Measuring Improvement

Improving Care for Children Under Five and Pregnant Women Presenting with Fever in Malawi: Reference Sheet for Improvement Indicators

Since March 2018, the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project has collaborated with the USAID Organized Network of Services for Everyone (ONSE) Project and ONSE’s supported health facilities to help them...

VIDEO: Cost-effectiveness of an intervention to increase immunization coverage in Pakistan

This is a presentation of the results of a cost-effectiveness study to improve immunization uptake among children under 2 years of age and pregnant women in Sindh province in Pakistan. The study was commissioned by the health office at the...

Why Economic Analysis of Health System Improvement Interventions Matters

There is little evidence to direct health systems toward providing efficient interventions to address medical errors, defined as an unintended act of omission or commission or one not executed as intended that may or may not cause harm to...

Evaluation 2016: Evaluation of a Beneficiary Identification Tool

Atlanta, Georgia

Evaluation 2016, the American Evaluation Association's annual conference, will be held in Atlanta on October 24-29. Diana Chamrad of the ASSIST Project will be discussing her work evaluating a beneficiary identification tool in Uganda.

Malawi Children's Corners Situational Assessment

In Malawi, Children’s Corners provide supervision through after-school programming to children aged 6-18. These programs, supported by the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW), are convened in local...

Cost-effectiveness of implementing the chronic care model for HIV care in Uganda

"Cost-effectiveness of implementing the chronic care model for HIV care in Uganda", a new journal article by Edward Broughton, Martin Muhire, Esther Karamagi, Herbert Kisamba, was recently published in the International Journal for Quality...

Lessons Learned from Ghana's Project Fives Alive! A Practical Guide for Designing and Executing Large-Scale Improvement Initiatives

Project Fives Alive! is a partnership between the National Catholic Health Service of Ghana and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States. Based on seven years of implementation experience scaling up high-impact...

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Edward Broughton

Director, Research and Evaluation, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

In January, the Institute of Medicine’s “Committee to Support USAID’s Engagement in Health Systems Strengthening” convened an open meeting to discuss methods for improving health care in low- and middle-income countries supported by USAID. I was asked to address the issue of cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) in improvement.  My basic message was that it’s not easy but that’s no excuse not to try do CEAs as best we can.

Engaging frontline health providers in improving the quality of health care using facility-based improvement collaboratives in Afghanistan: case study

This case-study describes the work of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan to apply the collaborative improvement approach to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and...

How do we learn about improvement?

Danika Barry

Healthcare Improvement Fellow, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

M. Rashad Massoud

Director, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Commentary on the Quality & Performance Institute's Technical Meeting held on December 17, 2014. A full transcript is available here.

For our December Quality & Performance Institute Technical Meeting, we invited Dr. Frank Davidoff and other thought leaders in the field of improvement science to comment on the issues raised in Davidoff’s recent article, “Improvement interventions are social treatments, not pills.”