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Reading: Evaluation & Research for Health Care Programs

principles-eval-researchPrinciples of Evaluation and Research for Health Care Programs
Perrin, Karen M. Burlington: MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2014.

Perrin introduces the key approaches used to conduct health program research and evaluation. Chapters provide readers with the knowledge and skills needed to review published literature, collect primary data, analyze data using basic statistics, and present results in written or verbal form. Numerous activities, case studies and references are included.

A Bi-national Partnership against HIV: USAID Legacy in Mexico

A Bi-national Partnership against HIV: USAID Legacy in MexicoWhen the first AIDS case in Mexico was recorded in 1983, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was working with the Government of Mexico (GOM) to improve family planning and reproductive health services. HIV emerged as a global health threat that did not recognize borders. With strong ties between Mexico and the U.S. based on commerce, scientific exchange, and family relationships, it was in the interest of both governments to address the public health threat together. USAID assistance to improve the surveillance and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in Mexico began in 1987, and significantly larger HIV and AIDS programs began in 1997. In 1999, USAID also began to support a tuberculosis (TB) program, spear-heading successful TB/HIV co-infection activities.

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Secondary Analysis of Panama’s National Sexual and Reproductive Health Survey-2009

Fact sheets were developed by teams of Panamanian public health professionals who participated  in long-term capacity building process to promote secondary analysis of the National Sexual and Reproductive Health Survey-2009 (Encuesta Nacional de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva — ENASSER 2009). MEASURE Evaluation  provided in-person and long-distance technical assistance to teams of participants.

Sexual Minority Stigma and HIV Testing: MSM & Transgender Women in El Salvador

Evidence of the Negative Effect of Sexual Minority Stigma on HIV Testing Among MSM and Transgender Women in San Salvador, El Salvador

A cross sectional survey was administered to 670 men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TW) in San Salvador through respondent driven sampling to identify determinants of ever testing for HIV using a minority stress framework. A positive association was found between ever testing and older age [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) 2.10], past experience of sexual assault (aOR 2.92), perceiving that most social acquaintances had tested (aOR 1.81), and knowing a PLHIV (aOR 1.94). A negative association was found between homelessness and ever testing (aOR 0.43). Among the MSM sub-sample (n = 506), similar results were found for older age (aOR 2.63), and past experience of sexual assault (aOR 2.56). Internalized homonegativity was negatively associated with ever testing for HIV among MSM (aOR 0.46), and HIV testing stigma and experienced provider discrimination further strengthened this relationship. It is important to mitigate sexual minority stigma in order to increase HIV testing among MSM. Future research should explore this construct among TW.

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Strategic HIV Testing & Counseling Models: Eastern Caribbean

Strategic HIV Testing and Counseling Models for the Eastern CaribbeanStrategic HIV Testing and Counseling Models for the Eastern Caribbean

This paper presents a review of available grey and published literature to summarize the current situation in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States in relation to the HIV epidemic and testing services. The summary includes an assessment of World Health Organization recommendations as well as recent innovations in HIV testing and counseling service provision.

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New Gender M&E eLearning Course

Guest post by MEASURE Evaluation’s Abby Cannon, Gender Specialist, and Shelah Bloom, Senior Technical Advisor for Gender

We are pleased to announce the release of the newly published Gender M&E eLearning course, a MEASURE Evaluation-authored eLearning course hosted on USAID’s Global Health eLearning (GHeL) Center.

Integrating gender into monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is an important step towards understanding the effectiveness of these programs and health outcomes for women, girls, men and boys. This course is designed to help individuals strengthen their understanding of gender M&E as it applies to gender-focused programs and health programs that do not specifically address gender.

It introduces key concepts in gender M&E, including differences between sex-disaggregated and gender-sensitive indicators, and challenges in data collection and interpretation. Case studies and examples focus on two types of gender M&E: conducting M&E of gender-focused programs and integrating gender into the M&E of health programs.


This course has been developed for program managers of gender-focused programs, gender advisors, and individuals seeking to integrate gender into M&E efforts.

If you are new to M&E, we recommend that you take the M&E Fundamentals course for more information on basic M&E concepts and definitions.

Reading: Evaluation Fundamentals

evaluation-fundamentalsEvaluation Fundamentals: Insights into program effectiveness, quality, and value
Fink, Arlene G. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2014.

This text guides readers through the entire evaluation life cycle, from selecting questions and designing the evaluation to analyzing the data and reporting the results in written or oral form. Fink also examines such issues as conducting ethical research, choosing appropriate data sources, and using the Internet for communication and data collection. Examples of evaluation methods and reports, practice exercises, and suggestions for further reading are included.


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