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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.

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); […]