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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.

The changing nature of interventions, programmes, systems and policies that require evaluation

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 […]

Inter-disciplinarity – the new norm for public health

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 […]

Designing and implementing evaluations of large-scale, multi-country interventions

In this blog, we explore issues affecting how evaluations of large, multi-country interventions are designed and implemented, reflecting on an important meeting discussing evaluations of novel and ambitious initiatives to achieve broad aims in Global Health which some LSHTM Centre for Evaluation staff attended. Few people question that evaluation is important, but evaluations may have […]

Monitoring and evaluation: an insider’s guide to the skills you’ll need

In international development, everyone knows that good intentions are simply not enough. It is critical to agree on appropriate aims and then make sure that these can be achieved efficiently. There are several different ways to achieve development goals. Take malaria, for example: approaches might include investing in vector control (reducing numbers of malaria-carrying mosquitoes); […]

A reflection on the workshop ‘Towards comprehensive evaluation for health and development: promoting the integration of evaluation methods.’

The British Council Research Links programme and the EC SDH-net consortium hosted a workshop entitled ‘Towards comprehensive evaluation for health and development: promoting the integration of evaluation methods.’ In our latest blog, one participant reflects on a panel debate on the differences between economists and epidemiologists in their approach to evaluation.  By Olga Biosca The […]

Workshop reflections – balances and trade-offs in evaluation of diverse portfolios.

The LSHTM Centre for Evaluation recently ran a workshop for three teams to present their respective plans for evaluation of large, diverse intervention portfolios. This was a terrific forum for collaborative learning in this complex emerging area for stakeholders involved in funding, implementing and evaluating a range of interventions across diverse settings. Three evaluation teams, […]

Why are Stepped Wedge Trials becoming so popular?

By Jennifer Thompson On 22nd September a half day event at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine launched a series of papers on Stepped Wedge Trials (here in referred to at SWTs) and brought together some of the researchers at the forefront of the development of these complex trials. I was lucky that the […]

The Centre for Evaluation – One year on

Though always part of its core business, perhaps at no other time since its founding in 1899 has evaluating public health interventions, programmes and policies been higher on the agenda of LSHTM and its staff, students and partners. That’s why the LSHTM “Centre for Evaluation” was launched, nearly one year ago. The contemporary challenges and […]