Since the inception of the original EVALUATION Project over 20 years ago, MEASURE Evaluation has been USAID’s flagship project for strengthening health programs and systems around the globe through quality program evaluation. MEASURE Evaluation supports the international development goal of maximizing program results through the systematic collection and analysis of information and evidence about health program performance and impact. Evaluation findings provide accountability to stakeholders and donors, and inform decisions—supporting organizational learning, strengthening health systems, and improving program effectiveness so that people live healthier lives.
MEASURE Evaluation has experience conducting a wide range of rigorous evaluations, including impact evaluations. The project also conducts methodological studies, process evaluations, pilot tests/proof of concept studies, and population-based surveys and surveillance. To help build the cadre of local professionals to conduct rigorous evaluations, MEASURE Evaluation includes mentoring and training along with evaluation implementation.
MEASURE Evaluation also contributes knowledge of how specific interventions can strengthen health systems, such as the effects of improvements to routine health information systems on health outcomes; how investments in HIV affect other health systems; and what makes an effective integrated or multi-sectoral program or referral system.
MEASURE Evaluation’s work in this area includes:
- Expertise in a full range of evaluation procedures in all health fields
- Mentoring in rigorous evaluation methods, through evaluation activities with local counterparts
- Participation in a small grants programs to build research capacity in evaluation design
- Building partner capacity to become effective trainers of advanced evaluation methods
- Participation in impact evaluation trainings, workshops, and online trainings
- Teaching and ongoing mentoring in techniques of sampling and advanced data analysis
- Integrating gender considerations into program design and evaluations
- Costing and cost-effectiveness analysis
- Analyses and trainings in using geographic information systems for program evaluations
- Stakeholder information needs assessments and complementary activities to ensure that evaluations meet the needs of stakeholders and results are used in decision making
- Data archiving and making data publicly available
- Producing cause-specific mortality measures