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Reflections on DOING timely evaluations

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

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 […]

Reflection on Protocol Review Workshops

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 […]

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 […]

Crowdsourcing as a tool for developing sexual health and other public health interventions

In 1906 at a county fair in England, individuals were asked to guess the weight of an ox. The median guess from this group was more accurate than guesses from agricultural experts and others with specialized knowledge. This suggests the potential for crowd wisdom in specific contexts. Crowdsourcing could be a useful way to enhance […]

Real-time Evaluation for Programme Improvement

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. We urgently need to adapt and develop new methods for evaluating implementation that […]

PSI recruiting for EA Associate Regional Marketing Researcher

Our partner, PSI, is recruiting for a research position based in East Africa or Washington DC. Please see the following job description below if this position interests you:   Associate Regional Marketing Researcher Based in Nairobi, Kenya or Washington, DC Reports to the Regional Researcher, East Africa   Who we are We’re Population Services International […]

Taking lessons from HIV/AIDS: Do we really need more evidence for cash transfers in the TB context?

A number of social protection interventions, mainly in the form of cash transfers, have been implemented and evaluated over the last decade as part of the global HIV/AIDS response. Given the advanced state of the evidence and the documented impact of these interventions in the HIV/AIDS community, some might support their application to inform equivalent […]