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Selected Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Projects

 

Baseline Study - Improving Health Outcomes and Survival of Pregnant Women, newborns and young children through a MNCH CHW intervention

Location:  Mbrara, Uganda (85 days)

Baseline study for large MNCH project.  Develop methodology, develop tools and training resources (guides, assessments, reference material) for 50+ data collectors.  Carry out training (14 days), manage database development, train data entry team, analyze data and disseminate results.  Data collection included 1) household (coverage) survey (n=1,466 women) 2) health facility survey (n=36 health facilities) and 3) qualitative study using FGD’s (n=10) and KII’s (n=10)

Ethnographic Study - Illness and Disability in Lao PDR

Location: Phatang, Lao PDR (184 days)

Doctorate research that used participant observations, key informant interviews and focus group discussions to evaluate barriers and enablers to health seeking and poor utilization of public health services in Lao PDR.  Develop study methodology, create data collection tools, collect and analyze data, write dissertation and subsequent book. 

Household Survey Expert (MICS), UNICEF

Location:  Multiple

Support country offices (Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal) during MICS survey planning, questionnaire design, quality control, training, pretesting of questionnaires, fieldwork and dissemination of data to ensure that MICS protocols and recommendations are followed.

Senior Disability (M&E) Specialist, Social Impact (USAID)

Location:  Remote/Lao PDR

Review and advise on evaluation plan and coding for project that aims to improve and sustain the independent living ad functional ability of persons with disabilities in Lao PDR.  Review and provide input into qualitative analysis and coding; provide input on final report.  

Endline Study, Canadian Red Cross (household survey; qualitative study)

Location:  South Sudan (41 days)

Lead mixed methods evaluation of intervention that implemented gender focused MNCH interventions in South Sudan.  Study measured indicators for MNCH, integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of childhood illnesses, WASH and gender barriers, amongst others.  Project deliverables: 1) design methodology including sampling strategy 3) develop  CAPI data collection tools, 3) develop database 4) develop and deliver training in country (26 data collectors; 8 enumerators), 5) supervise data collection, 6) analyze data, 7) write final report 8) disseminate findings.  Data collection included: 1) Household (Coverage) Survey using DHS/MICS adapted surveys (n=1,696 households, 1,956 women and 2,269 children) and 2) Qualitative Study including two case studies, KII's (n=33) and FDG's (n=14)  

Evaluator, No Limits Initiative

Location:  Alberta, Canada

Support the AFOA to conduct evaluation activities to determine contributions of an initiative (No Limits Initiative) to increase the number of indigenous learners in accounting and management programs at the post-secondary level.  Evaluation activities include surveys and interviews through the lifespan of the project. 

Baseline study – MNCH Health Systems Strengthening Project in Tanzania

Location:  Mwanza, Tanzania (45 days)

Baseline data collection, analysis, and dissemination. Design methodology including sampling strategy.  Development of computer assisted (tablet) data collection tools and database.  Develop and deliver training courses (25 days) and resources (guides, assessments, reference material).  Supervise Tanzanian and Canadian staff.  Obtain and maintain ethics approvals and create research agreements. Collaborate with local, national, and international partners.  Data collection included 1) Health Facility Mapping Study (n=102 health facilities) 2) Household (Coverage) Survey (n=1,977 households; 2,438 women; 2,722 children) 3) Health Facility Survey (53 HF's), and 4) Qualitative Study FGD’s (n=13) and KII’s (n=7)

Develop Monitoring and Evaluation Plan – MNCH Health Systems Strengthening Project in Tanzania

Location:  Mwanza, Tanzania (21 days)

Design monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan for large mixed-methods MNCH project. The M&E plan includes 17 data collection tools, a sampling framework, data collection methods, and disaggregation plan.  Develop and deliver training workshop on M&E skills to project staff and stakeholders in Tanzania. 

Baseline and End-line Exit Interviews and Qualitative Data Collection, Grand Challenges Canada

Location:  Kamuli, Uganda (25 days)

Principal Investigator for Grand Challenges Stars in Global Health proof of concept project (CAD $100,000) to evaluate the feasibility of implementing Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of Childhood Illnesses in private drug shops in rural Eastern Uganda. Data collection included 1) Mapping Study to locate licensed and unlicensed drug shops (n=228) in four sub-districts 2) baseline (n=609) and end-line (n=475), exit interviews using adapted DHS tools with caregivers who sought treatment for a sick child (<5 years) and 3) end-line qualitative study using FGD’s (n=8) and KII’s (n=6).

Develop Monitoring and Evaluation Plan – MNCH Health Systems Strengthening Project in Tanzania

Location:  Mwanza, Tanzania (21 days)

Design monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan for large mixed-methods MNCH project. The M&E plan includes 17 data collection tools, a sampling framework, data collection methods, and disaggregation plan.  Develop and deliver training workshop on M&E skills to project staff and stakeholders in Tanzania. 

2014-2016 Health Care Quality Improvement Study – Patient Transfer from ICU to Hospital Ward

Location:  Calgary, Canada

Evaluate the transfer of patient care from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to hospital ward for a large national study (10 sites).  Design methodology and database (REDCap), analyse data, write reports, and disseminate results.  Supervise and train data collectors.  Mentor distant study sub-site coordinators, trainees and students.  Data collection included 1) surveys (ICU physician, ICU nurse, ward physician, ward nurse, patient, family member) 2) patient chart review tool 3) qualitative study using KIIs and 6) end-of-study stakeholder’s workshop to develop patient transfer tool.  Write a successful grant to conduct sister study on patient transfers directly from ICU to home.  

Ethnographic Study - Social and Cultural Interpretations of Deafness in Swaziland

Location:  Siteki, Swaziland (225 days)

Master’s research on the social and cultural interpretation of Deafness at the Siteki School for the Deaf in Swaziland using participant observations and key informant interviews.  Develop study methodology, develop tools, collect and analyse data, write dissertation and disseminate results

Qualitative Study - Evaluation of the Voluntary (Alberta) Sector's Receptiveness to the Development of a Provincial Umbrella Organization

Location:  Alberta, Canada

Evaluate the Alberta voluntary sector’s receptiveness to the development of a provincial umbrella organization.  Prepare evaluation methodology, develop tools, collect and analyze data, write report, and present finding.  Data collection included Conversation Cafe's (n=11) conducted throughout Alberta. 

Mid-Term Evaluation of the Micronutrient Initiative

Location:  Deli, India (8 days); Dhaka, Bangladesh (8 days)

Evaluate the relevance, achievement, sustainability, cost-effectiveness, quality of partnerships, appropriateness of design, and resource utilization of the Micronutrient Initiative (MI).  Review program documentation and collect KII data from CIDA staff, MI staff at MI headquarters, regional and country offices, government and other international and national partners in four focus countries (Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia, Kenya). Develop an e-survey to provide input on key evaluation criteria from a wider set of stakeholders.

Qualitative Study - Veterans Affairs Canada
Reintegration of Veteran's into the Civilian Workforce

Location:  Calgary, Canada

Conduct FGDs (n=11) with Veterans who had a chronic mental health condition and their experience with reintegration into the civilian workplace.  Develop tool, analyze data and write report. 

End-line Study - Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Illnesses (iCCM) in Rural Southern Uganda

Location:  Mbrara, Uganda (91 days)

End-line evaluation of Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) study to improve health outcomes for children 0-59 months with common childhood illnesses (malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea) through community health workers (CHW's) equipped with cell phones to guide assessment and treatment of sick children.  Develop study methodology, develop tools and training resources (guides, assessments, reference material), conduct training for 35+ data collectors (10 days), manage database development, train data entry team, analyze data and disseminate results.   End-line data collection included 1) household (coverage) survey (n=2,127) and 2) qualitative study using FGD’s (n=14) and KII’s (n=8).

Evaluation of Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Assessment and Referral Services,
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Location:  Alberta, Canada

Conduct a comparative study of eight Language Assessment Centres in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  These language assessment centres are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and provide language assessment and referral services to newcomers (immigrants and refugees) to Canada.  The evaluation developed an evaluation framework, including development of indicators, and utilized qualitative and quantitative tools to compare cost drivers and project outputs and outcomes.

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