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Programming and evaluation for psychosocial programmes

AGER, Alastair

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Resources supporting the planning and implementation of humanitarian and development assistance projects are relevant for the planning of psychosocial programmes. The principles are described in this short paper and these are addresses two questions: "What are we seeking to achieve?" and "What is the best way of going about this?". Logical framework analysis is applied to psychosocial programmes, including indicators of success. The paper shows that evaluation is best addressed at the planning stage. With commitment, imagination and foresight many of the principles outlined can be addressed in the most complex circumstances.There is a focus on social aspects, children and participation

The essential handbook. Radio and HIV/AIDS : making a difference : a guide for radio practitioners, health workers and donors

ADAM, Gordon

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Part of the UNAIDS best practice collection, this publication outlines an inexpensive communications methodology for media and HIV/AIDS workers. It is illustrated with examples of successful HIV/AIDS radio programming from all over the world. Includes sections on planning, researching, designing and producing radio programming, with a participatory emphasis

Working with indigenous knowledge : a guide for researchers


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This book provides an examination of indigenous knowledge and what it can offer a sustainable development strategy, and offers a guide to collecting, using, and assessing indigenous knowledge. Includes a review of case studies in Indonesia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, and Venezuela

Evaluating health projects : lessons from the literature

STOUT, Susan
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This report reviews the literature on the causes of observed changes in health and fertility levels, the evaluation of policies, and programs designed to accelerate these changes; and presents the findings of earlier assessments of the World Bank's work in the Health, Nutrition, and Population (HNP) subsectors. A framework outlining the relationships between Bank activities in the sector, the characteristics of the health care system, household behavior, and changes in health outcomes is presented; and four evaluative criteria for assessing the performance of health care systems are identified. Broadly, the approach anticipates that Bank activities are more successful, as measured by their influence on system performance, when they achieve an appropriate fit between the institutional incentives, which determine the supply of health goods and services, the nature of those goods and services, and consumer demand. This report ends by describing a strategy for assessing the development effectiveness of the Bank's work in the HNP sectors. [Publisher's abstract]

Indicators for assessing vitamin A deficiency and their application in monitoring and evaluating intervention programmes


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Elaborates basic principles for the use of 24 specific biological and ecological indicators in the surveillance of vitamin A deficiency. Addressed to managers of national programmes for the prevention and control of micronutrient malnutrition, the document offers abundant advice on the principles governing the use of biological indicators for surveillance, and explains the scientific rationale for each indicator, including its limitations and cutoff points for interpretation in terms of public health significance. For the first time, a series of ecological indicators that can be used to identify high risk areas is presented together with advice on cutoff points for their interpretation. Also included are indicators for monitoring progress towards achieving the goal of eliminating vitamin A deficiency as a significant public health problem by the year 2000. Annexed to the text are a ranking of countries according to the severity of public health problems caused by vitamin A deficiency, and several sample survey and reporting forms