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...

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...

Collaborative-level Excel Database (updated 2011)

These Excel databases have been designed to store indicator data from multiple facilities, pool indicator data from the facilities, and create run charts of the pooled indicator data. They will automatically update the time scale of run...

Team-level Excel Database (updated 2011)

A key component to both the site-level Documentation Journal and Synthesis form is the annotated graph showing the relationship between changes and results. Both the Documentation Journal and Synthesis forms include a hard copy template in...

Evaluation of the Latin American and Caribbean Maximizing Access and Quality Exchange

The evaluation was intended to inform the design of future exchanges by documenting the impact of the LAC MAQ Exchange on the spread of MAQ concepts and approaches in the participating countries. The specific objectives of the evaluation...

The Niger QAP / BASICS joint project: final evaluation

This document reports on the final evaluation of the joint Quality Assurance/Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (QAP/BASICS) project in Niger, West Africa. The evaluation took place in from October 25 to November 18, 1998...

Quality assurance of health care in developing countries. 2nd ed.

This document is the first report of the research component of the Quality Assurance Project (QAP), which helps developing countries design and implement effective strategies for improving the quality of health care. This report describes...

Scaling up and institutionalizing continuous quality improvement in the free maternity and child care program in Ecuador

The present document reports on an operations research study conducted by the Quality Assurance Project (QAP) to examine the process of institutionalizing a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process within the context of the reforms...

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