Evaluation Research and Validation

Effective measurement of the outcomes of a project or program requires both routine monitoring and well-designed evaluation. Many programs undertake monitoring and process evaluations, but few build in rigorous outcome evaluation. However, without outcome evaluation, it becomes difficult to determine whether investments have been effective, or to make good policy or program decisions in the future.

Our core evaluation group is focused on rigorous evaluation, with an emphasis on longitudinal cohort studies. Our faculty consists of a mix of evaluation specialists with backgrounds in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, child health, economics, social sciences, and epidemiology. We have conducted scores of evaluations around the world of varying size from small, local programs with faith-based organizations to our most recent evaluation of the global Roll Back Malaria Program. In each case, we design a methodology most suited to the specific evaluation question and most often use a mixed methods approach. We regularly involve our doctoral and master’s students in our work, bringing a greater breadth and depth of experience, and whenever we work on a significant study overseas, we collaborate with a local partner. This may be one of our established partners, such as ZCAHRD in Zambia, KEMRI in Kenya, Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, or a new partner when we engage in a country where we do not have an established presence.