Supporting Research to Improve the Evidence Base for Community Health and Social Services
MEASURE Evaluation Tanzania’s mandate is to work with local organizations to strengthen their capacity to contribute to and conduct high-quality research in order to build a strong community of research and evaluation professionals within the country. The project also works to improve health information systems and to support government workers in data analysis and data use.
MEASURE Evaluation Tanzania is partnering with both individual and institutional Tanzanian counterparts on all research activities, thus building local capacity. Improving the evidence base through different types of research provides a variety of capacity building support to the partner government and local institutions. All of our research reflects topics related to our work in HIV/AIDS, most vulnerable children (MVC), and malaria. The studies listed below are currently underway:
1. Community-focused research in HIV and MVC (funded by PEPFAR):
- Status of home-based care (HBC) clients. MEASURE Evaluation Tanzania is conducting a quantitative survey of people living with HIV (PLHIV) to assess the condition of active and inactive HBC clients and determine needs for and satisfaction with HBC services. A representative from the National AIDS Control Program (NACP) is a co-principal investigator on this study.
- A study on the impact of savings groups on the well-being of households caring for MVC, comparing community savings groups (CSG) households in intervention wards with households in nearby wards where CSGs have not yet been established.
- Small grants supporting researchers to develop their skills and conduct community research. Grants support HIV-related topics, including access to treatment, smartphone use for HIV prevention, and property rights for widows affected by HIV. Grantees include university researchers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
2. Operations research through malaria studies.
- MEASURE Evaluation Tanzania provides targeted operations research (OR) support for studies identified by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and Tanzania’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP). Current activities include a number of studies, all implemented in collaboration with a local institution, the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), with additional studies expected:
- An evaluation of the continuous distribution program for long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) in Zanzibar;
- An evaluation of a program to distribute insecticidal nets in schools;
- An evaluation of reactive case detection system for malaria in Zanzibar; and
- A study of the effect of holes on the protective capacities of insecticide-treated bed nets.
MEASURE Evaluation Tanzania helps M&E professionals to strengthen their M&E and research skills. We help to build skills through formal training sessions as well as through peer exchanges within a community of practice. This work supports the development of skills in research methods, scientific writing, and specialized research techniques, such as use of geographic information systems (GIS).