The objective of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is to improve the quality and outcomes of health care and other services by enabling host country providers and managers to apply the science of improvement. The project seeks to build the capacity of host country service delivery organizations in USAID-assisted countries to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, client-centeredness, safety, accessibility, and equity of the health and family services they provide. USAID ASSIST also seeks to institutionalize the capacity to improve through competency development at the pre- and in-service levels as well as engaging with host country governments at the policy level. 

The project team brings expertise in applying improvement methods to improve outcomes in maternal and newborn care, child health, nutrition, family planning and reproductive health, HIV, tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases, chronic care, programming for vulnerable children and families, health workforce development, and community-based health care.

Learning is a fundamental part of improvement. In addition to supporting the implementation of improvement strategies, the project seeks to generate new knowledge to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of applications of improvement science in low- and middle-income countries. The project’s research activities are answering specific questions related to the scale-up and sustainability of results, helping to build the body of evidence of what works and what does not in terms of improvement methods. The project is also testing and evaluating ways to improve the rigor of data and the cost-effectiveness of interventions.

Knowledge management activities are built into each USAID ASSIST country program to effectively and efficiently capture and disseminate learning about what improves outcomes. As a global project, USAID ASSIST’s learning agenda also seeks to contribute to U.S. Government global initiatives and inform the larger field of health care improvement.

More information on current USAID ASSIST activities may be found in Country Descriptions or downloaded at right.