What works to improve health or prevent risk, and how much does it cost?
One of our strengths in evaluating and costing interventions is SaME’s multi-disciplinary team, featuring epidemiologists, social scientists, economists and modellers, together with a significant skill base in running clinical trials and social change programmes. We can claim to be conducting what is now known as “team science“.
In terms of evaluation techniques, we employ quantitative approaches, for example in a number of randomised controlled trials in Tanzania, India and South East Asia. Alongside the quantitative evaluation and also looking at different forms of violence, we conduct epidemiological modelling to look at the impact of HIV prevention and interventions to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV), violence against children in schools and trafficking.
As well as quantitative approaches to evaluation, we also embed qualitative research to really understand not only the impact of an intervention but what it means in practice. We ask:
- What does it mean to the communities and the individuals who are receiving the intervention?
- What lessons we can learn about intervention delivery?
Our work on financing and economic evaluations covers a range of angles:
- assessing the cost of delivering programmes both within HIV and within violence prevention
- developing innovative ways to think about cost-effectiveness and value for money (VFM)
- investigating potential affordability of interventions in different contexts (an intervention might be cost-effective but still be unaffordable at a national level)