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Complex Interventions? Insights through Process Evaluation

By: Queena Luu LSHTM MSc Public Health, Health Service Research, student Public health deals with a variety of interventions that interact not only with the healthcare system but the broader social, political, and economic contexts. Thus, large scale health interventions can be inherently complex with a range of components, outcomes, and stakeholders involved. Assessing the […]

Data II Action – Beginning of the road. Putting data to work means saving lives.

By: Yasmin Hussain Al-Haboubi LSHTM MSc Global Mental Health Student Population Service International (PSI) carries out their health interventions much like a fortune 500 company would go about their business. Whilst this may seem counterintuitive to the compassionate nature of health, it is an approach that works well. “Compassion without knowledge is ineffective”; Frederik Weisskopf’s […]

Reflections on DOING timely evaluations. Reflections on the Centre for Evaluation’ symposium on “Timely Evaluation for Programme Improvement”

By: Emilie Koum Besson LSHTM MSc Public Health, Health Economics, student On the 23rd of November, the LSHTM Centre for Evaluation held a symposium, which brought together academics and professionals from various disciplines and sectors for a day of discussion on “Timely Evaluation for Programme Improvement”. The first session of the day focused on why […]

Putting the ‘Time’ into Timely Evaluations. Reflections on the Centre for Evaluation’ symposium on “Timely Evaluation for Programme Improvement”

By: Sarah Woodhall LSHTM MSc Public Health student The theme of the day was timely evaluations. But what does it mean to be timely and what are the considerations for evaluators? One consideration for evaluators is how rapidly evaluation can be undertaken. Several speakers presented on methods and approaches for making it easier to undertake […]

Are we prepared for timely evaluations? Reflections on the Centre for Evaluation’ symposium on “Timely Evaluation for Programme Improvement”

By: Nisso Nurova LSHTM MSc Public Health student Evaluations of interventions and programmes are often retrospective and therefore used to provide groundwork for future interventions. This poses challenges due to the need for faster and more adaptive mechanisms to inform programme improvement  , and with that ‘timely evaluations’. The symposium sought to speak on this […]

IDEAS at 7: Taking Stock

By: Joanna Schellenberg and Tanya Marchant The IDEAS journey started back in 2010 when we launched our first activities to support the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation in their work to improve maternal and newborn health in Ethiopia, India and Nigeria. A team of 20 researchers and professional support staff from the London School of Hygiene […]

Reflections on Evaluation Design Workshop

The Centre for Evaluation supports evaluation grant proposals and the design and conduct of evaluation projects by organising workshops where researchers could present their work and receive feedback. Among many, the Centre held a protocol workshop for Prof Bayard Roberts to discuss best methods that could be employed to achieve the aims of the STRENGTHS project. […]

SYMPOSIUM | Timely Evaluation for Programme Improvement

Date: Thu 23 Nov 2017             Venue: Wellcome Trust The success of health interventions and programmes largely depends on how well they are implemented. Most evaluations are done retrospectively, providing learning ‘for next time’, which is important but misses key opportunities to improve interventions and programmes as they are being delivered. Programmes […]

Understanding Context: Reflections from the Centre for Evaluation Retreat

By: Jamie Lundine
LSHTM MSc Public Health Student

The LSHTM Centre for Evaluation retreat brought together approximately 95 students, faculty members, staff and researchers at the School for a day of discussion on current research and learning in evaluation for public health. The day highlighted two major themes: context and opportunistic evaluations.

Understanding Complexity: Reflections from the Centre for Evaluation Retreat

By: Myra Cheung
LSHTM MSc Public Health Student

For a long time, the main question when it comes to designing and implementing interventions has been “Does it work?”. There has been a continual pursuit for the “game changer” intervention that can be used in across communities, cities and countries: Lawrence Moore, our closing keynote speaker for the Centre for Evaluation Retreat, challenges this notion.