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MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV

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SUMMARY

MEASURE Evaluation supported countries to strengthen their health information systems (HIS) and built the capacity to generate and use high-quality information for informed and evidence-based decisions that improved the health of their people. JSI, a partner on the project since 1997, led HIS strengthening and capacity-building activities in seven countries that focused on increasing demand for health information; developing tools; improving data collection practices and data analysis; and importantly, strengthening the use of information.

Health programs and interventions are less likely to be efficient or effective without the evidence that can inform decision-making. The availability of quality data to guide policies, program strategies, and financing is key and there is a need for countries in low-resource settings to be empowered to identify, collect, analyze, and use high quality information to improve health outcomes.

MEASURE EVALUATION
The project was driven by a vision that public health programs have reliable systems for making decisions based on sound data and evidence. The project took a four pillar approach to achieving its vision of accessible, quality health information being used for decision-making around the world:

  1. Strengthen collection, analysis and use of routine health data.
    The project supported governments in routine health information data selection, collection, and processing. To streamline and improve data collection, storage, and analysis, the project facilitated the use of technology to improve the links across technical areas and worked collaboratively to promote interoperability and standardization of routine health information systems. As a result of these system strengthening efforts, the team worked with local stakeholders to improve the analysis, synthesis, communication, and use of data for decision making.
  2. Improve country-level capacity to manage health information systems, resources and staff.
    MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV supported the integration and simplification of M&E systems across health areas at both national and lower levels of the health system. By building local capacity, the project strengthened national HIS strategic planning and governance. The team aimed to maximize the sustainability of the project’s impact over five years through enabling national and regional organizations to build capacity in HIS management and governance.
  3. Improve and apply methods, tools and approaches to address health information challenges and gaps.
    The project built on past investments and promoted local ownership of various tools to address challenges. As part of these efforts, the team worked to increase the availability of tools, methods, and approaches for emerging areas, underserved populations, and new technologies, and increase local use, analysis, communication and ownership of data.
  4. Increase capacity for rigorous evaluation.
    Building on more than 15 years of past experience in Phases I-III, MEASURE Phase IV built the capacity of local and regional organizations to conduct rigorous evaluations, through mentoring and collaboration approaches. These efforts increased the capacity of regional training partners to teach methods for rigorous evaluation and support efforts to incorporate courses on evaluation research methods into existing graduate programs in host country universities.

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