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.

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 (...

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...

Improving Pharmaceutical Service in the Primary Healthcare Sector Through the Training of Pharmacist Assistants

Problem: South Africa (SA) has 5.63 million people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), 0.4 – 0.59million estimated TB cases reported per annum (according to the SA National Strategic plan 2012) 1 and 800 HIV related deaths per day. In order to...

Applying an Improvement Process to a Difficult Long-Term Problem of Gas Cylinder Supply Yields Positive Results for the Masaka District, Uganda

Problem: The Masaka District Health Office is the government administrative office which oversees health service delivery in the Masaka District. In addition to management of other health programs, this District Office is responsible for...

IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEPATITIS PREVENTION AND CARE IN SINDH PAKISTAN

Problem: PROBLEM: National Picture Pakistan is a country of 170 million people where Viral Hepatitis has emerged as a significant public health problem. Various small research studies suggested that Viral Hepatitis in Pakistan has been on...

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