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 Quality Improvement Approach Assists Health Systems to Develop Problem Solving Skills Focused on Routine Immunization: The ARISE-SI Project, Masaka, Uganda

Problem: African regions with relatively high (80%) routine iimmunization (RI) rates often have difficulties in sustaining these rates and reaching the WHO-recommended 90% rate or higher for herd immunity. It is especially difficult for...

Task Shifting in HIV/AIDS Service Delivery: An Exploratory Study of Expert Patients in Uganda

Uganda has both limited resources and an increased demand for health services due to the chronic care required to maintain antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA). Over the past several years in Uganda, many health...

Health facility factors associated with improvements in the quality of HIV/AIDS care at health facilities in Uganda

Several factors are associated with HIV patient enrollment, retention in ART care and treatment outcomes. These factors can broadly be categorized into patient and health facility factors. To improve the quality of HIV care services at...

Improving the Quality of Guatemala’s Public Health System: A View to Institutionalization

From 2008-2012, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project provided support to the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) to improve the quality of health services through improvement collaboratives and the...

Evaluation of a Collaborative Approach and of ISO Certification to Improve Quality of Maternal-Neonatal Health Care Services in Guatemala: A Comparative Cost Analysis | Guatemala

The USAID Health Care Improvement project (HCI) has supported two initiatives in Guatemala focused on improving the quality of health care. The ProCONE Maternal and Neonatal Health Care Improvement Collaborative was developed by the...

Analysis of Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Adding Collaborative Improvement to a Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Guatemala

Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs seek to improve health outcomes for the poor by providing incentives for specific target groups to seek care. However, if the quality of care provided at facilities where CCT program beneficiaries...

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...

Evaluation of the costs and benefits of the coverage collaborative in Ugandan HIV clinics

The purpose of the study is to measure the effectiveness of the improvement collaborative initiated in November 2009 in Ugandan HIV treatment clinics to increase the proportion of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who are under HIV...

Validity of Self Assessment Data | Uganda

This paper summarizes an assessment of the validity of data used by facilities participating in HCI-supported improvement collaboratives in Uganda. HCI provides technical assistance to 113 health facilities in Uganda to improve quality of...

Cost Effectiveness Analysis of the Data Management Collaborative in Uganda

The high burden of HIV/AIDS in Uganda is compounded by a substantial deficit in health care workers. To address the problem, the US Agency for International Development’s Health Care Improvement Project in partnership with the Ugandan...

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