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Countries will only achieve their vision of Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths by attaining effective coverage for known high-impact interventions, making sure to reach those most in need. Scale up, quality and equity are not only implementation goals, but also key areas for learning.

Helping key countries reach their goals for coverage, quality and equity is at the core of MCSP’s activities. Moreover, we assist countries understand how best to attain these goals. MCSP learning activities are designed to produce specific and actionable results for implementers in their own context. The Program’s action-oriented learning agenda includes seven overlapping themes that encompass our goals as well as key strategies for attaining them:

Themes related to goals

  • Effective approaches for achieving impact at scale
  • Quality improvement for service provision
  • Equity of service provision, including gender equity

Themes related to implementation strategies

  • Local health systems strengthening, including private sector
  • Community action for health, including behavior change interventions
  • Innovation for both products and processes
  • Measurement and data use for management and accountability

The MCSP action-oriented learning agenda focuses on assessing approaches under these themes and tailoring them to context. Assessments involve both formal studies and more informal learning activities for which information gathering is embedded in project monitoring and reporting systems.

MCSP encourages a mindset of iterative learning and adaptive management throughout the programming cycle, such that assessing program approaches is one piece of a larger picture. This big picture includes activities that foster a culture of adaptive management, beginning with program design and continuing throughout implementation.

MCSP activities:

  • Predict – set priorities through modeling of impact, costing and other key parameters;
  • Explore – engage in exploratory and formative investigations to improve program design;
  • Test and influence – assess interventions and strategies to help implementers improve practice; and
  • Explain – evaluate how and why interventions and strategies did or did not work.
Community Interventions Advisor smiles at hospital staff as they review a chart of data
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