The Science and Practice of Technical Assistance: An Essential Determinant of Successful Global Health Programs and Research
Mr. West will summarize relevant theories, experience around the world, and best (and worst) practices for designing, delivering and evaluating technical assistance (TA) efforts. Governments and other funders at the global, regional and national levels are increasingly giving high priority to providing effective TA that can strengthen programs and health services and help make them more accessible, affordable and sustainable. Large-scale research efforts in the U.S. and especially in developing countries require major TA efforts and regular monitoring to ensure that study sites and personnel have the technical and organizational capabilities to support and are closely following research protocols and standards. A high quality TA system can make the critical difference between success and failure. In his presentation, Mr. West will draw on his own experience and his recent publication on "Designing and Assessing Evidence for the Effectiveness of Technical Assistance in Furthering Global Health".