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Measuring National HIV M&E System Strengthening in Côte d’Ivoire

A Case Study to Measure National HIV Monitoring and Evaluation System Strengthening: Côte d’IvoireA Case Study to Measure National HIV Monitoring and Evaluation System Strengthening: Côte d’Ivoire

This Côte d’Ivoire study uses interviews with stakeholders and key informants and other evidence to verify real change in routine health information system strengthening through indicator and data collection tool harmonization, development of an electronic patient record system, and improvement in data quality through the collection, collation, and reporting data cycle. The study also shows that although much has been accomplished, considerations for future monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system strengthening assessment and implementation should account for a systems thinking approach to strengthen a country-led M&E system.

Future interventions also will need to collaboratively and actively identify the work of each national agency and development partner to build partnerships that use substantive, productive feedback on what is and is not working.

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Mozambique Community Care Program Assessment

Mozambique Program Assessment: Community Care for Vulnerable Children in an Integrated Vulnerable Children and Home-Based Care Program Mozambique Program Assessment: Community Care for Vulnerable Children in an Integrated Vulnerable Children and Home-Based Care Program

In Mozambique, the Community Care Program (Programa de Cuidados Comunitários, or PCC in Portuguese) is a five-year project (2010-2015) that seeks to strengthen the response to HIV and AIDS, specifically support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and home-based care (HBC) service provision for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV), in seven focus provinces through a network of community-based organizations (CBOs). Prior to PCC, OVC support and HBC had usually been provided by different activistas (community workers) and/or different CBOs, even when the same household had both HBC clients and OVC.

PCC integrated OVC support with HBC service provision: a single activista would provide integrated support to all people living with HIV (PLHIV), OVC, and pre/post-partum women living in the household through HBC, as well as supporting households that may have only one beneficiary type (e.g., households with vulnerable children and no HBC client). Integration of services and service providers involved devising a schedule of visits based on those needing more frequent care and those needing less frequent care (“intensive” versus “maintenance” stages of care).

Stakeholders expected that this integrated approach would offer a more efficient model of service provision. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Mozambique asked MEASURE Evaluation to assess the integrated model to better understand what integration of HBC and OVC services means for OVC beneficiaries.The assessment outlined in this report found consensus regarding the value of having one activista provide services to all clients in one household for the efficiencies it offers, including offering holistic support to households, the potential for cost savings, and the integrated activista’s ability to reach OVC that may not have been previously reached.

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Health Management Information System Building with Tariq Azim

Dr. Azim explains the HMIS process used in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia that led to a country-owned system.

Reading: Evaluation Design for Complex Global Initiatives

Evaluation Design for Complex Global Initiatives: Workshop summary
Board on Global Health, Institute of Medicine and Steve Olson, editor. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2014.

A workshop was convened by the Institute of Medicine in January 2014 to explore recent evaluation experiences for some of the world’s largest multi-national health initiatives. This summary considers the lessons learned from how these evaluations were designed, carried out, and used. It also explores the relative benefits and limitations of different quantitative and qualitative approaches within the mixed methods designs used for these complex and costly evaluations.

Sustainability Assessment: Institutional Capacity Building in Nigeria

Institutional Capacity Building in Nigeria Sustainability Assessment Report: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University Institutional Capacity Building in Nigeria Sustainability Assessment Report: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University

In 2012, MEASURE Evaluation conducted a sustainability assessment of its two monitoring and evaluation (M&E) training partners in Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). The assessment evaluated the capacity at ABU and OAU to offer workshops that meet M&E workforce needs, develop other M&E products including relevant higher education coursework and certification, and generally serve as Nigeria’s key M&E training and resource institutions.

This sustainability assessment was conducted in two phases and focused on the Population and Reproductive Health Programme (PRHP) and Department of Community Health at OAU and the Department of Community Medicine at ABU. The findings show that the two universities have achieved significant progress toward institutionalizing both M&E training workshops and their own M&E academic programs.

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Future of Long-Acting and Permanent Methods of Contraception in Bangladesh

The Future of Long-Acting and Permanent Methods of Contraception in Bangladesh: A Policy BriefThe Future of Long-Acting and Permanent Methods of Contraception in Bangladesh: A Policy Brief

This policy brief gives a systematic review of the trend of demand for and use of long-acting and permanent methods (LAPM), such as IUDs, implants, and female or male sterilizations, and programmatic and socio-cultural factors associated with the low use of LAPM, and combines the findings from the evaluation of the Mayer Hashi project that provided interventions to increase the use of LAPM in 21 districts of Bangladesh during 2010-2013. Recommendations that will help family planning programs strategize and prioritize the future LAPM program actions in Bangladesh are provided.

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Seeing the World as a Network – Shannon Salentine

Shannon at Hamdallaye, Niger, in October 1998.

Shannon at Hamdallaye, Niger, in October 1998.

Shannon Salentine demonstrates well the networks of relationships in our project. Shannon is the team leader for ICF and is based in Chapel Hill. As a graduate student at Tulane in 2001, she worked on the Project with Gaby Escudero, who is now with UNC, living in Geneva. After graduating, she worked with IntraHealth. Then in 2005-2007 Shannon returned to MEASURE Evaluation, working with Futures Group on data demand and use. She worked once again for IntraHealth, then moved with her husband, Brandon, to the ICF Nairobi office to work with the National AIDS Control Council under the APHIA II project. There she worked with Edward Kunyanga, the Chief of Party for the MEASURE Evaluation Kenya Associate Award (PIMA), and Sam Wambugu, presently joining the Project as Senior Technical Specialist for Informatics, based in Chapel Hill. In 2011, Shannon returned to the US and MEASURE Evaluation, this time as support to the Project M&E team – especially Christina Bernadotte – and backstop to the Kenya activities.

Shannon at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her son in August 2014.

Shannon at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her son in August 2014.

Shannon studied comparative politics and journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. One of her first international experiences was during her undergraduate years when she did volunteer work in Prague with special needs children. Her first career-type job was as Director for Community Health Education at a local chapter of the American Red Cross in Wisconsin.

Shannon and Brandon have two children: a 4 year old daughter, Sienna Bea, and a 2 year old son, Kade. The four of them love to spend time outside (see second photo, in the mountains) and enjoy “kindie” rock. Here’s an example:  “Don’t make fun of the Goobler.” I dare you to listen to the song and keep it out of your head for the next hour.

Jim

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