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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.

Lively Discussions and Engaging Ideas at the LIDC and The Guardian Debate on Aid

On Thursday 27th October the first debate, organized by the London International Development Centre and The Guardian, of the Development Debate Series took place discussing the theme of aid and asking- are we getting aid right? Find out what happened here.

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); […]

Evaluations of Quality Improvement Interventions

There are a number of projects tackling the complex issue of quality improvement evaluations occurring concurrently at the School. What diverse approaches are these projects using for quality improvement evaluation? What are the commonalities? Where do the challenges lie? We decided to bring together some of the individuals involved in projects on quality improvement and […]

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, […]

A Call for Sustained and Improved Measurement

Video interview with Dr Tanya Marchant on a recent Lancet paper written on behalf of the Kirkland Group. Dr Marchant is a member of the Kirkland Group and explains the six principles the group put together as a call to action for improving measurment for maternal, newborn and child health. You can watch video HERE.