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Measurement, Monitoring and Evaluation and Action-Oriented Learning

As USAID's flagship global program in maternal, newborn and child health, MCSP has the opportunity and responsibility to promote and apply monitoring and evaluation best practices and the use of standardized indicators for the measurement of results. MCSP’s wide programmatic scope and integrated approach present unprecedented opportunities to scale up proven interventions and test innovative approaches to achieve improved outcomes at scale.

Contributing to effective policy and accountability are central to MCSP’s global and country-level approach. The MMEL team focuses on:

  • Improving analytics;
  • Monitoring progress (balancing feasibility with validity of information);
  • Putting data to use; and
  • Informing implementation with learning gained at the country level.

We work to identify populations with delayed access to services, support health systems interventions, improve the quality of services—in both the public and private sectors—and strengthen cross-sectorial partnerships.

Ultimately, our aim is to build the capacity of households and communities to adopt key family health practices that promote growth and development, prevent disease, and encourage timely and appropriate care seeking. At the global level, we know that maintaining a focus on MMEL will catalyze continuous learning and allow evidence-based innovations to be applied more systematically across 24 high-priority countries.

The MMEL team is comprised of three subgroups: monitoring and evaluation, learning, and knowledge management.

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