Evaluation 2019: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

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Addressing Complexity in Health Program Evaluation with Intensive Qualitative Inquiry

Session Number: 2944
Track: Health Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Session Chair: Mary Freyder [M&E Director - Tulane University SPHTM]
Presenter 1: Jessica Fehringer [Associate Director - Data for Impact]
Presenter 2: Emily Weaver
Presenter 3: Mary Freyder [M&E Director - Tulane University SPHTM]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Emily A Bobrow [Senior Technical Advisor for Evaluation and Learning - MEASURE Evaluation ]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Katherine Maria Andrinopoulos [Associate Professor - Tulane University]
Presentation 3 Additional Author: Eve Namisango
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (02:15 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: CC 101 C

Abstract 1 Title: Process Tracing in Madagascar
Presentation Abstract 1:

Process tracing is a qualitative method used to understand questions related to the process and outcomes of health program implementation. Process tracing is useful when the aim is to describe the causal chain between the intervention activities and the program performance outcomes. The studies implemented by MEASURE Evaluation using this method aimed to document the health system strengthening process, the interventions implemented, and the efforts to monitor and assess their implementation.


Abstract 2 Title: Organizational Network Analysis in Botswana
Presentation Abstract 2:

An organizational network analysis uses data to document and map connections among organizations working to provide health related services. An organizational network analysis provides a comprehensive understanding of how organizations are (or are not) working together—either by sharing information and resources, or by referring clients for services. The study implemented by MEASURE Evaluation is using information collected to describe an adolescent girls and women referral network in Botswana.


Abstract 3 Title: Most Significant Change in Uganda
Presentation Abstract 3:

The most significant change (MSC) technique is a participatory qualitative method. MSC is used to engage program stakeholders in deciding the sorts of change to be recorded and in analyzing the data. MSC stories provide data on impact and outcomes that can be used to help assess the performance of the program as a whole. They study implemented by MEASURE Evaluation collected MSC stories to describe HIV policy advocacy outcomes for men who have sex with men, transgender women, and sex workers.


Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Drilling deep into addressing complexity in evaluation, this panel focuses on the qualitative components of mixed methods studies that aim to evaluate programs known to be complex, such as health information systems strengthening, referral systems, and policy advocacy programs. This session will draw on and share practical field experience using intensive qualitative inquiry and descriptive quantitative methods to identify interventions, define long causal chains, and document outcomes of system strengthening interventions. The panel will showcase the use of process tracing in a health information system strengthening program in Madagascar, organizational network analysis to map referral networks for adolescent girls and women in Botswana, and the most significant change technique to identify HIV policy advocacy outcomes for men who have sex with men, transgender women and sex workers in Uganda.



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