Monitoring & Evaluation


How to Create an Effective Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

In recent years, organizations and employees are being measured not on their stories, but on their numbers. When you introduce your organization, people will always ask you about your numbers – What’s your reach? What’s your impact? Meanwhile, funders and senior management are running after the concepts of big data – year-over-year increase in reach, impact measurements, geographic comparisons, and more. The MERL Tech conference is returning on October 3-4, 2016

“Beyond Africa”: A Glimpse into AidData’s Forthcoming Dataset on Chinese Financing in…

China’s economic growth depends on its ability to secure natural resources. Many are found in environmentally-sensitive areas, which are rich in biodiversity, vulnerable populations, and sources of freshwater – and Chinese development projects. China is using these projects as a way to secure access to the resources it needs. But,


Identification Of Four Unique Spending Patterns Among Older Adults In The Last Year Of Life…

The assumption that health care spending skyrockets at the end of life might suggest that policy makers should target the last few months of life to control costs.

Novel Three-Day, Community-Based, Nonpharmacological Group Intervention for Chronic…

by Stephanie J. C. Taylor, Dawn Carnes, Kate Homer, Brennan C. Kahan, Natalia Hounsome, Sandra Eldridge, Anne Spencer, Tamar Pincus, Anisur Rahman, Martin Underwood Background Chronic musculoskeletal pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. The effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for chronic pain is often limited, and there is growing concern about the adverse effects of these treatments, including opioid dependence.

Research Team Asks a Big Question about Community Health in Zambia

In fall 2015, the Primary Health Care for Communities (PHC2C) consortium conducted a formative assessment of community health in Zambia. I was fortunate to join the research team, led by IntraHealth International and the University of Zambia’s School of Medicine.Our respondents took us to new, sometimes surprising places. Even what we expected to be simple questions—“How long does it take for an ambulance to reach you?”—led to complicated answers. It depends, we learned, on factors like fuel, the time of sunset, elephants, rain levels, cell phone connectivity, and whether another health post in the same area had an urgent case as well.Qualitative research like this lets people speak for themselves.

Neonatal mortality and topical application of chlorhexidine on umbilical cord stump: a…

To examine the efficacy of topical chlorhexidine as an intervention on neonatal umbilical cord stumps and its association with neonatal mortality and omphalitis.

Risky and rushed public crack cocaine smoking: the potential for supervised inhalation…

Despite the multitude of public health and community harms associated with crack cocaine use, little is known about factors associated with smoking crack in public and related risks such as rushed public crack…

Issues of data collection and measurement

About five years ago, soon after we started this blog, I wrote a blog post titled “Economists have experiments figured out. What’s next? (Hint: It’s Measurement)” Soon after the post, I had folks from IPA email me saying we should experiment with some important measurement issues, making use of IPA’s network of studies around the world.

Preferences for New’ Treatments Diminish in the Face of Ambiguity

Summary New products usually offer advantages over existing products, but in health care, most new drugs are me-too’, comparable in effectiveness and side effects to existing drugs, but with a more ambiguous evidence base around adverse effects.

Ethical challenges in designing and conducting medicine quality surveys

Objectives To identify and discuss the main ethical challenges related to the conduct of surveys and make suggestions on how to address them.

Brief Report: Differential Associations of Interleukin 6 and Intestinal Fatty Acid-Binding…

Abstract: The significance of HIV-associated immune activation and microbial translocation in Sub-Saharan African population remains poorly defined.

Underweight, Markers of Cachexia, and Mortality in Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Prospective…

by Emily M. Bucholz, Hannah A Krumholz, Harlan M. Krumholz Background Underweight patients are at higher risk of death after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) than normal weight patients; however, it is unclear whether this relationship is explained by confounding due to cachexia or other factors associated with low body mass index (BMI). This study aimed to answer two questions: (1) does comprehensive risk adjustment for comorbid illness and frailty measures explain the higher mortality after AMI in underweight patients, and (2) is the relationship between underweight and mortality also observed in patients with AMI who are otherwise without significant chronic illness and are presumably free of cachexia? Methods and Findings We analyzed data from the Cooperative Cardiovascular Project, a cohort-based study of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for AMI between January 1994 and February 1996 with 17 y of follow-up and detailed clinical information to compare short- and long-term mortality in underweight and normal weight patients (n = 57,574).

Does the patient’s inherent rating tendency influence reported satisfaction scores and affect…

Objective To determine the impact of adjusting for rating tendency (RT) on patient satisfaction scores in a large teaching hospital and to assess the impact of adjustment on the ranking of divisions.

The empowering potential of evaluation practices

Michela Magni calls for a change in the monitoring and evaluation system, to allow organisations more time & space to conduct comprehensive evaluations. The post The empowering potential of evaluation practices appeared first on WhyDev.

Mapping and evaluation of physical activity interventions for school-aged children

A high degree of de-regulation, organisational fragmentation and funding cuts throughout UK schools in recent years has obscured the definitive structure and effectiveness of physical activity (PA) provision offered to children.

Link African labs to industry, says Mauritian president

Hear Ameenah Gurib-Fakim explain how a PhD fund will build pan-African science expertise in critical sectors.

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