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Evidence-Based Programming

One of Fistula Care’s key mandates was to gather, analyze, utilize, and report data to improve the quality and performance of fistula prevention and treatment services.

Furthermore, the project’s vision was to contribute to the body of knowledge and evidence regarding fistula services through research and routine monitoring and evaluation. Developing routine monitoring systems and reporting indicators and conducting research were key achievements of the project.

Fistula Care adapted and used MEASURE Evaluation’s framework for data demand and information use to guide the project’s work.1 Data and results lack value unless they are used by stakeholders to improve the quality of services. In collaboration with country partners, Fistula Care identified and implemented standardized quarterly monitoring indicators for fistula surgery.

Through research and evaluation, Fistula Care contributed significantly to the body of knowledge about fistula services.

1. Foreit, K., Moreland, S., and LaFond, A. 2006. Data demand and information use in the health sector: Conceptual framework. Chapel Hill, NC: MEASURE Evaluation. http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/ms-06-16a.

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