Our work leverages the implementation science partnerships of the USAID-funded HEARD Project which brings the implementation and technical capacity of more than 33 strategic global partners. Driven by technical experts, and together with country and implementing partners, we study the implementation of global health programs and policies. Our specialty is to generate, analyze, and synthesize use evidence through collaborative, country-driven approaches. This is crucial for improving health and development in low and middle-income countries.

The purpose of this midterm evaluation was to review GH Pro’s performance to date in the landscape of various support mechanisms funded by USAID’s Bureau for Global Health (GH), with the goal of identifying opportunities to add value, improve program quality and efficiency, and reduce cost.

This evaluation explored the quality, management, sustainability, and USAID alignment of HSD and its activities to expand the access to and availability of integrated health services to quality Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) services in Jordan. The team used a combination of qualitative data collection, surveys, facility checklists and observations, validation of select monitoring data, and analysis of secondary data sources.

USAID Guinea launched a flagship five year Health Service Delivery (HSD) Activity in December 2015 to support the provision of an essential and integrated care package (EICP) for maternal, neonatal child health (MNCH) and family planning (FP) in a consistent and high-quality manner in health facilities and surrounding communities in seven out of eight the regions Guinea (Boké, Conakry, Kindia, Mamou, Faranah, Kankan and Labé). Goals of the evaluation are to: identify and document best/good practices, lessons learned, and insights from engagement of public/private sectors, and understand factors affecting post-investment sustainability of service delivery processes and outcomes.

The purpose of this assessment, taken on by USAID HEARD, was to explore the status of the Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach, YouthPower’s role in facilitating PYD uptake, and strategic considerations looking forward. The assessment examined successes and challenges of YouthPower’s experience with PYD programs; the extent to which the PYD approach is understood and utilized by youth development partners in the field; YouthPower’s role in advancing PYD, and the key considerations for expanding uptake of the approach globally. Assessment results will inform USAID on how the agency can most effectively support PYD through future youth development procurements, including YouthPower 2.

The purpose of the IMC Project was to contribute to a 50% reduction of malaria morbidity and mortality in Burkina Faso, relative to 2011 health management information system (HMIS) data, by improving the quality of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria in 100% of the country’s public health facilities by the end of 2018. With the project originally due to end in September 2018, USAID/Burkina Faso requested an external evaluation to assess project progress and challenges related to malaria prevention and treatment efforts and to aid in the development of plans for future USAID-funded support to the national malaria control effort. The evaluation has three aims: 1. To identify lessons learned and propose recommendations to guide the development of new USAID-funded malaria assistance programs in Burkina Faso; 2. To assess the effectiveness of IMC Project design, implementation, and sustainability mechanisms; and 3. To assess progress towards achieving the expected results of the IMC Project (October 2013-October 2018).

HEARD has assembled an evaluation team comprised of: Senior Malaria Advisor and Team Leader, Trenton Ruebush M.D., MSc. (URC Technical Consultant); Senior Evaluation Design and Evaluation Advisor, Janet Myers Ph.D., MPH (UCSF); Evaluation Manager, Laura Buback MPH (UCSF); and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, Lydia Abebe Ph.D. (USAID). HEARD used a partnered approach in order to carry out this evaluation by actively engaging Global Anchor Partners.