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.

A Comparative Evaluation and Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Collaborative Improvement for Maternal and Newborn Care Services in Uganda

The USAID Health Care Improvement Project implemented a collaborative improvement intervention in Luwero and Masaka districts, Uganda, from November 2010 to November 2012. Its aim was to improve maternal and newborn health services...

An Evaluation and Cost-effectiveness Analysis of a Collaborative Improvement Intervention for Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia Care in Mali

The USAID Health Care Improvement (HCI) Project implemented a collaborative improvement intervention to improve the quality of essential obstetric and newborn care (EONC) services, including active management of the third stage of labor...

Frugal Improvement and Spread: Doing More with Less

Orlando, FL

USAID ASSIST Director Dr. M. Rashad Massoud and Research Director Dr. Edward Broughton joined with Dr. John Ovretveit of the Karolinska Institute to deliver this Learning Lab at the IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, held Dec. 7-10 in Orlando, Florida.

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY14

This annual report for the USAID ASSIST Project summarizes the project's accomplishments and results in FY14 supporting the application of modern improvement methods by host country providers and managers in USAID-assisted countries...

Market Research Needs Assessment: Understanding Health Care Improvement Information Needs of Key Stakeholders in the Uganda Health System

In an effort to support country-wide learning in improvement initiatives, the USAID ASSIST Project conducted an information needs assessment with government and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff working at the national and district...

Improving Health Care: The Results and Legacy of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project

This final report of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) summarizes the key accomplishments and learning of this seven-year global technical assistance project of the USAID Office of Health Systems. Implemented from 2007-2014,...

A la recherche des patients « perdus de vue » en Côte d’Ivoire

Astou Coly

Senior Improvement Advisor, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Les patients séropositifs qui ratent trois visites médicales successives sont désignés comme « perdus de vue » par leur centre de prise en charge. Cependant, souvent, le devenir de ses patients est inconnu.  Ces patients sont-ils décédés ? Reçoivent-ils des soins ailleurs ? Ou ont-ils tout simplement interrompu leur traitement?

Improving data visualization: Where do I put all those annotations?

Simon Hiltebeitel

Improvement Advisor, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

One of critical questions any improver hopes to be asked when presenting data is, “wow, those are really impressive results! How on earth did you achieve them?” The complete answer might be a long story, but often a few key parts of that story can be presented as time-series chart annotations.

Annotations are simply text that indicate a point on a time-series chart when a key event occurred. These key events help us understand the movement—up or down—in time-series data. Simple. What could possibly be complicated about that?

Facteurs Influençant la Sortie des Patients Vivant avec le VIH du Circuit de Traitement en Côte d'Ivoire

Le problème de perdus de vue est d'autant plus pertinent en Côte d'Ivoire que les taux de perdus de vue se présentent comme les plus élevés comparativement à ceux d'autres pays à faibles et moyens revenus. En outre, l'évaluation de base,...

Factors Associated with Loss to Follow-up Status among ART Patients in Cote d'Ivoire

To achieve significant and sustainable reductions in the number of antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients lost to follow-up (LTFU), cost-effective, high-impact interventions must be devised which address the underlying causes of LTFU...