Shared innovations in measurement and evaluation
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation,
The Lancet, Volume 377, Issue 9770, Pages 969 - 970, 19 March 2011
“…..Now more than ever, those engaged in measuring health and evaluating impact to improve health need to come together to share knowledge.
The current economic environment, in conjunction with increasing demands for accountability, requires intensified efforts to innovate and borrow from other disciplines to ensure that methods and tools take advantage of the latest science and provide valid, reliable, and comparable measurements for wide implementation.
What has been missing from the global health calendar is a cross-cutting forum that unites the myriad disciplines that have something to contribute to an enhanced collective capacity for global health measurement and evaluation.
In sponsoring the conference—Global Health Metrics & Evaluation: Controversies, Innovation, Accountability—we hope to build the field and provide a space to share new ideas about the growing body of evidence about what works in global health….”
Our call for Abstracts in the autumn of 2010 yielded 433 submissions covering a range of topics (panel), from nearly every country in the world. After a rigorous peer-review process organised by The Lancet, 22 Abstracts were selected for oral presentation and 101 Abstracts for poster sessions. The results can be found in the booklet.
The Abstracts are an interesting sample of worldwide work on health metrics and evaluation. The topics with the largest number of Abstracts submitted included non-communicable diseases, malaria, priority setting, and health inequalities, as well as a category that was hard to classify into any one area. The preponderance of work in these areas might have represented the interests of those who read the call for Abstracts, or might accurately reflect the growing field of health metrics and evaluation.
Range of topics for the submitted abstracts:
•New quantitative tools for priority setting
•Latest approaches to measuring maternal mortality
•Integrated surveillance systems
•Next generation of metrics for health-system performance
•Controversies in burden of malaria
•Trends in health inequalities
•Transitions in non-communicable diseases in rich and poor countries
•Responsible data-sharing and strengthening country capacity for analysis
This webappendix formed part of the original submission and has been peer reviewed.
Supplement to: GHME Conference Organizing Committee. Shared innovations in measurement and evaluation.
Lancet 2011; published online March 14. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60169-4.
GHME Conference Organizing Committee*
* : Zulfiqar Bhutta, Division of Women & Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan; Julio Frenk, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA; Richard Horton, The Lancet, London, UK; Alan Lopez, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, QLD, Australia; Fatima Marinho de Souza, Pan American Health Organization, PAHO/WHO Washington, DC, USA; Anne Mills and Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK; Christopher Murray, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA, USA; Osman Sankoh, INDEPTH Network, Accra, Ghana; Kenji Shibuya, Department of Global Health Policy, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; and Debrework Zewdie, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland.
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