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Workshop to Disseminate Findings and Facilitate Data Use: Impact Evaluation of Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine (STbCU) Project Workshop Report

Workshop to Disseminate Findings and Facilitate Data Use: Impact Evaluation of Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine (STbCU) Project Workshop ReportThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Ukraine is testing strategies to combat the problems posed by multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and HIV. One strategic mechanism was the Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine (STbCU) project. The project’s goal was to decrease the country’s tuberculosis (TB) burden and to improve the quality of TB services, including detection and treatment of TB, MDR-TB, and extensively drug-resistant TB. The project also aimed to provide prevention and treatment support to counter the rapid growth of TB and HIV coinfection

USAID Ukraine commissioned MEASURE Evaluation to conduct an impact evaluation of the STbCU project. This report focuses on a workshop conducted to disseminate the findings of the STbCU project impact evaluation and to facilitate their use. MEASURE Evaluation convened the workshop on March 14–16, 2018, in Kyiv, Ukraine. The report presents the content of each day of the workshop along with recommendations generated by participants. The report concludes with a brief description of next steps.

Strengthening Routine Health Information Systems through Electronic Management Systems in Bangladesh

Strengthening Routine Health Information Systems through Electronic Management Systems in BangladeshThe aims of the Electronic Management Information System(s) are large: nothing less than to change the way public sector community health workers (CHWs) do their jobs. CHWs provide outreach, information, and referral for health services in culturally and socially appropriate ways. They are a link between communities and health facilities and collect vital demographic and health service-related data on people living within their catchment areas. Prior to the initiative, these frontline healthworkers used paper-based forms and huge register books to gather data on health complaints of presenting clients, health services delivered, and medicines used. All those data were to inform policy making and resource allocations to improve health for the population.

This technical document gives an overview of the tools developed under the eMIS initiative.

Retaining Adolescent Girls and Young Women in HIV Prevention Programming: A Review of Girls’ Clubs and Savings Groups in Mozambique

Retaining Adolescent Girls and Young Women in HIV Prevention Programming: A Review of Girls' Clubs and Savings Groups in MozambiqueTo strengthen adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) programming in Mozambique and inform the design, implementation, and monitoring of PEPFAR girls’ clubs and savings groups globally, USAID asked MEASURE Evaluation to implement an activity with the following objectives:

1. Gather information from the literature and the two projects in Mozambique implementing girls’ clubs and savings groups for AGYW regarding the following:

    • The dosage (i.e., length of participation and number of sessions attended) to achieve intended program outcomes
    • Approaches used to promote consistent participation (or “retention”) in these groups, and methods used to measure retention

2. Summarize findings and provide data collection guidance (e.g., interview topics and suggested methods) for programs to use in improving retention in girls’ clubs and savings groups for AGYW.

This report presents a description of the girls’ clubs and savings groups implemented by Project Força à Comunidade e Às Crianças (FCC; Child and Community Strengthening) of World Education International (WEI) and World Vision’s Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming (SCIP) project. The report also synthesizes information obtained from the projects and the literature on dosage and approaches used to measure and promote consistent participation and retention.

Assessment of the Effectiveness of the MomConnect Helpdesk in Handling and Resolving Complaints

Assessment of the Effectiveness of the MomConnect Helpdesk in Handling and Resolving ComplaintsMomConnect is a national-scale ministerial mHealth initiative that employs cell phone technology to register pregnant women in South Africa and deliver to them stage-based maternal messages during pregnancy and after delivery. The effort aligns with the global health goal of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to prevent child and maternal deaths. USAID supported early implementation and rollout of the initiative through the MEASURE Evaluation-Strategic Information for South Africa (MEval-SIFSA) project.

MomConnect has a helpdesk feature that allows mothers to ask maternal and child health-related questions and to provide feedback on services they receive at antenatal care (ANC) clinics. The MomConnect helpdesk has responded to almost 250,000 messages since the initiative’s launch, in August 2014. According to quantitative analysis conducted on helpdesk messages received through March 2017, feedback on health services comprised about 4 percent of all helpdesk messages. Approximately 8,100 messages were compliments and 1,800 were complaints about services received at ANC clinics.

Compliments and complaints received through the helpdesk at the national office are forwarded to a MomConnect focal person at the relevant province or district department of health (DOH) office for follow-up action. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) were developed to outline steps for communicating and investigating complaints at national, provincial, district, and facility levels. The SOP document also includes requirements for documentation, monitoring, and reporting at each level to track the progress of complaints.

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Assessing Alternative Care for Children in Moldova

Assessing Alternative Care for Children in Moldova: Assessment Report (Volume 1)In 2017, the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) engaged the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation to build on and reinforce progress in advancing national efforts on behalf of children who lack adequate family-based care in Moldova. With the support of MEASURE Evaluation, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection (MOHLSP) conducted a participatory self-assessment of the national alternative care system. Specifically, the assessment measured Moldova’s status on implementation of the United Nations’ Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children. The purpose of the assessment workshop was to inform action planning to address priority needs identified in alternative care for children.

Volume 1 of the report provides an overview of the assessment tool and methods used for conducting the assessment and presents the key findings of the assessment, by alternative care areas and system components. It also includes a summary of recommendations. Volume 2 presents the assessment tool and responses, a glossary of key terms, detailed recommendations, and a list of references. It also presents the country core team (CCT) membership and the assessment workshop participants.

Both volumes are also available in Romanian.

Towards a Framework for Realising the Benefits of eHealth in South Africa

Towards a Framework for Realising the Benefits of eHealth in South AfricaThe South African national eHealth strategy (2012/2013–2016/2017) includes a strategic priority focused on realisation of benefits. The strategy states that “[s]pecific actions are required to ensure that eHealth implementations deliver on their promise and that anticipated benefits are realised for all stakeholders.”

The specific activity highlighted within this priority was the development of “…a benefits realisation plan which specifies health outcome benefits expected at local level for all eHealth interventions.” Although this was never completed, it would be an effective starting place to understand the benefits of eHealth. Once benefits have been shown clearly, generating business cases and obtaining appropriate funding and support for projects become easier.

This document summarises an eHealth benefits realisation framework toolkit, which consists of technical briefs and a set of examples.

MEASURE Evaluation PIMA – Final Project Report (2012–2017)

MEASURE Evaluation PIMA – Final Project Report (2012–2017)MEASURE Evaluation PIMA (MEval–PIMA) was a five-year project awarded in October 2012 by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) as prime with five partners: ICF; John Snow, Inc.; Management Sciences for Health; Palladium; and Tulane University. The project was an associate award of MEASURE Evaluation Phase III and was designed to “build sustainable M&E capacity for Kenyan health workers and officials to collect and use high-quality data that help inform evidence-based decisions that improve the effectiveness of the Kenyan health system.” The project received funding for malaria, population, and maternal and child health. However, funding from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID accounted for the majority received and spent.

MEval–PIMA contributed to the USAID mission in Kenya’s implementation framework (2010–2015) and its successor, the Country Development Cooperation Strategy, Objective 2: “health and human capacity improved.” It also aligned with the strategic mission of USAID in Kenya to strengthen health systems for the sustainable delivery of quality services.

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