Quarterly recap of FHI 360’s blog on research and evaluation, October–December 2017

As we close out the year 2017, I want to take a few moments to highlight the 16 posts from our blog this quarter. We feature posts from FHI 360 thought leaders writing about new and innovative evidence, research and evaluation practice, and analysis of methodologies used to better address global development needs.

This quarter’s posts included a tribute to Peter Lamptey, a global health leader retiring from FHI 360 after nearly four decades. Three posts focused on HIV key populations: One was a call for papers for optimizing programs, another presented findings for increasing HIV detection, and the third provided updates to survey tools for improving surveillance methods from the recently published Blue Book. Two posts provided useful lists: The first outlined ways to participate in open scholarship, and the second gave lessons for using youth video diaries in qualitative research. A two-post contraceptive series showed how a shift in thinking can lead to collecting better data during clinical trials and improving method acceptability to better meet the needs of women.

Also, two posts sought to improve the evidence base for governance and food security and for open government data. Three other posts highlighted new research driving behavior change for handwashing, a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the Global Burden of Disease study (there’s an app for that!) and research collaborations working to outsmart tuberculosis. Plus, I wrote a three-part series reporting what I learned during the Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, South Africa: One post was about evidence networks, another was about evidence in a post-truth world and a final post was about the approaches for conducting rapid reviews.

Stay tuned for more weekly posts throughout 2018. Happy new year!

Photo caption: Quarterly blog post authors
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