Research & Evaluation

We design frameworks for strategic monitoring and evaluation that aims to improve program implementation and demonstrate impact. Our strong qualitative and quantitative research skills are also an excellent resource for organizational learning.

Long Covid & other Fatiguing Illness Recovery Program (LC&FIRP)

CDC/ Family Health Centers of San Diego 

The CDC Long COVID & Other Fatiguing Illness Recovery Program is a three-year randomized control trial examining the efficacy of a virtual community of practice model on improving patient specialty care for people experiencing long COVID.  The primary outcomes of the study are changes in health outcomes of patients experiencing long COVID and changes in the knowledge, confidence, and capability of providers that participate in the intervention.  The study is a Type II Hybrid Implementation - Effectiveness study, which has a co-primary aim to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention.  Under prime partner Family Health Centers of San Diego, Ata Health is a Co-principal Investigator responsible for assessing impacts of provider outcomes and for supporting the assessment of feasibility, acceptability and scalability of the intervention.  In this role, Ata Health was responsible for designing all related data constructs and survey questions, providing the format for cateloguing all constructs and sources in the trial, and producing routine data analysis of approximately 100 indicators, using advanced statistical techniques. 

Human Resources for Health Program Reviews

HRSA/ DS Federal

Ata Health completed numerous program reviews for the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), related to human resources for health under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  As a an HRH program reviewer, Ata Health was responsible for assessing implementing partner performance with respect to grant agreement objectives and expectations and to make strategic recommendations for improving performance and impact.  Ata Health conducted desk reviews and led site visits to implementing partner offices, and synthesized findings in program review reports.   Ata Health performed reviews for HRSA's Global Nurse Capacity Building Program, Afya Bora program, Resilient and Responsive Health System's (RRHS) - DRC program, and Resilient and Responsive Health Organizations (RRHO) program

M&E for Skills-sharing Ryan White Twinning Pilot

HRSA/DS Federal

Ata Health produced the monitoring and evaluation framework for a novel HRSA program under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Called "Skills Sharing", the project supported communities of practice between U.S. and African clincians responsible for HIV/AIDS service delivery.  Ata Health's framework included the logic model, data collection instruments and methods, indicators and sources, data construct dictionary (searchable by instrument and study requestion) and research protocol.  The framework also included a plan for the evaluation, based on the OECD Development Assistance Committee Evaluation Framework.

African Labor Market Analyses

USAID/World Bank/IntraHealth

In two separate partnerships, Ata Health produced novel labor market analysis for the Africa health workforce.  For the World Bank, Ata Health synthesized data from 15 different countries in the East, Central, and Southern Africa region, produced a novel method of estimating private and social rates of return on investment in the workforce, and conducted a literature review to help explain supply and demand factors. The report makes a global investment case for production of new health workers to address a regional shortage.  For USAID / IntraHealth, Ata Health conducted a labor market analysis of the clinical health workforce, including doctors, nurses, clinical officers, pharmacists, dentists, and more.  Through data imputation, the team designed a novel method to produce the first-ever national estimate of the private sector workforce for each of these cadres, and described key areas of under and over supply of health workers.  Ata Health presented the report to the Uganda Ministry of Health, in advance of their HRH strategic planning process. 

National Evaluation - Climate and Health Program


Ata Health produced the first national evaluation of the U.S. CDC's Climate and Health Program community of practice.  The study included a robust literature review on climate and health adaptation planning at state and local levels, interviews with state and local health authorities, and the design of a new planning model for climate and health adaptation.  The Ata Health Principal was awarded a juried oral presentation of study findings at the American Public Health Association annual conference, in 2019.  

Climate Capacity Building Program 

Health Canada

Ata Health designed the monitoring and evaluation framework for the Government of Canada's national climate change and health adaptation community of practice.  After a robust analysis of publically available evaluations and indicators for climate and health, the team designed a framework that included a logic model, data collection methods, data construct dictionary (queriable by instrument type and research question), data instruments, and evaluation plan.  The team also produced the first-ever staged capability maturity model for assessing climate and health adaptation capacity by province.  

ECHO vCOPs for CDC Field Staff

CDC/University of New Mexico

In order to increase knowledge, enhance leadership and management skills, as well as, improve staff morale and reduce isolation, CDC directly funded Ata Health to co-design and implement five virtual communities of practice (vCOP) for CDC field staff, including Country Directors and Deputy Directors.  Sessions were held with representatives from over 50 countries across four continents.  Ata Health designed and executed the M&E framework, including novel statistical methods for assessing the relationship between dose and outcomes, to determine if the vCOP series was implemented effectively and what its impact was for participants.