MEASURE Evaluation Blogs

Guide gives direction to the last 90

Guide gives direction to the last 90

By Sharon Weir, PhD. Read a Science Speaks blog introducing a new tool to help better estimate how many people treated have achieved viral suppression.

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Geospatial Prescriptions for Health Services

Geospatial Prescriptions for Health Services

By Taurai Bwerinofa and Sarie Podges. Geography—more powerful than you might have guessed.

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What is data use anyway?

What is data use anyway?

By Michelle Li. A Science Speaks blog post discusses data use challenges and introduces a new resource providing guidance on how to measure data use in decision making.

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Collection supporting HIV data gathering provides support for front lines

Collection supporting HIV data gathering provides support for front lines

By Jackie Hellen, MPH. With community workers and program managers in mind, MEASURE Evaluation worked to develop an online collection of Community-Based Indicators for HIV Programs.

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Digital health information systems are maturing to reflect realities on the ground

Digital health information systems are maturing to reflect realities on the ground

By Christina Villella, MPH. A Science Speaks blog post discusses how digital health information systems are maturing, shares related resources, and identifies areas for future focus.

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Software helps prevent mother to child HIV transmission

Software helps prevent mother to child HIV transmission

By Cristina de la Torre, DSc, MPH. Post on using new DHIS 2 software that tracks individuals and events longitudinally to help monitor referrals and linkages across health services.

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Analysis highlights hurdles between pregnant women with HIV and treatment

Analysis highlights hurdles between pregnant women with HIV and treatment

By Jennifer Yourkavitch, MPH, PhD. Research examines interactions among poverty, gender, and health systems that affect women’s participation in services to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child with a causal loop analysis.

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Health information system strengthening supports DRC government Ebola response

Health information system strengthening supports DRC government Ebola response

By Olivier Kakesa, MPH. Read about work in the Democratic Republic of Congo to strengthen the country's health information system.

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Revamped Family Planning/Reproductive Health Indicators Database

Revamped Family Planning/Reproductive Health Indicators Database

By Bridgit Adamou, MPH. MEASURE Evaluation recently updated the Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH) Indicators Database.

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In taking the One Health approach, is Senegal showing the way?

In taking the One Health approach, is Senegal showing the way?

By Scott Moreland, PhD. The “One Health” approach—which considers animal, human, and environmental health as a unit—has gained momentum in response to the emergence of new infectious diseases at the human-animal-ecosystem interface.

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Getting gender into your science means more than “add women and stir”

Getting gender into your science means more than “add women and stir”

By Jessica Fehringer, PhD. Gender integration includes consideration of the gender constraints that shape health-seeking behavior and health outcomes for men and women.

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Computing Power Can Get You Out of Some Tight Sampling Spots

Computing Power Can Get You Out of Some Tight Sampling Spots

By Peter Lance, PhD. At MEASURE Evaluation, we strive to be a technical leader—and that includes harnessing the raw computing power at our fingertips to advance the global public health learning agenda.

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Health information systems for program evaluation: How to connect the dots?

Health information systems for program evaluation: How to connect the dots?

By Manish Kumar, MPH, MS, and Heidi W. Reynolds, PhD. Program evaluation and health information systems (HIS) are interconnected. It therefore is wise that those setting up HIS and people charged with conducting evaluations of health programs should be in touch with one another.

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Keeping the balance in how we prevent HIV: Evaluating structural interventions

Keeping the balance in how we prevent HIV: Evaluating structural interventions

By Jim Thomas, PhD. Read a Science Speaks blog post from Jim Thomas. Choosing means to address the HIV pandemic is not an either/or choice, it is both/and.

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Evolving the Digital Health Landscape: Strengthening the Drivers of Digital Health Success

Evolving the Digital Health Landscape: Strengthening the Drivers of Digital Health Success

By Manish Kumar, MPH, MS. Digital innovations can improve health programs through improved capture, transmission, analysis, and use of health data. This post discusses sessions at the Global Digital Health Forum 2017 that touched on digital health drivers.

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How a Functional Health Information System Can Improve Program Evaluation

How a Functional Health Information System Can Improve Program Evaluation

By Heidi Reynolds, PhD, MPH. A functional health information system (HIS) can improve program evaluation in two ways: one, by producing data that can be used for evaluations, and two, by making those data easily accessible.

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Where Can You Make the World a Better Place?

Where Can You Make the World a Better Place?

By John Spencer, MA. Google assembled people who use spatial tools to do good. MEASURE Evaluation produced this video to show how these tools can help improve health services.

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Waves of Opportunity from Big Data, and the Wake of Questions Left Unanswered

Waves of Opportunity from Big Data, and the Wake of Questions Left Unanswered

By Brittany Iskarpatyoti, MPH. Big data was a key topic at the American Evaluation Association annual meeting, including the questions it raises.

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The Importance of Technical Assistance

The Importance of Technical Assistance

By Daijah Street. Writing a desk review to compare the work MEASURE Evaluation did in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia helped a student intern at MEASURE Evaluation understand the true importance of technical assistance.

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What we’re reading: Geospatial analysis of HIV

What we’re reading: Geospatial analysis of HIV

By John Spencer, MA. To help spread innovative techniques we’ve observed in the literature, we’re highlighting four articles representative of four approaches for geospatial analysis.

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Mass bed net distribution campaigns reduce health disparities across sub-Saharan Africa

Mass bed net distribution campaigns reduce health disparities across sub-Saharan Africa

By Courtney Chiaparas. In Asia and Africa, women and children are especially vulnerable to malaria. A study in Africa shows mass bed net campaigns are reducing health disparities across the region.

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Study finds fear drives pregnant women with HIV from prevention services

Study finds fear drives pregnant women with HIV from prevention services

By Valerie Flax, PhD, MPH. A study published in PLOS One investigated why HIV-positive pregnant women might drop out of a treatment program that would protect their infants and possibly save their lives.

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Health Information System Architecture: Harmonized and Interoperable

Health Information System Architecture: Harmonized and Interoperable

By Manish Kumar, MPH, MS. Research in Bihar, India suggests that a federated information system architecture could facilitate access within the health sector to good-quality data from multiple sources, enabling strategic and clinical decisions for better health.

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It’s Time for a New Question in Disease Outbreaks

It’s Time for a New Question in Disease Outbreaks

By Brittany Iskarpatyoti, MPH. A new brief explores the importance of gender in monitoring and evaluation and suggests indicators that can reveal and explain gender gaps in emerging infectious disease outcomes.

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The Power of Small Grants: Research that Opens Minds

The Power of Small Grants: Research that Opens Minds

By Bridgit Adamou, MPH. Small grants help strengthen capacity for health research in low-income countries.

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Tidy Data and How to Get It

Tidy Data and How to Get It

By John Spencer, MA. Untidy data can undermine even the strongest health information system and introduce a barrier to effective data use.

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End Malaria for All

End Malaria for All

By Brittany Iskarpatyoti, MPH. A blog post explains why a focus on gender equity in anti-malaria programming and policies is fundamental to controlling, eliminating, and eradicating the disease.

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Whither the Impact Evaluation?

Whither the Impact Evaluation?

By Heidi Reynolds, PhD, and Sian Curtis, PhD. It is not necessary to limit impact evaluations, but instead to make smarter decisions about when investing in them is the best way to yield valid, usable information about the value of investing in a program for a given target population.

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How to Help Community-Based mHealth Programs Collect High-Quality Data

How to Help Community-Based mHealth Programs Collect High-Quality Data

By Michelle Li, MS. How can we ensure that our community-based mHealth programs are collecting accurate, high-quality data that will help us deliver the right services to the right places at the right time?

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Planning the Future of Digital Health

Planning the Future of Digital Health

By Sam Wambugu, MPH, PMP. Sharing thoughts on the 2016 Global Digital Health Forum.

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Stemming the tide of HIV by addressing gender in Botswana

Stemming the tide of HIV by addressing gender in Botswana

By Shelah Bloom, Sc.D. USAID in Botswana and MEASURE Evaluation conducted a gender analysis to identify barriers and make recommendations to help curtail HIV.

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Project shows how to increase HIV treatment retention: Use the data you already have

Project shows how to increase HIV treatment retention: Use the data you already have

By Kate Klein, MPH; Catherine Barker, MPH; Michelle Li, MS; and Nena do Nascimento, MPP. Blog discusses how to use existing data to increase HIV treatment retention.

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Indicators to Measure Family Planning and HIV Integration

Indicators to Measure Family Planning and HIV Integration

By Mary Freyder, MPH. A new manual recommends that all USAID missions use additional indicators to track family planning (FP)/HIV service delivery and client-focused outcomes.

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Informing Investments in Health Information Systems

Informing Investments in Health Information Systems

By Heidi Reynolds, PhD. What interventions work to strengthen a country’s health information systems so they improve the functioning of the country’s overall health system and, at the same time, provide data that satisfy the need for donors to report on international goals?

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Mixed-Method Evaluations Lend Rigor to Design

Mixed-Method Evaluations Lend Rigor to Design

By Heidi Reynolds, PhD. A blog post from the 2016 American Evaluation Association (AEA) annual meeting discusses mixed-method evaluations.

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All About Gender

All About Gender

By Mahua Mandal, PhD, MPH. A blog from the 2016 American Evaluation Association (AEA) annual meeting recaps a session on Strengthening gender measures to improve the design of family planning and reproductive health program evaluations in low- and middle-Income countries.”

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Identifying as an Evaluator

Identifying as an Evaluator

By Bridgit Adamou, MPH. A blog post from the American Evaluation Association’s 2016 conference shares conference experiences, including thoughts on identifying as an evaluator.

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A Smarter Way to Build Health Information Systems?

A Smarter Way to Build Health Information Systems?

By Jim Thomas, PhD. As countries measure progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they should prioritize data needed to improve healthcare for people.

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Resilience: More than a quick fix

Resilience: More than a quick fix

By Jim Thomas, PhD. While our feet are still wet from the wave of sustainability, a new wave has come our way bearing the name of resilience. Prompted in part by the challenges that West African governments experienced in responding to Ebola, the development community wants to see systems that can withstand the next shock.

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Getting from ‘Wow’ to Sustainability

Getting from ‘Wow’ to Sustainability

By Jim Thomas, PhD. It’s an exciting prospect that disparate technologies could transform health information. But governments should know that there still will be specific questions they should ask before adopting any of them.

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Preventing HIV through treatment of neglected tropical diseases could save billions

Preventing HIV through treatment of neglected tropical diseases could save billions

By Paul Brodish, PhD. Among girls and women, genital schistosomiasis increases the likelihood of later infection with HIV.

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 Sounds like Digital Innovation

Sounds like Digital Innovation

By Kimberly Best. I’m a videographer no larger than the size of a carry-on bag.

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Using Technology to Boost Healthcare

Using Technology to Boost Healthcare

By Sam Wambugu, MPH, PMP. In developing countries and communities, information communication technologies have increasingly become the central cog in economic and social development.

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Women Deliver Conference Diary

Women Deliver Conference Diary

By Brittany Schriver, MPH, and Mahua Mandal, MPH, PhD. This series shares experiences, thoughts and session recaps from Women Deliver 2016.

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Building from One Emergency to the Next

Building from One Emergency to the Next

By Jim Thomas, PhD. Health information systems strengthening in response to Zika virus can build on the insights and priorities identified for Ebola.

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Ebola Diaries

Ebola Diaries

By Scott McKeown, PhD. In the wake of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, attention is focused on how to strengthen health systems in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone so that another such outbreak can be predicted and, perhaps, prevented. This blog shares information about life and work in Guinea.

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Asking the Right Questions Post-Ebola

Asking the Right Questions Post-Ebola

By Kathy Doherty. Three MEASURE Evaluation articles examine the Ebola outbreak and health systems in a larger context.

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The Time is Now for Improving Routine Institution-based Health Information Systems

The Time is Now for Improving Routine Institution-based Health Information Systems

By Theo Lippeveld, MD, MPH. Robust routine institution-based health information systems generate the relevant data that district managers and care providers need to make decisions that ultimately will lead to sustainable health outcomes in the communities they serve.

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Invest in the Future: Strengthen Malaria Programs with Gender Data

Invest in the Future: Strengthen Malaria Programs with Gender Data

By Abby Cannon, MPH, MSW. On World Malaria Day, MEASURE Evaluation encourages all to increase and improve gender-related data collection to assist in strategy and planning for effective malaria prevention and response.

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Tuberculosis Co-Infection with HIV Responds to Concurrent Treatment

Tuberculosis Co-Infection with HIV Responds to Concurrent Treatment

By Martha P. Skiles, MPH, PhD, and Stephanie Mullen, DrPH. In 2014, USAID funded MEASURE Evaluation to initiate an impact evaluation in Ukraine for two TB programmatic priorities.

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