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, […]

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 […]

What can a study in Kenya tell us about the effect of deworming on school attendance?

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine recently published a re-analysis of an influential study estimating the impact of deworming drugs on educational outcomes. Their conclusions about what the study is able to show differed from that of the original authors, who published a response in the same journal. The LSHTM researchers […]

Re-analysis of data draws different conclusions from Kenya worms trial

James Hargreaves,  Director, Centre for Evaluation Today, LSHTM Centre for Evaluation Researchers release the findings of an important three year project. In research sponsored by 3ie (The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) we replicated Miguel & Kremer’s famous trial, conducted in Kenya in 1998-1999, which suggested that school-based deworming improved school attendance among both children […]