Distributing widely and freely our tools and approaches
Receiving Millions of Requests
MEASURE Evaluation has promoted better use of data worldwide by consistently sharing the latest M&E knowledge, as well as data, through a variety of communication outlets. Our website, which provides access to all MEASURE Evaluation products and our Evaluate blog, received more than four million successful requests last year alone, with the majority coming from developing countries. As of August 2013, 940 outside websites link to our site. Nearly 12,000 subscribers receive our e-newsletter, The Monitor, alerting them to M&E-related news and publications. Between July 2012 and July 2013, our staff produced 49 publications, varying from fact sheets, reports, working papers, and manuals, to articles in peer-reviewed journals. In that same time period, PDFs on our website received a total of more than 100,000 downloads. The PDFs offered instruction and insight on an array of topics; some of the most popular included M&E Fundamentals: A Self-Guided Minicourse; Improving Data Use in Decision Making: An Intervention to Strengthen Health Systems; and Violence Against Women and Girls: A Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators. And so other researchers continue to benefit from the data we have collected over the course of the project, MEASURE Evaluation uses the Odum Institute’s Dataverse Network to share our data while protecting the privacy of research subjects. This sharing and re-purposing of data gives future researchers around the world opportunities to make new discoveries without having to duplicate data collection efforts.
Sharing Expertise Worldwide
In collaboration with PAHO and WHO, MEASURE Evaluation launched The Latin America and Caribbean Network of Health Information Systems (RELACSIS), a network for Spanish-speaking professionals focused on strengthening health information systems in Latin America and the Caribbean; we have placed a special emphasis on encouraging RELACSIS members to share expertise with other regions to ensure sustainable and cost-effective improvement in monitoring and evaluation globally. Through RELACSIS, for example, an expert from Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health is working with the Public Health Foundation of India. Since launching in 2010, RELACIS has developed simple and easily replicable best practices for its member countries to implement. One best practice is to train producers and users of information on the awareness and importance of this information. In 2013, health sector professionals from Mexico, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Panama participated in a Paraguay-led training workshop on this topic with the intention of replicating the course in their home countries. Another best practice is creating virtual courses aimed at strengthening ICD-10 coding in member countries. A technical working group comprised of members from Mexico and Argentina has been working toward developing these courses. RELACSIS is forming a truly global network to provide expertise, in a cost-effective manner, wherever it is needed.
Creating Communities of Practice
We have furthered collaboration among public health and nutrition professionals by creating and managing a dozen online communities of practice, which give M&E practitioners, data users, and data producers around the globe opportunities to freely exchange their ideas, thoughts, and opinions on a regular basis. Each community of practice has its own specialized focus. For example, AIMEnet (the largest, with more than 2,000 members) exists as a platform for subscribers to give and seek advice on M&E of HIV/AIDS programs, while IHFAN caters to the exchange of information about strengthening the collection and use of health facility-based data worldwide. As of June 2013, the communities of practice as a whole had more than 7,900 subscribers. MEASURE Evaluation has taken additional steps to strengthen these communities of practice and to ensure that they facilitate robust communication beyond email. In addition to conducting regular webinars for professionals, we hosted the Community of Practice Summit in October 2012. The summit brought together representatives of 11 communities of practice to identify and solve common challenges and to exchange best practices.