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Power to the people?: a replication study of a community-based monitoring programme in Uganda

In this replication study, Katherine Donato and Adrian Garcia Mosqueira re-examine the results of an influential 2009 study, Power to the people: evidence from a randomized field experiment on community-based monitoring in Uganda by Martina Björkman and Jakob Svensson. The replication study reinforces community-based monitoring programmes as a promising intervention that may positively influence both provider behaviour and health facility utilisation.

10 things to know about development and the data revolution

Author: Emma Samman

Publication date: June 2015

The data revolution has the potential to lead to sharper, more targeted, better-monitored policies. It could even transform power relations between citizens, governments and businesses. Used well, data can help people reach a clearer picture of their lives – and use the evidence for progress. But people remain uncounted and big gaps in our knowledge remain. Explore development and the data revolution in these 10 infographics.

Global mental health policy influence toolkit

Mental health affects one in four people globally. Yet it does not receive due policy-influence. This toolkit aims to support researchers and project teams to maximise their policy-influence.

Creating an Analysis Plan

Author: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Publication date: 2013

The Creating an Analysis Plan training module is one of three modules that will provide you with the skills needed to analyze and interpret quantitative 1 noncommunicable disease (NCD) data. When you apply these quantitative analysis skills, you will turn data into information that can be used to make informed decisions on public health program and policy recommendations.

Aiming for Utility in ‘Systems-based Evaluation’: A Research-based Framework for Practitioners

Author: Grove, J.T.
Publication date: 2015

System dynamics modelling (SDM) was used and process researched as a case to investigate its utility as a systems-based evaluation (SBE) approach. A system dynamics (SD) model1 was developed to evaluate the potential requirements and implications on the health systems of the ambitious antiretroviral therapy scale-up strategy in Lusaka, Zambia.

Research on SDM for strategic evaluation provided insights and principles for future application of SBE.

IDS Bulletin: Introduction – Towards Systemic Approaches to Evaluation and Impact

Author: Befani, B., Ramalingam, B. & Stern, E.
Publication date: 2015

This IDS Bulletin focuses on exploring the potential of systems ideas and complexity concepts to meet the increasingly complex challenges of an increasingly ambitious development agenda.

Qualitative Research Methods: A data collector's field guide

Authors: Mack, N. et alii. (for Family Health International)
Publication date: 2005

This field guide is based on an approach to doing team-based, collaborative qualitative research that has repeatedly proven successful in research projects sponsored by Family Health International throughout the developing world. 

The Centre for Evaluation – One year on

Perhaps at no other time since its founding in 1899 has evaluating public health interventions, programmes and policies been higher on the agenda of the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and its staff, students and partners. That’s why the LSHTM “Centre for Evaluation” was launched, nearly one year ago.

Performing Data Collection using Mobile Devices

The Research Data Management Support Service organised a seminar on Mobile Data Collection. The seminar bought together experts from the Karonga Prevention Study, Tazama project and ORION project to share their experience of working with mobile devices in the field, highlighting the successes, failures, and challenges that they’ve encountered. 

The session built upon a Mobile Data Collection briefing paper produced by Dan Arthur of IT Services on the software tools available for use.

CLEAR M&E Roundtable Series # 6 - Systematic Reviews

CLEAR South Asia in collaboration with Community of Evaluators and 3ie organized the sixth event in a series of M&E roundtables, focusing on “Systematic Reviews”. The presentations and discussions focused on systematic reviews of evaluations in water supply and sanitation, education and farmer field schools. There was also a presentation on the Cochrane Public Health Satellite review.

Speakers: (Part I)