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Monitoring & Evaluation for Public Health Programs

June 12-17 Italy

To properly understand a program we need to measure it well. We need to know what to measure, how to measure, how to interpret the measures, and how to convey the information we have gathered. This course introduces methods and tools necessary for monitoring and evaluating public health programs during routine public health activities as well as during large scale emergencies and public health crises. The course will use the case based teaching method developed by the Harvard Business School and examples from the Ebola outbreak, recent water crisis and other types of events to describe how evaluation methods can be used to inform public health decision making. The range of topics includes: evaluation planning, survey development and validation techniques, assessment of modern and rapid testing methods; an overview of various methodologies and designs for estimating coverage and changes for a region; methods for evaluating sub-regional performance (i.e. the health districts of a region); and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation approaches that allow for both local and regional assessment. Emphasis will be on the practical aspects of design, analysis and presentation, including how to evaluate and convey uncertainties associated with inferences made. Students will use a public health systems approach to the evaluation of the programs and discuss as a group the consequences of the decisions they make on the implementation and evaluation of specific public health programs.

Organisation Biostatepi

Country: United States