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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Influences on the public’s health come in all shapes and sizes. For example, LSHTM is evaluating the impact on public health of initiatives to reduce the price of artemesinin-based combination therapies for malariain several countries, and a universal-test-and-treatment intervention for HIV prevention delivered by community health workers in Zambia and South Africa. Common to these and many other […]
Interventions, programmes and policies that aim to improve public health, or have unintended or secondary consequences in this area, are often neither designed nor evaluated only by those from “within” public health. This poses challenges to those of us whose primary concern is evaluating key influences on public health outcomes. It forces us to step […]