The theme of the USAID Bureau of Global Health M&E Working Group’s semi-annual meeting on May 16th was sharing experiences and lessons learned on M&E for community based health programs amongst USAID coordinating agencies. Presenters addressed key questions around fostering the use M&E information by communities and ensuring that front-line health providers are not overburdened with information collection.
Megan Noel, Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor for JSI’s Improving Supply Chains for Community Case Management of Pneumonia and Other Common Diseases of Childhood Project (SC4CCM) shared the project’s experience using an excel-formatted dashboard as a visual database for all team members to view and interpret quarterly monitoring results. Referring to her presentation entitled Data Dashboards to Monitoring Trends in CCM Supply Chain Performance and Product Availability at the Community Level, Megan says, “The session was valuable for learning about tools that other cooperating agencies are using for M&E of community programs. Our presentation on data dashboards offered one practical idea for tracking and visualizing community level data. It was great opportunity to share results from the community based programs we’ve implemented”.