In case you missed them: 2017 ASSIST resources that made an impact
In 2017 the USAID ASSIST Project, implemented by URC, completed its fifth year of quality improvement work. We worked in 33 countries, alongside 159 governments and implementing partners, convening over 4,000 improvement teams, and reaching a catchment population of over 112 million!
In addition to improvement work, our project captured key knowledge on how to apply improvement methods in low- and middle-income countries. Our staff produced over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and hundreds of products describing project-supported work and results. These products include case studies, reports, guides and tools, as well as multimedia.
We're highlighting 10 of them:
1. VMMC CQI and EQA Toolkit
The VMMC Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and External Quality Assessment (EQA) Toolkit was developed to help voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) service providers, site managers, implementing partners, and program leaders to understand CQI and EQA methods and how they can be applied to improve VMMC service quality, efficiency, and outcomes. The online toolkit, housed on the USAID ASSIST Project website, contains a variety of resources related to improving VMMC quality.
2. Tips and Tools for Learning Improvement
The Tips and Tools for Learning Improvement is a set of competency-based materials developed by the USAID ASSIST Project to support targeted skill-building in key improvement competencies among healthcare providers, healthcare managers, Ministry of Health counterparts, and public health professionals who are new to improvement. With these tools, you can learn how to set an aim, select members for an effective quality improvement team, use tools like flowcharts to identify problems, measure improvement, and other essential skills.
3. Saving Mothers Giving Life: A Northern Uganda Photo Story
The Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) project was a five year (2012- 2017) private-public partnership (PPP) aimed at rapidly reducing maternal and newborn mortality in selected districts of Uganda, Zambia, and Nigeria. This photo book highlights achievements under SMGL.
4. Improving Health Care eLearning Course
This interactive virtual course provides the same curriculum used to orient USAID ASSIST Project headquarters staff and Chiefs of Party to improvement. The course is structured to give a broad overview of the science of improvement, going over key principles and methods necessary to understand how improvement projects can be implemented in any setting to make health care better.
5. Counseling guide: Preconception, prenatal, and postpartum counseling in the context of the Zika epidemic
This English version of the Zika counseling guide (vea la version en español) was revised from the original guide published in Spanish in October 2016 to include updated Zika guidance and feedback from USAID and implementing partners involved in the Zika response. Based on national and international counseling norms, the guide has been designed to help healthcare practitioners who provide care to women of reproductive age in the regions affected by the Zika virus.
6. VIDEO: Six-Step Approach
The USAID ASSIST Project integrates gender considerations in quality improvement in order to improve outcomes for all - women and men, girls and boys. ASSIST partner WI-HER, LLC developed an innovative and effective six-step approach to help teams integrate gender in order to identify and close gender-related gaps in improvement activities. This video series, available in English, Spanish, and French explains each of the six steps and provides real-life examples.
7. Point of Care Quality Improvement (POCQI): Improving the Quality of Care for Mothers and Newborns in Health Facilities
This manual, now also a virtual workbook uses focused learning objectives, case studies, games and other activities to build the knowledge and skills of frontline health workers to apply quality improvement approaches to solve problems and reliably deliver better care for mothers and newborns around the time of birth.
8. A Guide to Integrating Gender in Improvement
This guide incorporates the USAID ASSIST Project's learning and experience with gender integration in improvement over the last five years. It explains gender and gender integration, details how to integrate gender in improvement activities, encourages additional areas for consideration, provides resources that improvement teams can use to integrate gender, and lists many resources from which you can learn more.
9. Integration of Improvement in Pre-service Health Worker Training Curriculum: Lessons Learned
This short report discusses the efforts and challenges faced while providing technical assistance to develop a quality improvement module for pre-service healthcare training and provides lessons learned and recommendations for others wishing to integrate quality improvement training into pre-service curricula.
10. Evaluating Complex Health Interventions: A Guide to Rigorous Research Designs
This guide, co-authored by researchers from ASSIST and IHI, and published by AcademyHealth provides a framework to guide decision-making around appropriate designs to evaluate public health, and other service interventions, including quality improvement.