Title: Designing, Managing and Evaluating Projects for Improving Health: Issues for Donors and Implementers
Keywords: Quality (incl. accessibility)
Planning and programming (incl.. budgeting and evaluation)
Management/leadership
Health reform
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin
Course coordinator: Peter Campbell
Date start: 2018-01-22
Date end: 2018-02-02
About duration and dates: 2 weeks + 2.5 days preparation time
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location:

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Augustenburger Platz 1
Berlin-Wedding
Germany
ECTS credit points: 3.5 ECTS credits
SIT:
105 hours total SIT.
Self-study to prepare the module: 15 hours.
During the module: lectures and discussions: 30 hours; group work: 20 hours; site visit: 4 hours, self-study: 36 hours.
Language: English
Description:
At the end of the module the student should be able to:
1. Formulate what should, and what should not, be the overall goal and the objectives of the project;
2. Design the basic aspects/components of a project including the budget and indicators;
3. Assess the advantages and shortcomings of project implementation and operations research;
4. Appraise the effectiveness and outcomes of monitoring and evaluation processes;
5. Evaluate project designs of varying quality (with examples of good and bad quality)
Assessment Procedures:
1. Individual project design (min. of 1500 words)
The design is expected to include all the basic components and will be submitted before the end of the course for assessment by the course coordinator (70% contribution to overall grade).
Criteria for marking will include:
- Inclusion of all relevant design components
- Clarity of expression
- Cohesiveness of the project (Goal leads to Objectives, which are explained by the Background; Methods and Budget are realistic and appropriate; and Monitoring will theoretically help achieve successful long term results)
2. An MCQ test (20 questions) will be given to assess the knowledge and skills of the students in evaluating issues of project design (30% contribution to overall grade).
Students must pass both parts of the assessment. The pass mark of the MCQ test is 60%.

In case of failure, students are offered to re-sit the MCQ test and/or to make one final revision of their personal project design, as appropriate.
A second re-sit is allowed but may be linked to conditions set by the Committee of Admissions and Degrees.
Content:
The course will move through the various stages of designing a project:
- Beginning with setting of Goal and Objectives, participants will learn the importance of setting a clear initial direction, and will also understand how difficult this is to do in a political and profit oriented environment.
- Describing the Background appropriately leads into the explanation of the Rationale for the project, vital for any potential donors to understand if they will agree to consider supporting/funding the project.
- Methodology for the implementation, while specific to each particular project, must follow certain logical phases/stages, and these are often linked to the design of the Budget.
- Attention will be paid to ensuring that participants are able to develop a detailed Budget using a spreadsheet such as MS Excel. They will learn how it should "tell a story" and that it does not become simply a long and unintelligible list of items/activities.
- There will be an extensive explanation and discussion on the use of Monitoring, and how this can both benefit or, if used without understanding, damage the (perceived) results of a project.
- A special focus of this will be on the development of Indicators that are meaningful and useful, and the implications for data collection if this is done accurately and efficiently.
- The concepts of Quasi-Experimental Design will be introduced, highlighting the current focus of development projects on achieving impact.
- A site visit to a donor/health project implementing agency will allow the participants to ask questions and learn from the experiences of those who design and manage projects based on the issues thrown up during the course.
- Finally, the participants will appreciate the importance of project Evaluation and the main aspects that are expected by donors.
Methods:
This will be a highly practical hands-on module that develops the understanding and skills of the participants so that they will have developed all the main aspects of a project both as part of a group and as individuals.
Underlying the course content are the basic principles of modern Quality Improvement, since the desired impact of most projects is to improve health for the population, often through improving the quality of health care. See "Remarks" section for background reading.
Overarching the course will be individual and group work where participants will, at each stage, put into practise what they are being taught through the development of both group and individual projects.
On arrival at the course, students will be expected to have prepared an initial draft of a health project (based on a case-scenario they will receive), including a brief background and rationale, goal, main objectives and initial methodological ideas (15 hours).
The main part of the module will consist of lectures and discussions to introduce the principles of the components of a project design (30 hours), group-work to develop these ideas on a sample case-study (20 hours), a visit to a donor/project implementing agency for a question and answer session (4 hours) and individual study to apply the principles both to the group work cases (18 hours) and to the individual's own project design (18 hours).
Personal comments on the individual project designs will be given during the module by the lecturer, and participants will be expected to revise their project designs accordingly.
Prerequisites:
If not a native speaker: Internationally recognised English proficiency certificate equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550 paper/213 internet/80 online, or IELTS score 6, or DAAD (A or B in all categories). tropEd students need to provide proof of registration as tropEd student at their home institution only. For further exemptions see http://internationalhealth.charite.de/en/admission/application/
Attendance:
Up to 32 students.
Students and participants must attend 80% of the teaching time.
Selection:
Places are allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
Deadline for application: 6 weeks before module start (10 Dec 2018)
We shall confirm the module 4 weeks before module start latest subject to a sufficient number of applications.
Late applications will be considered as long as places are available.
Fees:
875.00 EUR for tropEd MScIH students and alumni
1093.75 EUR for DIPH participants
1312.50 EUR for Short Course participants
Scholarships:
Not available
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Brescia, Jan. 2013. This accreditation is valid until Jan. 2018.
Remarks:
Useful background reading:
1. Rafael Aguayo: Dr. Deming, The man who taught the Japanese about quality
2. W.E. Deming: Out of the Crisis
3. Jim Collins: From Good to Great
This course has been tested as an 8-day Alumni Workshop funded through the support of DAAD in October 2012.
Student evaluations were generally highly positive, particularly with the practical nature of the course and its applicability in the real world of project implementation.
Critical comments included the need for more background reading, and a visit to a donor/implementing organisation. Both of these issues have been addressed in this proposed course.

Course application form
Email Address: mscih-student@charite.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2013-02-25 02:51:52 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2013-02-25 03:00:36 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-11-19 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-11-19 16:02:58 (W3C-DTF)

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