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Increasing international focus on aid effectiveness has brought renewed attention to the role of evidence in identifying health needs and designing and evaluating programs.
This subject will use case studies of current global health challenges, drawing on speakers’ field experiences, through which students will be exposed to the principles and techniques of situation assessment, program design and program evaluation. Both conventional and innovative methods for community situation assessments, program design and evaluation will be described and some practised.
Students will apply these learnings in practical, staged exercises to draft strategic program plans. They will also be asked to consider evidence requirements and real-world compromises in programmatic research and planning within complex global health settings.
Intended learning outcomes
On the completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Understand competing definitions of “health needs” and methods for carrying out situation assessments as they apply to development settings
- Understand the steps in evidence-based program design for development settings, including program logic modelling
- Identify and justify approaches, data collection methods and suggested timing for global health program monitoring and evaluation
- Critical thinking and analytical skills.
- Finding, evaluating and using relevant information.
- Written communication skills.
- Oral communication skills.
Last updated: 2 December 2019