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WHO Global disability action plan 2014-2021

WHO Disability and Rehabilitation Team

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The WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021 is a significant step towards achieving health and well-being and human rights for people with disabilities. The action plan was endorsed by WHO Member States in 2014 and calls for them to remove barriers and improve access to health services and programmes; strengthen and extend rehabilitation, assistive devices and support services, and community-based rehabilitation; and enhance collection of relevant and internationally comparable data on disability, and research on disability and related services. Achieving the objectives of the action plan better enables people with disabilities to fulfil their aspirations in all aspects of life.

SUPPORT tools for evidence-informed health policymaking (STP)

HANNEY, Stephen
December 2009

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This is a set of 18 tools that can be used by those involved in finding and using research evidence to support evidence-informed health policy making. The series addresses four broad areas: supporting evidence-informed policymaking; identifying needs for research evidence; finding and assessing research evidence; and, going from research evidence to decisions

Handbook on monitoring and evaluation of human resources for health : with special applications for low- and middle-income countries

DAL POZ, Mario R

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This handbook aims strengthen the technical capacity of health managers, researchers and policy makers, to monitor and evaluate their health workforce accurately . It brings together an analytical framework for strategy options for improving the health workforce information and evidence base, as well as country experiences to highlight approaches that have worked

Guide for documenting and sharing 'best practices' in health programmes


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This document provides guidance on the process for identifying, documenting and sharing knowledge on country experiences in the planning, implementation and monitoring of health programmes and services that can be considered as 'Best Practices' and that can contribute to the acceleration and expansion of health sector actions. It has been written for WHO staff, ministries of health and civil society organisations

Guide to monitoring and evaluating health information products and services

TIMMONS, Barbara K.
November 2007

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This resource offers guidance and 29 indicators to measure how information products and services contribute to improving health programmes. It includes the 'Conceptual Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating Health Information Products and Services', which illustrates how improving the reach and usefulness of information products and services facilitates and increases their use - which in turn enhances public health policy and practice. Together, the elements in the Guide can help health professionals to better evaluate the contribution of their knowledge management work to crucial health outcome

Kenya follow-up consultation report : target revision toward universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010

December 2006

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The consultation to select core targets, and to make revisions and updates to the existing Universal Access roadmap for Kenya became necessary following further guidance on country-level target setting subsequent to the initial consultation. The main revision consultation on 7 December brought together 36 participants representing the government, NGOs and specific interest/at-risk groups, UN and bilateral development partners. The work focused on prioritising core targets, as well as revising a set of targets deemed critical for Kenya . All the proposed core indicators, as well as most of the recommended indicators, have been incorporated in the M&E framework

Proving our worth : developing capacity for the monitoring and evaluation of communicating research in development

PERKINS, Nicolas
October 2006

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This is a programme summary report of a workshop convened by the Research Communication Monitoring and Evaluation Group, an informal network composed of representatives from a number of UK organisations concerned about the impact of research on the reality of poverty. The workshop objectives were to mobilise a wider group of organisations working in the field of research communication to explore and analyse the different models for monitoring and evaluating research communication

Monitoring and evaluation [whole issue]

September 2006

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This issue of presents an overview of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methods and techniques, bringing together voices and experiences from the field. The editorial urges readers to go beyond results-based M&E, taking into account programmes' ability to contribute to capacity development. David Watson describes innovative approaches to M&E, typically concerned with qualitative changes, building consensus, and encouraging learning. Includes an interview with the African Evaluation Association, a brief assessment of the results-based BRAVA programme in Brazil, a case study of outcome mapping in Ecuador, lessons from the South African Landcare programme and an article on scientific capacity for development

Scoping study : monitoring and evaluation of research communications

BUTCHER, Catherine
August 2006

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This scoping study on the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of research communications was carried out over 15 days to: * Provide a broad overview of the key issues in the monitoring and evaluation of research communications * Draw out differences, if and where they exist, between M&E of research communications compared with M&E generally * Identify characteristics of good practice in the M&E of research communications and highlight implications for those involved It was used to inform a workshop of the Research Communications Monitoring and Evaluation Group in 2006

Evaluating Stepping Stones : a review of existing evaluations and ideas for future M&E work

June 2006

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This publication aims to review monitoring and evaluation activities, methodologies and findings around the Stepping Stones (SS) approach. Over the last ten years, Stepping Stones has been used by many NGOs as an effective tool for HIV prevention, gender empowerment, community mobilisation and promotion of PLWHA rights. However, monitoring and evaluation documentation on SS is sparse and does not reflect the wealth of learning about the methodology. Key findings show that SS helps improve communication about health issues and supports behaviour changes, although evidence that it has led to a decline in HIV or AIDS incidence is less clear. The report calls for well-designed and systematic monitoring and evaluation activities, and for a strategic dissemination of findings and monitoring and evaluation data

When we will ever learn : improving lives through impact evaluation

May 2006

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This is a report of the Evaluation Gap Working Group, created to investigate why rigorous impact evaluations of social development programmes are relatively rare. An evaluation gap exists because there are few incentives, and considerable resource and time constraints. This results in a costly and persistent lack of sufficient knowledge and learning about the effects of policies and programmes. At an individual level, the report recommends a reinforcement of existing efforts, with improvement on monitoring and evaluation systems and capacity development. It also calls for collective action, that should be led by a 'council', representing all stakeholders, including governments and NGOs. Core functions of the council should include: establishing quality standards for rigorous evaluations; administering a review process for evaluation designs and studies; identifying priority topics; providing grants for impact evaluation design

Monitoring financial flows for health research 2006 : the changing landscape of health research for development

MATLIN, Stephen

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This study aims to provide NGOs and decision-makers with an overview of currently available information on resource flows into health research. It paints the picture of a changing landscape, with an increased number of actors and increases in resources for health promotion and health research in developing countries. The document provides statistical data on global spending on R&D for health, looks at trends and patterns of morbidity and mortality and discusses health research challenges and priorities for the public sector

eHealth tools and services : needs of the member states. Report of the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth


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This is a report on some of the findings of a global survey on eHealth carried out by the Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe), concerning the needs for eHealth tools and services. The survey found that WHO Member States would welcome an active involvement of WHO in the development of generic eHealth tools, while particularly non-OECD members would benefit form guidance on eHealth issues. It also found that needs vary even among OECD countries, and that existing eHealth tools and services should be better known. The report recommends that WHO should actively intervene in the provision of generic tools (eg, drug registries, patient record systems, health professional directories), facilitate access to existing tools, promote knowledge exchange, provide eHealth information and promote eLearning programmes

Successful communication : a toolkit for researchers and civil society organisations

October 2005

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From the introduction: "This toolkit is for researchers and practitioners who wish to communicate to policymakers. The tools are therefore specifically geared towards the needs of researchers and practitioners in civil society organisations (CSOs), including development NGOs, research institutes, think tanks, universities and networks. The toolkit addresses the questions of how researchers and CSOs can best communicate evidence in order to inform or influence policy, to achieve their own stated development objectives, or simply to make their own knowledge accessible and understandable to a wider audience." After a brief but useful introduction, tools are presented in four sections: planning, packaging, targeting and monitoring

Participatory methods toolkit : a practitioner's manual

September 2005

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This publication provides practical information for starting up and managing participatory projects. It presents and discusses ten participatory techniques, methods or applications, including participatory assessment, monitoring and evaluation (PAME). Each method is defined, and indications of when to use it are given. There is a detailed discussion of how to implement each method, including budget considerations. These methods and techniques can be adapted or combined to suit specific projects. The manual is for use by practitioners who want to familiarise themselves with a variety of participatory methods, and can also be used as an introductory resource for less experienced development workers

The 'Most Significant Change' (MSC) technique : a guide to its use

DART, Jess
April 2005

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This publication is an introduction to the 'Most Significant Change' (MSC) approach to monitoring and evaluation. MSC is a participatory technique of monitoring without indicators. It asks users to collect "significant change" stories from the field level and to select and filter these through a panel of stakeholders or staff. It gives an overview of the "story" approach, and illustrates how to implement the MSC technique in ten steps. Chapter five looks in detail at the place of MSC in a monitoring and evaluation framework. The guide also includes a comparison with other approaches, a historical overview a of its development and outlines possible next steps and future innovations for the approach

Framework for the assessment of ICT pilot projects : beyond monitoring and evaluation to applied research


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This publication is aims to help all stakeholders in ICT pilot projects to gather the rigorous evidence needed to make forward looking judgments and decisions about ICT for development projects. It explores both the need of pilot projects to implement a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system that will ensure the pilot fulfils its developmental purpose for its clients and beneficiaries, and the need of pilot projects to put in place evidence based research for proof of concept (how the pilot could contribute to development priorities and how it might be taken to scale from a forward looking perspective). It then presents steps that a project manager should undertake to ensure an effective evaluation process



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