How Can We Better Evaluate Complex Global Health Initiatives? Reflections From the January 2014 Institute of Medicine Workshop

If you are interested in improving the outcomes for large complex global health programs, you should read this article.

Abstract from the article:

A mother and child recover from malaria in a hospital in Burundi. The government provides free health care for pregnant women and children under five. Photo by: Photo: Maria Cerna/UNDP Photo Contest

A mother and child recover from malaria in a hospital in Burundi. The government provides free health care for pregnant women and children under five.
Photo by: Photo: Maria Cerna/UNDP Photo Contest

An IOM workshop on evaluation design drew on recent evaluations of 4 complex initiatives (PEPFAR;the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; the President s Malaria Initiative; and the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria). Key components for good evaluations: (1) a robust theory of change to understand how and why programs should work; (2) use of multiple analytic methods; and (3) triangulation of evidence to validate and deepen understanding of results well as synthesis of findings to identify lessons for scale-up or broader application.

An exerpt from the article:

The context for global health interventions and their evaluations has become more complex in the 21st century. Donor assistance for global health has increased dramatically in the last 15 years, and most of these resources are channeled through complex global health initiatives that target various health outcomes through a multitude of interventions, implemented by diverse partners in multiple countries and regions of the world. Rigorous evaluations are needed to assess the achievements of these initiatives and to justify and increase investments in them. Large-scale evaluations of complex global health initiatives are relatively new, and knowledge of how to improve such evaluations is needed.

To read the full article please go to:

How Can We Better Evaluate Complex Global Health Initiatives? Reflections From the January 2014 Institute of Medicine Workshop. Sangeeta Mookherji, Kate Meck

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About Sara J. Taylor

Social Worker, PHMasterStudent,UMB; JHSPH, Global Health Promotion;maternal, Child Health www.linkedin.com/in/sarajtaylorlmsw Twitter@SaraJAnnapolis
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