Monitoring and Evaluation. In this case, of International Health interventions. About two weeks ago, the head of our IH department cited M&E as having the largest demand for IH professionals, and thus isolated it as the single beacon of light for many of us going into the field of international development.
A burgeoning sub field in its own right, M&E certainly comes up with the goods. As one of 24 students lucky enough to receive technical training in this field over the past semester, I saw it pay off with my very own eyes . My colleagues and peers are off to literally every echelon of the world with fantastic jobs starting this summer, and many of those who are currently in the midst of graduating have already been recruited as program managers for small to mid scale M&E programs.
Ironically M&E was a required course for my concentration, and I went into it with the burnt out attitude of referring to it as my “red tape” class before it even began. However it all in all proved me wrong! While I can’t make any definitive declaration of intended entry into the field, our final deliverables turned out rather well, and I thought I’d talk a little bit about the project here – and let some of you guys back home see some of the things I’m learning here in grad school :) (In order to complete the course I had to get certified by the National Institutes of Health to adequately be “protecting human research participants..” hmmm.
I got to work in a team of three: another student from my program, and a Rwandan doctor who had actually served as the Chief medical officer for one of the camps included in the program. We evaluated the UNHCR project called the Expanded Anemia Strategy (EAS) aiming to reduce the prevalence of iron deficient anemia in refugee populations (primarily Congolese) in Rwanda. The intervention targeted pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five (more biologically predisposed groups) through micro nutrient supplementation, strict hemoglobin monitoring, and food aid from the World Food Project.
Over the course of the semester, we came up with our very own Stakeholder’s Analysis, Logic Model, Study Design (Quasi-experimental interrupted time series, using a difference and difference approach for the calculations in our analysis) with an emphasis on sample size calculations according to statistical power, Indicators, Instrument (survey questionnaire), underwent extensive training with CSPro data management software, budgeting, and final policy Brief.
You can view my final portfolio here!
No seriously guys, it’s undergoing critiques from the Eval team for the next 24 hours – Wish me luckkk!!
aand it’s summer time☼