Testing a monitoring and evaluation system to capture and communicate the WHO's Ebola response effort in selected areas in Liberia
Implementation: The WHO-AFRO team engaged an M&E specialist and deployed him to Liberia to help capture response activities (i.e., services provided; community/system changes such as new policies, programs, and practices) that are being implemented. The University of Kansas team provided training for WHO-AFRO colleagues in using the M&E system to: a) capture the activities, b) code them (e.g., as services provided), c) characterize them (e.g., by objective, strategy used, sectors engaged,), and d) communicate the findings through visual displays and shared sensemaking. This M&E system provided context-specific measures of Ebola response activities and their association with indicators of success (i.e., incidence of EVD).
Results: Preliminary data suggest that there are differences in the implementation of the Ebola response effort among counties; including by objectives addressed and sectors through which activities were implemented. In some counties, there was an association between activities implemented and new cases of Ebola.
Conclusion: This results suggest that a monitoring and evaluation system can help document and communicate Ebola response activities and their association with bending the curve with new cases of Ebola in affected areas.
Learning Areas:Communication and informatics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Describe the Monitoring and Evaluation System used to capture the Ebola response effort in affected areas. Explain how the Monitoring and Evaluation System can contribute to efforts to bend the curve of new cases of Ebola in affected areas.
Keyword(s): International Health, Evaluation
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author on the content I am responsible for because I have been working on Africa-related projects for four plus years as part of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Kansas where I am a third-year doctoral student in an MPH/PhD program.
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