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.

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...

ASSIST Brown Bag: "Cost-effective vs. cost saving, what's the difference?!"

GHFP Annex, 2nd Floor in the Africa Conference Room (1201 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 200, NW, Washington, DC)
Online

Do you know the difference between a program that is cost-effective versus one that is cost saving? Do you know what makes a cost-effectiveness analysis good or otherwise? This one-hour session revealed the basic structure of economic analysis and how consumers of such studies can understand their results, assess their implications and judge their quality. 

During this session, Edward Broughton, Director of Research & Evaluation on the ASSIST Project, drew lessons learned from the USAID ASSIST Project.
 

Cost-Effectiveness of Improving Health Care to People with HIV in Nicaragua

A 2010 evaluation found generally poor outcomes among HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy in Nicaragua. Edward Brougton and team evaluated an intervention to improve HIV nursing services in hospital outpatient departments to improve...

Sex and gender: how data disaggregation is central to improvement

Elizabeth Romanoff Silva

USAID ASSIST Project/WI-HER

What is the best way to integrate gender effectively into an improvement program? Taking gender considerations into account in the program design, monitoring and evaluation aspects of a program is critical to integrating gender.

Gender Considerations in Monitoring and Evaluation

Why collect sex-disaggregated and gender-sensitive data? In many contexts, women, men, girls, and boys have different needs and face different social, economic, and cultural barriers that can affect their ability to access and benefit from...

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