monitoring and evaluation over top-down policymaking, and they argue for greater cooperation between governments and civil society groups in order to promote successful development approaches that can be scaled up.

MEASURE Evaluation in the Media

See MEASURE Evaluation work and news recently featured in the media:

  • A Know Your HIV Response study dissemination seminar took place in Southern Province, Zambia. The study results showed new HIV infections in the province at 40% among young people. The study’s findings were shared by the Lusaka VoiceTimes of Zambia and AllAfrica.
  • A study led by MEASURE Evaluation’s Dr. Kavita Singh Ongechi was featured in an article on the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health web site. The study confirms the extent to which infectious diseases contribute to maternal mortality in Mozambique and the need to increase coverage of maternal health services focused on HIV and malaria.
  • In Costa Rica, findings from the country’s 2010 Survey of Sexual and Reproductive Health showed many young people do not correctly identify the prevalence and forms of HIV transmission. The Central American Population Center at the University of Costa Rica, with assistance from MEASURE Evaluation, conducted the secondary analysis. Spanish-language news outlets CR Hoy, The Republic and ADN Radio shared the findings.
  • La Prensa and El Siglo, Panamanian Spanish-language news outlets, featured findings from a secondary analysis of the 2009 National Survey of Sexual and Reproductive Health. Among other findings, the study found the risk of women acquiring HIV/AIDS is associated with poverty and education. The analysis was conducted by teams of Panamanian public health professionals with technical assistance provided by MEASURE Evaluation.
  • The United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Global Health awarded MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Population Center and its partners, Futures Group, ICF International, John Snow Incorporated, Management Sciences for Health, and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The award was covered by many media outlets, including UNC News, News & Observer, Triangle Business Journal and WNCN.

Innovating: Implementing the PLACE Method

innovatingMEASURE Evaluation has enhanced the quality and amount of information about HIV incidence by working with local governments and organizations in countries throughout the developing world to implement its innovative PLACE protocol. The PLACE method allows local health workers to identify and map locations and events where people meet new sexual partners and to interview a representative sample of people at the venues about their sexual behavior and exposure to prevention programs.

Since we first developed and piloted PLACE in South Africa in 1999, it has been used to focus HIV prevention efforts on high-incidence areas, where interventions are most likely to impact behavior change. In 2009, MEASURE Evaluation acquired even more information about HIV in China’s Liuzhou province by conducting a PLACE study alongside respondent driven sampling (RDS) and comparing results from the two methods. In addition to yielding useful methodological information, the comparison study identified gaps in Liuzhou’s HIV prevention programs and documented recent trends in sexual behavior. For example, the PLACE portion of the study supported a 2010 finding from China’s national population-based household survey of a rising rate of one-night stands among young people who do not identify as sex workers, which could alter HIV transmission patterns in China. This kind of specific and localized information helps health authorities target and monitor local HIV interventions.

Read more about how MEASURE Evaluation improves decision making in public health.

Have you used the PLACE method? If so, please share your experience.

University of Pretoria Workshop on M&E of Health Programs

The University of Pretoria, School of Health Systems and Public Health, is independently offering a 2-week workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programs in Pretoria, South Africa, from October 6-24, 2014.

The course will introduce delegates to the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of health programs, the improvement and institutionalization of the collection of health-related data and the analysis of program impact, with the aim of improving health program planning and performance.

The main topics covered will include the development of monitoring and evaluation program for population, health and nutrition interventions ( HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB, maternal health, family planning, child health and reproductive health). Additional topics, such as evaluation design, cost measurement and cost-effectiveness analyses, as well as longitudinal and multilevel analysis, are also discussed.

Workshop Description

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MEASURE Evaluation at the International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) is taking place July 20-25 in Melbourne, Australia. AIDS 2014 will bring together leading scientists, public health experts, policy makers and the HIV-affected community to translate recent momentous scientific advances into action that will address means to end the epidemic within the current context of significant global economic challenges.

MEASURE Evaluation’s presence at AIDS2014 will include:

Professional Development Workshop: M&E of Gender-Based Violence, HIV, and women’s economic empowerment
July 24, 2014 | 2:30 – 5:30pm

Posters

Using Cognitive Interviews in Nigeria to Pre-test Child, Caregiver, and Household Well-being Survey Tools for Orphan and Vulnerable Children Programs

Evaluating Orphan and Vulnerable Children Outcomes: Methodology and results of pilot testing a new toolkit in Nigeria and Zambia

HIV Remains a Key Killer in Zambia: Results of community-based mortality surveillance

Building Capacity for Geospatial Analysis and Data Demand and Use to Improve Resource Allocation for HIV Programs: Experiences from Iringa, Tanzania 

Building District and Facility Sharing and Use of HIV/AIDS and Health Information for Evidence-based Programming: Experiences from Tanzania

Strengthening M&E System Among Partners Implementing HIV/AIDS Projects in Tanzania: MEASURE Evaluation’s experience

Learn more about AIDS 2014.

Reading: Open Development

open-devOpen Development: Networked innovations in international development
Smith, Matthew L., and Katherine M. A. Reilly, editors. Cambridge: MA: The MIT Press, 2013.

This volume focuses on the emergence of open networked models based on digital network technologies and the opportunities and threats they pose for international development. After offering a theoretical exploration of open development and related terms, contributors explore the potential limits and drawbacks of applications for openness in global health, education, government and knowledge management.

System Building: Developing a Countrywide Directory of Nigeria’s Health Facilities

system-buildingIn 2011, MEASURE Evaluation developed a countrywide directory of Nigeria’s health facilities, in conjunction with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health’s Department of Planning Research and Statistics. Two years later, Nigeria’s minister of health launched the directory of more than 34,000 health facilities, which is coded to indicate key information for each facility – location, type of facility, and facility ownership (private or public).

This directory is fundamental to the effective and efficient functioning of health management and delivery in Nigeria, which requires detailed and up-to-date information about facilities, the sources of health care. The directory is set to be the backbone of Nigeria’s National Health Information Systems, bolstering the country’s health systems; and it will inform further research and assessments by serving as a sampling frame for surveys and audits. It will also generate unique identification numbering for antiretroviral therapy patients and serve as a tool for the National Health Insurance Scheme. In addition, the detailed directory will allow organizations wanting to work in a state to know what facilities are available for their proposed activities.

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