As a part of the Canadian government’s initiative to improve accountability for its maternal and child health investments, the Institute for International Programs (IIP) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is leading the development of new tools to assist countries and Canadian partners in implementing strong measurement approaches for maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition (MNCH&N) programs.
In addition to developing the tools and validating their application in low-income country settings, IIP will provide capacity building and technical assistance to Canadian experts who will support implementers of MNCH&N activities globally. RADAR will produce a suite of six tools that will address key aspects of the impact pathway.
This “light” but focused survey tool provides needed data on coverage changes in time to improve program implementation. This type of survey is leaner and conducted more frequently than typical household surveys, and can be led by local institutions.
Impact Model Tool
By helping users to develop an evidence-based model of change for their program, this tool reveals gaps that would limit effectiveness of investments and guides evaluation planning. Users can build and share impact models, contributing to a global library of core models.
Lives Saved Tool (LiST)
This interactive, computer-based decision-support tool translates changes in intervention coverage into estimates of maternal, newborn, and child lives saved. Program planners can assess the impact of different interventions and delivery strategies in order to prioritize investments for improving MNCH&N.
Implementation Strength Snapshot
A streamlined protocol rapidly assesses the strength of program roll-out. This tool can identify existing problems or challenges, such as whether trained workers are in place, adequate supervision is provided, and essential drugs and commodities are in place.
Quality of Care Assessment
Observation-based assessments directly measure the quality of care to determine whether correct preventive and treatment services are being provided during health service contacts.
Measurement Plan for Accountability
This overarching tool answers the question, “Does my plan provide accurate and meaningful information for continuous program improvement?”