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.

Excel tips for run charts: Annotating run charts using data labels and labeling the secondary y-axis

The first document below explains how to use Excel’s data labels function to annotate run charts.Using data labels instead of call-out boxes is helpful when using dynamic run charts that adjust the time scale of the chart as new data is...

Norms for Presentation of Time Series Charts

The document provides guidance on basic standards for labeling of time series charts to ensure that those examining the results have enough information to be able to accurately interpret the graphs. The document was prepared to guide staff...

Guidance for Analyzing Quality Improvement Data Using Time Series Charts

This short paper provides guidance on how to analyze and interpret time series charts. It describes the essential features of properly drawn and annotated time series charts, including calculation of the median when you have a minimum of...

Measuring Improvement

Measurement is critical for improvement. Measurement is the only way to know if a change has led to improvement. Improvement teams should review data frequently, using time series charts or advanced run charts, to determine progress...

Exploring the relationship between engagement, performance, and retention of health workers delivering HIV/AIDS services in Tanzania

This study seeks to develop a validated tool to measure health workers’ engagement with their work, and to examine the relationships between health worker engagement, performance, and retention. It builds on the Health Care Improvement (...

Improving CHW Program Functionality, Performance, and Engagement: Operations Research Results from Zambia

The United Nations Millennium Project identified the large-scale training and deployment of community health workers (CHWs) as an important strategy to fill the human resources gap and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)...

Implementation of Standards of Service Delivery for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya: A Prospective Evaluation of Performance, Costs, and Equity

Due to an increase in the number of children affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya, efforts to provide services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) have expanded quickly in recent years, with a focus on high coverage and outputs but...

Cost-effectiveness of Improving Services to People with HIV in Nicaragua

This pre/post intervention study evaluated the effectiveness and efficiency of an intervention to improve HIV services in seven hospital outpatient departments and two health centers in Nicaragua. The intervention included organizational...

Comparison of Coaching Strategies for Improvement Collaboratives in Ugandan HIV/AIDS Health Centers

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Uganda, in partnership with the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI), implemented a centrally organized improvement collaborative in 2006 to improve the health care of patients with HIV/AIDS. In 2008...

The Spread of ProCONE: A Case Study in Guatemala

Between March 2007 and September 2008, the USAID-funded Calidad en Salud Project, implemented by University Research Co. LLC (URC) carried out an initiative to improve the quality of essential obstetric and newborn care services (...

Pages