Monitoring and Evaluation


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The M&E Working Group develops tools and trainings to increase child survival and health program performance and quality through the standardization of use of data, analysis and reporting.


Todd Nitkin, Medical Teams International



  • Reviewed and edited a guide for the collection of Mortality Data: “The Mortality Assessment for Health Programs (MAP) System”, authored by Henry Perry, Bill Weiss, and Christopher  Purdy.
  • Created Excel Spreadsheets for the calculation of LQAS Results to:  automatically calculate Decision Rules and allows entry into a tabulation sheet, and create a 2nd sheet that can combine results from Supervision areas for traditional survey data of the entire project area.
  • KPC TOOL UPDATE: MCHIP/USAID engaged us in the process of performing a complete update of the KPC Survey tool which includes all of the modules. In 2012 we began the process of updating the KPC Modules, and will continue this lengthy but worthwhile process in FY 13.


  • Participated with the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Working Group to produce standardized newborn health indicators in the KPC survey
  • Developed a Health Contacts Module to quantify influence of group and behavior change methodologies
  • Assisted MSH in developing a M&E toolkit for a new resource website they’re developing for K4Health.


  • Worked on increasing knowledge of Equity Analysis measurement with the MCHIP Equity Technical Advisory Group; drafted the M&E portions of the guide:” Making a Conscious Effort to Incorporate Equity into Project Designs-Guide for Community-Oriented Projects”.
  • Joined the MCHIP TAG and participated in the CORE Group sessions developed to demonstrate and provide hands-on training in the use of the Lives Saved Tool (LiST).
  • Worked with the SBC WG to establish measuring criteria for use in their guidance regarding Community Capacity


The Parallel Sampling document provides guidance for using the Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) parallel sampling methodology for conducting multiple surveys at the same time from different sample groups using the same logistical system. The U.S. Agency for International Development's Rapid CORE Assessment Tool for Child Health (Rapid CATCH) establishes a set of indicators, several with different denominators, required of all grantees supported by the Child Survival and Health Grants Program. Rapid CATCH 2007 indicators are used to illustrate the parallel sampling methodology.The Q&A Guide provides some of the most common questions about the use of parallel sampling. questions.


  • Provided input into Rapid Assessment Health Facility Assessment (HFA) Assessment tool to Enhance Quality and Access at the Primary Health Care Level. The tool was a collaborative effort produced by USAID, the World Bank, the Child Survival and Technical Support Project (CSTS+), MEASURE Evaluation, and CORE Group and is designed specifically to aid managers to assess the quality and access to child health services at the primary level, namely first level facilities. 
  • Updated the standardized malaria indicators into the revised Knowledge, Practice and Coverage (KPC) survey tool. The KPC survey provides a rapid, easy-to-use means of assessing progress of child survival programs. The survey also fosters local participation by engaging community members in identifying health priorities and in monitoring community health status.
  • Sponsored an Elluminate session entitled CSHGP Lives Saved Analysis: Estimating Child Survival Impact from Project Outcome Data. The session, hosted by Jim Ricca, MD, MPH of the Child Survival and Technical Support Project (CSTS+), provided an overview of the Child Survival and Health Grants Program Lives Saved calculator. The calculator is heavily based on the calculation sheets used by the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group or CHERG (also known as "the Bellagio Group") for the series in the Lancet in 2003 on Child Survival and in 2005 on Neonatal Health. The present calculator was developed by CSTS+ in collaboration with Saul Morris of the CHERG so that it would be usable for NGO project data.

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