Online Program

Improving Nonprofits' Clean Water Programs by Teaching Monitoring and Evaluation Techniques: A Novel Model

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Alexander Chaitoff, MPH, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Dheeraj Duggineni, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
Shuvro Roy, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
Adam Tabbaa, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Background: Monitoring and evaluating global health projects is necessary in order to ensure efficient use of limited resources. Some large organizations have made it a priority to carefully monitor and report project outcomes for any program they support. Additionally, charity oversight groups have entered the space as third-party evaluators for nonprofit organizations of substantial size and wealth not conducting robust in-house efficacy data analysis. However, much of the work done to address global health challenges is completed by small groups with very few employees, none of whom have data collection or analysis training.

Program: In order to sustainably fill this gap in the area of water, sanitation, and hygiene, a 501c3 nonprofit organization was founded in 2010. This organization trains US students to consult with small, otherwise overlooked nonprofit organizations in developing countries to help them monitor and evaluate the long-term efficacy of their programs.

Outcomes: To date, the organization has trained 20 students to work as project managers dealing with issues of global health. Subsequently, the organization has impacted approximetely 1000 families by working with groups in Nicaragua, Uganda, El Salvador, Ghana, and Niger, among other areas, that require assistance with literature reviews, survey designs, data analysis, water quality testing, and/or field trial oversight.

Conclusion:  Utilizing a model that educates US students and empowers them to assist groups abroad under the umbrella of a 501c3 nonprofit organization has yielded a low-cost, sustainable public health initiative that both educates US students about global health and addresses the research capabilities gap that exists between large and small global health groups.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe how the Pure Water Access Project's model generally teaches US students research methods and project management skills Describe how the Pure Water Access Project's model generally utilizes trained students to assist small organizations with their clean water program improvement efforts Analyze the impacts that the Pure Water Access Project has had on its student participants and organizations abroad.

Keyword(s): International Health, College Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: A current medical student, I obtained my MPH as a 2013 Marshall Scholar at the University of Sheffield. I have worked under multiple federally-funded principal investigators and presented studies at both poster and oral sessions, including at a former APHA Annual Meeting. I am the co-founder and former executive director of the Pure Water Access Project, a 501c3 nonprofit global health organization that has been recognized and supported by multiple individuals, corporations, and awards groups.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Pure Water Access Project, Inc. Global health nonprofit research organization Advisory Committee/Board

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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