Strengthening local health systems is an implicit goal of many global health initiatives and programs, but ensuring this goal is achieved alongside competing priorities and deliverables can be incredibly challenging, particularly in resource-poor settings.
This GHDonline.org Expert Panel discussion, organized in collaboration with Partners In Health in conjunction with the Program Management Guide (http://www.pih.org/pmg), will address the ways that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) can be used to assess whether, and how well, programs are being implemented as planned and achieving their goals and objectives.
Our Expert Panelists will share their thoughts on how to integrate M&E into programs to support health systems strengthening and address the following questions:
1. How do we balance the need for evaluation (“Did it work?”) with the need for monitoring and using the data to improve programs in real-time to ensure the question, “How did it work?” is also addressed?
2. How do we define and measure successful and effective M&E in the context of programs focused on care delivery and health system strengthening?
3. What are the major pitfalls in collecting data for M and for E activities and how can we overcome them?
4. How can we build internal capacity and ownership for carrying out M&E activities?
Joining us as Expert Panelists for this discussion are:
* Dr. Pierre Barker, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
* Dr. Paulin Basinga, Lecturer at the National University of Rwanda School of Public Health
* Dr. Lisa Hirschhorn, Director for Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality at Partners In Health, Senior Clinical Advisor, JSI Research and Training, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
* Dr. Wesler Lambert, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for Zanmi Lasante
* Dr. Kenny Sherr, Director of Implementation Science for Health Alliance International and Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington
We look forward to your questions and comments to the discussion and hope you will share your experiences on these issues.
Please note that this Expert Panel discussion will start on April 2nd, any comments or questions added before then will be addressed by panelists after the discussion begins.