Global Health Mini-University
The 12th Annual Global Health Mini-University is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health in collaboration with the George Washington University Center for Global Health. The event will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 8:00am-4:30pm at the George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052.
The Mini-University is a day-long forum offering over 70 different sessions highlighting evidence-based best practices and state-of-the-art information from a variety of technical areas across the global health field. The forum is divided into hour-long blocks, each offering a variety of concurrent presentations from technical areas like HIV/AIDS, family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, health systems, and cross-cutting issues. In addition, there are exciting brown bag sessions offered during the lunch break.
MEASURE Evaluation at the Global Health Mini-University
M&E Systems for Evaluation: Where ‘M’ Meets ‘E' - Session 4, 2:00-3:00pm
Submitted by Heidi Reynolds | Co-presented by Sian Curtis and Beth Sutherland
There is increasing attention on M&E and the key system elements. Emphasis on country ownership means M&E systems will progressively meet local, as well as global, demands for data. Methodological and practical constraints to conducting rigorous impact evaluation are well known. Increasing attention is paid to plausibility designs and stepwise approaches to evaluation to mitigate these constraints. It is at this intersection of stronger M&E systems and a richer menu of evaluation methods where M&E data can be an important resource for evaluation purposes. This session will review three studies with different methodologies, how they integrated existing M&E data in to their evaluation designs, and the limitations and added value.
M&E of Community Programs vs. Community M&E: What Gives? - Session 3, 11:30-12:30am
Presented by Karen Foreit
More and more money is going into community programs, from family planning to child survival to HIV and AIDS. More money means more reporting, often imposing requirements developed for health facilities on services delivered at clients’ homes or on the street. Overlooked is the fact that what community workers need to know to serve their beneficiaries is not the same as what implementers need to report to account for the money they receive. Does it make sense for low-literacy, unpaid community volunteers to collect everything that implementers, ministries and donors want to report? This session will explore ways to ensure that front-line workers collect only the data they need and use what they collect, and that implementers get what they need for management and reporting.