EVALUATE is a five-year project implemented by Management Systems International and designed to assist USAID to measure and improve effectiveness, transparency and optimal use of health resources. The project provides monitoring, evaluation and learning support to the entire USAID/Ghana health portfolio. The project conducts longitudinal studies, performance evaluations, survey research and statistical analysis. EVALUATE carried out portfolio-wide health system baseline, midline and endline surveys to evaluate progress over time at the sub-district and CHPs facility level in health systems strengthening, quality of care, quality improvement and community engagement. It also carried out operations research activities, including a nutritional supplement cost effectiveness study and an assessment of health indicators in the Savannas Accelerated Development Authority (SADA). The project also designs, plans and manages bi-annual health research dissemination symposia for Ghana Health Service (GHS) senior managers, regional and district health service directors; health research center researchers, academic researchers and development partners.
EVALUATE also provides technical assistance to USAID, its implementing partners (IP), local partners and the GHS to improve performance measurement systems for stronger results. The scope of this technical support includes establishing a M&E community of practice, arranging IP workshops, GIS mapping, and conducting data quality assessments.
EVALUATE provides a variety of support to strengthen local health research capacity, beginning with support to four health research institutions and later some four districts.. Our institutional capacity building activities focus on effectively communicating research findings, winning and managing research grants, developing an institutional strategic plan and strengthening the proposal writing and research implementation skills of a select group of junior researchers and DHMT research teams. Recently we have completed evaluations of Optimal Health Care Worker Training in Ghana, Nutrition and Poverty Reduction Initiatives in Northern Ghana, and Impact of Scale-up of Malaria Control Interventions on Under-Five Child Mortality in Ghana. EVALUATE is also supporting GHS in the roll out of the e-tracker tablet-based electronic client transaction data capture system in the Upper East, Volta, and Eastern Regions of Ghana.