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  • Community Health Worker Program Improvement and Assessment Matrix (CHW AIM) | 2010

    A key element of USAID’s strategic approach to maternal and child health (MCH) is to increase by at least 100,000 the number of functional community health workers serving in USAID priority countries by 2013. At the request of the USAID MCH team, the Health Care Improvement (HCI) Project developed a tool that defines a set of key elements that are needed for community health worker programs to function effectively and measures how well programs meet these criteria.  These elements were defined based on a review of recent literature on CHW programs (see link below) and sugges

  • Site-level Documentation Journal | 2009

    The Site-level Documentation Journal for QI teams is designed specifically to document in real time, the changes being implemented, and to aid teams in reviewing results in light of changes implemented.

  • Team-level Excel Database | 2009

    A key component to both the site-level Documentation Journal and Synthesis form is the annotated graph showing the relationship between changes and results. Both forms described above include a hard copy template in which data can be graphed, and the graph annotated. However, electronic versions of these graphs can be used, if QI teams and collaborative managers have access to a computer.  This Excel database has been created by HCI for use at the site level. It provides a mechanism for data entry of collaborative indicator data, with auto

  • Illustrative Composite Standards for Core Services and Coordination of Care | 2008

    These illustrative standards are composites of standards developed by leaders in a number of African countries, based on the participatory approach set forth in Quality Programs for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: A Facilitator’s Guide to Establishing Service Standards. Nine service standards are covered: Food and Nutrition, Shelter and Material Care, Protection, Health Care,  Psychosocial Support, Education and Vocational Training, Economic Strengthening, and Coordination of Care. 

  • Site-level Synthesis Form | 2008

    The Synthesis form is designed to capture information for sharing with other teams. The Synthesis form summarizes key changes the QI team has concluded worked (or did not work) and that they feel are worth sharing with other teams.  The essential features of this form include justification that the change is an improvement, description of steps to implementing the change, and information about overcoming barriers.

  • Norms for Presentation of Time Series Charts | 2008

    The document provide guidance on basic standards for labeling of time series charts to ensure that those examining the results have enough information to be able to accurately interpret the graphs. The document was prepared to guide staff and partners of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project.