About Us

MEASURE Evaluation is a team of experienced organizations awarded a leader with associates cooperative agreement by the United States Agency for International Development.

The MEASURE Evaluation project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, had a mandate to strengthen health information systems (HIS) in low-resource settings. MEASURE Evaluation enabled countries to improve lives by strengthening their capacity to generate and use high-quality health information to make evidence-informed, strategic decisions at local, subregional, and national levels.

MEASURE Evaluation worked in this arena for more than 20 years. Our work built in-country capacity and accountability for moving toward the key global priorities to combat HIV/AIDS and prevent child and maternal deaths. 

History and Results

The project created tools and approaches for rigorous evaluations, developed the expertise of institutions and individuals to strengthen HIS, shared information, and expanded the evidence base so countries can make better decisions and sustain good health outcomes over time.


The project sought these results:

  • Strengthened collection, analysis, and use of routine health data
  • Improved country-level capacity to manage health information systems
  • Methods, tools, and approaches improved and applied to address health information challenges and gaps
  • Increased capacity for rigorous evaluation

To learn more, see the project’s brochure, the Health Information System Strengthening Resource Center, a video presentation by the project’s director, and an overview of the project in Spanish. You can also read about MEASURE Evaluation’s history and our Learning Agenda, which describes how we worked to achieve these results.

The Team

MEASURE Evaluation was led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), with a consortium comprising five health system expert organizations: ICF International, John Snow, Inc., Management Sciences for Health, Palladium, and Tulane University. Read about our team.

MEASURE Evaluation was UNC’s largest single research award and a major contributor to the university’s thought leadership on global health, health systems, health informatics, data quality and data visualization, rigorous evaluation of health programs, and systems thinking on global health. The project drew upon UNC’s considerable resources in centers, institutes, and departments to expand its capabilities and expertise. Read about UNC research resources.

The project also collaborated with a wide range of international and national institutions, including the Regenstrief Institute in the areas of biomedical informatics, the World Health Organization on guidance documents, and the Health Data Collaborative to improve health data and achieve health-related Sustainable Development Goals. MEASURE Evaluation also supported the scale-up and use of the University of Oslo’s DHIS 2 platform—a health information software widely used in low- and middle-income countries.

Mission and Values

MEASURE Evaluation provided its technical leadership to strengthen health systems for better outcomes through collaboration with multiple stakeholders. Read here about our values and systems thinking.

Associate Awards

MEASURE Evaluation was a "leader with associates" cooperative agreement. The "leader" is the initial award to the consortium and the "associates" are additional awards made by USAID missions and bureaus for work in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.


MEASURE Evaluation was committed to helping USAID missions deliver results for their partners and those they serve. Read more about project capabilities, expertise, and services in evaluation, gender, health informatics, geographic information systems, and other aspects of HIS strengthening.