The global health community is committed to ending preventable child and maternal deaths, achieving an AIDS-free generation, and protecting communities from infectious diseases. Building the evidence base to identify best practices in health and improve health outcomes will require investments in research, as well as use of data. Yet in developing countries, capacity to conduct needed public health research, from both a technical and financial point of view, is overstretched or lacking.
Small grants are one solution to promote research capacity. In line with USAID’s vision of sustainability and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) principles, small grants can support an effective country-led platform by giving local research groups in low- and middle-income countries needed support to investigate local issues.
Building on the experiences and lessons learned from the small grants program under the MEASURE Evaluation Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) Associate Award, MEASURE Evaluation is building local research and evaluation capacity and addressing knowledge gaps in health through its small grants program. It is currently funding 11 small grants as well as providing training and one-on-one technical assistance to the sub-grantee teams. Results from these studies – in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Haiti – will be disseminated directly to stakeholders so the research can inform and influence policies and programs.
Community-based HIV/AIDS research under the MEASURE Evaluation Tanzania Project:
Institute of Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam: To what extent are young people’s risky sexual behaviors influencing the HIV epidemic in Mbeya Region?
|Wambura & Jacque Company Ltd.: Factors influencing effective referrals to care and treatment services for HIV-infected clients identified during counselling and testing in Tanga Region|
|Jerusha (T) Limited: The influence of smartphones on the HIV/AIDS epidemic among secondary school students|
|Governance Links Tanzania: Quantitative analysis on women’s property and inheritance rights and HIV/AIDS in farming communities around Lake Victoria, North Western Tanzania|
|Development Studies Institute at Sokoine University of Agriculture: Influence of gender-related factors on access to and follow-through of HIV/AIDS treatment: A case study of Njombe Urban District|
Routine health information systems in family planning research under MEASURE Evaluation:
Afya Research Africa: Investigating levels of utilization of family planning services in the counties of Kenya
Matibabu Foundation: Investigating the integration of family planning data into national DHIS2 systems
|Association for Reproductive and Family Health: Assessing the budget process and use of routine health information to influence budgetary allocation for reproductive health and family planning services in two Nigerian states: a comparative study|
Supporting an impact evaluation under MEASURE Evaluation:
- Community Health Promotion Kenya: Workforce in reproductive health: An evaluation of the utilization of reproductive health clinical officers in Kenya
- International Health and Development Analysis Center: Evaluation of integrated community case management of childhood illnesses in Nigeria
|School of Medicine and Pharmacy, State University of Haiti: Implementation analysis of continuous quality improvement initiatives to improve quality of care for people living with HIV/AIDS in health institutions in Haiti|