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The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).

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Measure Health Impact of Gender Integration and Policy Strengthening in Scale-Up

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Evaluating the impact of health programs is essential in developing best practices to inform future efforts to improve health systems. Under the Gender, Policy, and Measurement (GPM) program, MEASURE Evaluation will design impact evaluations of activities designed by HPP. Impact evaluation uses research methods and statistical analyses that measure change in population based outcomes that can be attributed to an intervention while ruling out other possible factors. ME will design rigorous evaluations of GPM program activities, demonstrating the relationship between project inputs and health outcomes, with a particular focus on how the gender integration and policy implementation in the program contributes to these results. 

Evaluation designs and measures will be determined based on the GPM intervention designs, but may include outcomes such as contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) and skilled attendance at birth. Gender-related measures may include items such as those measuring gender-related power and norms and gender-related attitudes -- for example, “Only when a woman has a child is she a real woman,” and “A woman should obey her husband on all things.” 

There have been relatively few impact evaluations conducted in global family planning and maternal, neonatal and child health, and none have addressed integration of gender and/or policy strengthening in the scale-up process. GPM offers a unique opportunity to address this gap and to inform programs so that they can design better, evidence-based activities.

Asia and Middle East Gender, Policy, and Measurement Program Contact Information

If your organization or project is interested in working with the Gender, Policy, and Measurement program, please contact:
Elisabeth Rottach, MA
HPP Gender Technical Advisor
If your organization or project is interested in learning more about the measurement work under the Gender, Policy, and Measurement program please contact:
Jessica Fehringer, PhD, MHS
Research Associate, 
MEASURE Evaluation
For more information on MEASURE Evaluation, in general, please see the MEASURE Evaluation website.

Publications and Resources

Monitoring the Scale-Up of Health Practices and Interventions (Webinar)
Click above for a recording of HPP's webinar on monitoring the scale-up of health practices and interventions given by Rachel Kiesel. This presentation covers key practical components of the "Guide for Monitoring Scale-Up of Health Practices and Interventions," as well overall considerations for monitoring and evaluating scale-up.

Facilitating Data Use for Gender-Aware Health Programming: Guidance for Workshop Facilitators (MEASURE Evaluation)
This document provides guidance for designing and implementing a two-and-a-half-day workshop on gender analysis of routine health data to inform evidence-based decision making.

Guide for Monitoring Scale-up of Health Practices and Interventions (MEASURE Evaluation)
Considerable attention has been given to scale-up, however few scale-up models have provided comprehensive guidance to address the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) components. The "Guide for Monitoring Scale-Up of Health Practices and Interventions" was developed to promote an understanding of the key considerations for monitoring the scale-up process in simple and practical terms. It includes guidance on how to plan for, gather, analyze, and use data.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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