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2010 Conference on Program Evaluation - Health


Health Track: Workshop Summaries and Presenter Information

1. Workshop Title: Validation of a Measure of Household Hunger for Cross-Cultural Use
Organization: Academy for Educational Development, U.S. Agency for International Development
Summary: The speaker will discuss a method to properly adapt commonly used food insecurity measures to resource poor settings. The method provides cross cultural validation so that scales can provide reliable measures of food insecurity, comparable across contexts. This presentation summarizes the results of a multi-year research activity to develop a standard scale, and will describe a simple, cross culturally validated method to measure the prevalence of household hunger.
Proceedings: Session Transcript

Presenter:

Date: 04/14/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept ImageMegan Deitchler
Megan Deitchler is a research advisor for the USAID funded Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance II Project (FANTA-2) at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in Washington, DC. She has more than 10 years of experience in maternal and child nutrition, food security, sampling methods, research design and program monitoring and evaluation. She has a MPH from Tulane University with a focus on international nutrition.

 

2. Workshop Title: The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR): Implementation Science Program
Organization: Office of Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State
Summary: Speakers will discuss the President's Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its Implementation Science Program (ISP), a new mechanism through which it assesses program impact and gains knowledge about program implementation. Through ISP, PEPFAR staff can compare program models, answer questions related to program implementation, and seek evidence in support of innovation. Staff can identify best practices in quality service delivery, and look for opportunities to replicate and establish cost-effective programs tailored to the country context. It supports innovation, piloting new interventions to establish and expand the evidence base. Country teams working in collaboration with local scientists and governments can propose and implement evaluation plans, developing local and national research capacity in evaluation and the local use of data to guide programs.
Proceedings: Session Transcript

Presenter:

Date: 04/30/2010 Description: Photo of speaker for RM Bureau's June 2010 Conference on Program Evaluation. - State Dept Image Dianna Edgil
Dianna Edgil is a Strategic Information Officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator where she was placed as a AAAS Diplomacy Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among her responsibilities is the coordination of the Public Health Evaluation program for PEPFAR. Previously, she worked with the Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative (PDVI), a program of the International Vaccine Institute an NGO based in Seoul, South Korea as well as with the San Francisco-based non-profit the Sustainable Sciences Institute. She received a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Immunity from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004.


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