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1 Analytical Training in the Context of M&E Capacity Building Siân Curtis and Gustavo Angeles July 10-11, 2007

2 MEASURE Evaluations Training and CB Program Components: I.Training program II.Partnership with five universities and training centers for building M&E training and TA capacity (and implementation of component I) III.Learning materials IV.CB through technical assistance

3 Partnership with Universities and Training Institutions U. Pretoria/ South Africa Mahidol U./ Thailand CESAG/ Senegal Mexico/ INSP Addis Ababa U./ Ethiopia

4 MEASURE Evaluations Training Portfolio Regional Workshops on: -M&E of PHN programs -Program impact evaluation -M&E of HIV/AIDS programs -Special: TB, RHIS Country workshops: -Use of household survey data and presentation of results to policy makers – Ecuador (with CDC) -Other country M&E workshops (e.g. Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa) Masters Programs: -M&E tracks in MPH (18 months) and MHSc (2 yrs), INSP/Mexico -M&E track in MPH (18 months), SPH at Univ. of Pretoria/South Africa -M&E concentration in Master in Population and RH Research, Mahidol Univ./Thailand

5 Workshops and Masters programs (Since 1998) Regional Short-term Workshops: Number ofNumber ofNumber of Number Funded WorkshopsApplicantsParticipants by MEASURE Evaluation M&E of PHN 28 1, Impact Evaluation M&E of HIV/AIDS Total 43 2,330 1, Masters Programs: Number ofNumber ofNumber of Number Funded CohortsApplicantsStudents by MEASURE Evaluation Thailand South Africa Mexico Costa Rica* Total 21 1,

6 Workshop on M&E of PHN programs Duration:2 or 3 weeks Audience:mid-level professionals working in M&E Content: - Fundamentals of M&E: strategic information, frameworks, data systems and sources, indicators, evaluation designs, use of results - Designing M&E plans: hands-on preparation of an M&E plan - M&E of programmatic areas: FP, MCH, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, others - Calculation, interpretation and use of population-level PHN indicators (1 day) - Calculation of coverage indicators using service statistics (1 day) - SPSS/Stata for calculating indicators and basic descriptive analysis (1.5 days) - Other: EpiInfo, basic survey methodology, sampling Format: Lectures, exercises, case studies, group work during 2 weeks with final presentation of M&E plan.

7 Workshop on Program Impact Evaluation Duration:3 or 4 weeks Audience:mid-level professionals working in M&E Content: - Fundamentals of M&E: strategic information, frameworks, data systems and sources, indicators, evaluation designs, use of results, M&E plans - Concepts and estimation strategies for evaluating program impact: evaluation designs, experimental and observational methods, selection of estimation strategy based on type of available data - Hands-on practice using real household and facility survey data - Household survey content and sampling design (1 day) - Calculation, interpretation and use of population-level PHN indicators (1 day) - Stata for data management and analysis Format: Lectures, exercises, case studies, group work during 3 weeks with final presentation of estimating a program impact

8 Workshop on M&E of HIV/AIDS programs Duration:2 weeks Audience:mid-level professionals working in M&E Content: - Fundamentals of M&E: strategic information, frameworks, data systems and sources, indicators, evaluation designs, use of results - Designing M&E plans for HIV/AIDS programs: hands-on preparation of a M&E plan - M&E of HIV/AIDS programmatic sub-areas: prevention, care, support, amd treatment, PMTCT - Calculation, interpretation and use of indicators - Use of recently developed tools: systems strengthening, data quality assessment Format: Lectures, exercises, case studies, group work during 2 weeks with final presentation of M&E plan.

9 Workshop on Use of Household Survey Data and Presentation of Results Duration:2 weeks; in Ecuador (with CDC/DRH) Audience:Pairs (technical and boss) Content: -Use of information for decision making -Objectives, organization, content of HH survey -Selection of policy-relevant topic -Organization of data files and data management -Calculation and interpretation of indicators -Preparation of presentation to policy makers -Presentation at forum-type public meeting with stakeholders Format: Lectures, exercises, group work to prepare analysis and presentation at forum

10 Masters Programs Duration:12 months, 18 months, 2 years Audience:mid-level professionals Content (through courses): -Program M&E -Quantitative methods for evaluating program impact -Biostatistics, intermediate and advanced -Epidemiology -Research methodology -Survey design and sampling -Demography and RH -Health measurement -Statistical methods -Thesis on M&E topic, usually using HH survey data Format: Lectures, exercises, thesis work

11 What we have learned on training: - Analytical skills are not easy to transfer; it needs time and structured training activities - Need to define which skills will be transferred -Learning is done by doing: less lecture, more hands-on practice with real data; internships for data analysis -More complete in-depth formation through Master of Public Health programs (with thesis using real data) -Follow-up of participants: -Ongoing support -Opportunities to apply skills -Opportunities for more advanced training

12 What we have learned on building training capacity: -Training institution needs to be genuinely interested in strengthening its capacity in this area -Better if it already identified M&E or analytical capacity in health data as areas for institutional expansion -Engage leadership -Identify a Champion, with authority, to implement CB process -Identify a team of interested faculty; train, equip and support them -How to get all of above? -Provide financial incentives to institution, but it will be sustainable only if there is a market for analytical capacity (both in training of and its application) -Financial incentives need to reach the implementers -Key: Long-term support to institution Periodic replenishment of leader and implementers as people move on.

13 MEASURE Evaluation is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through Cooperative Agreement GPO-A and is implemented by the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina in partnership with Constella Futures International, John Snow, Inc., ORC Macro International, and Tulane University. Visit us online at


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