Online Program

Establishing a monitoring & evaluation framework for ASH in wamuini, Kenya

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 1:05 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Sangah Kim, Department of International Health and Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Introduction: For the past two years, Ambassadors for Sustained Health (ASH) has assisted Wamuini, ASH's current target community, through a holistic approach. Although positive progress has been made with the current projects in place, conveying these successes and improvements to supporters and potential donors still lies as a challenge. ASH currently lacked a proper method to provide evidence to measure its progress. I developed a measurement system to assess and evaluate the current projects. Methods: We solicited feedback from staff by conducting informal interviews and weekly meetings. After observing the operations on the ground, I 1) re-introduced the importance of evaluation by having weekly open discussions, 2) revised the existing logic models, 3) developed data collection instruments that were practical and reasonable in this low-resource setting, 4) created necessary electronic data collection methods, and 5) implemented evaluation plans. Outcomes: I was able to revise and create three logic models out of five programs due to a lack of information about its intervention and a possible termination of one program, however, the development of evaluation instruments will be utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented programs. This international practicum allowed me to gain first-hand experience on the skills acquired during the MPH studies.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Design an implementation and evaluation plan for each program Discuss how the practicum experience compliments the skills acquired during the MPH studies. Articulate the cross-cultural and workplace challenges in a public health setting within a developing country.

Keyword(s): Practice, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I gained experience the past summer traveling to Kenya to do M&E work.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.