Measuring progress to improve health and reduce inequity
PATH activities have improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people over the last four decades while promoting the health, stability, and prosperity of families, communities, and future generations. Central to building that success is a commitment to monitor and evaluate our work.
Effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is important to compare the cost-effectiveness of interventions, successfully manage resources, support evidence-based decision-making, and promote learning. Through our M&E activities, PATH ensures that project results are transformed into knowledge that builds future success.
Strengthening M&E capacity
PATH’s comprehensive, results-oriented approach uses a broad set of methods to measure not only the impact of interventions, but why interventions work and how they evolve over time. We tailor our approach to different contexts, languages, and organizational needs, including the needs of implementing organizations, ministries of health, civil society and community groups, and health care workers.
Through an active community of practice, we share best practices, tools, and lessons learned, which strengthens the measurement capacity of our staff and our partners. From mixed-method reviews to real-time visualization of quantitative data to qualitative field assessments, our efforts help us better target geographies and populations, improve interventions, and ensure sustainability.
PATH’s strategic indicators
PATH also tracks a suite of strategic indicators that assess our performance across our five innovation platforms: vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations. Tracking these indicators—which range from number of health workers trained to number of beneficiaries served—helps us understand the reach of our programs as well as link PATH’s work to improvements in health worldwide.
Through all these efforts, we are fostering learning and informed decision-making within PATH and the global health community and promoting faster action for greater impact.
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