Research and Evaluation

The USAID ASSIST Project supports country-led research and synthesizes learning across country programs on topics such as the validity of improvement-related data, sustainability and institutionalization, scale-up, and cost-effectiveness of improvement activities. The ASSIST Research and Evaluation unit provides technical support to these efforts and works to disseminate knowledge from these studies to encourage wider adoption of improvement methods.

 

Chart of the Week

Simon Hiltebeitel

Improvement Advisor, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Using overlapping bar charts to present actual vs target data

Why it is Important to Sex-Disaggregate Data in Quality Improvement

The USAID ASSIST Project integrates gender considerations in quality improvement in order to improve outcomes for all — women and men, girls and boys. This video explains a critical part of gender integration in detail: collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data.

Evaluating Complex Health Interventions: A Guide to Rigorous Research Designs

“Evaluating Complex Health Interventions: A Guide to Rigorous Research Designs” was co-authored by researchers from ASSIST and IHI, and published by AcademyHealth. This guide provides a framework to guide decision-making around appropriate designs to evaluate public health, and other service interventions, including quality improvement.

Research and Evaluation Report FY16

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, through its research and evaluation (R&E) component, provides technical assistance and guidance on country-led research and synthesizes learning across country- and centrally funded projects on several improvement topics, including the validity of improvement indicator data, sustainability and institutionalization, spread, and economic analysis.

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.

Data truth and truthiness

Edward Broughton

Director-Research and Evaluation, USAID ASSIST/URC

It is to Edward Deming we attribute the quote, “In God we trust; all others bring data.” Let’s leave aside for the moment my question of why God gets a free pass on the data requirement and speak to the all others bringing data part.

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