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Defining a collaborative learning agenda for HES researchers and practitioners

HES Research Dialogues II Materials

October 20-21, 2015 | Washington, DC

The Household Economic Strengthening (HES) Research Dialogues II Workshop brought together researchers, practitioners, and funders to delve into the research methods and tools that are being used across a wide array of economic strengthening interventions and discuss how they can best be adapted or incorporated into efforts to generate HES-related evidence. Workshop participants:

  • Explored the current state of evidence on HES
  • Discussed design-integrated programs to provide a pathway to reducing vulnerabilty and add to the evidence base through useful research
  • Identified the best tools and methods for measuring outcomes and impact of integrated approaches

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Below are links to the presentations made during the two-day long event.

Household Economic Strengthening for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Summary of Findings and Review of Current Evidence

Claire Simon, Household Economic Strengthening Research Dialogues (PDF)

Review of the recent evidence of HES interventions (2012-2015) across three intervention areas: cash transfers, savings-led microfinance, and integrated skills development. Includes 5-7 purposefully selected studies that include a mix of quantitative and mixed method impact evaluations and formative/exploratory research.

Josh Chaffin, Outcomes for Children from Household Economic Strengthening Interventions (PDF)

Review of 46 RCT impact evaluations from 1990-2014 that include at least one child-level outcome. Examines both positive and negative impacts on child well-being as well as potential mediating factors of impact (age, gender, etc.).


Lisa Laumann, Economic Strengthening, Prevention of Family-Child Separation and Reintegration of Children into Family Care (PDF)

Review of evidence base related to how HES interventions can support prevention of family-child separation and reintegrating children in family care in low- and middle-income countries. Includes a wide variety of published and grey literature from key word searches.


Irina Yacobson, The Economic Dimensions of PMTCT (PDF)

Review of evidence of ES intervention on PMTCT access, retention and adherence and health services relevant to PMTCT cascade. Includes any study or program report that described economic barriers to PMTCT (52) or ES interventions to improved health outcomes for HIV+ pregnant women  or those applied to health services relevant to the PMTCT cascade (23).


Household Economic Strengthening for HIV/AIDS Affected Populations

Mandy Swann, Economic Strengthening & HIV Outcomes (PDF)

Explains proposed approach to conducting a comprehensive review of evidence for HES interventions’ effects on PEPFAR 3.0 outcomes of interest. Includes compiling existing evidence, assessing the rigor/quality of the evidence, and capturing appropriate measurement methodologies.


Evaluation an Integrated Program

Holly Burke, A Randomized Study Evaluating an Intervention Integrating Economic Strengthening and HIV Prevention Programs for Vulnerable Youth in South Africa (PDF)

Presents the design approach for a study in South Africa that looks at impact on vulnerable youth of a combined economic strenthening and HIV prevention program. The study is currently being implemented - no results yet.

Tools for Building the Evidence Base

Yulia Shenderovich and Janina Steinert, Tools for Building the Evidence Base (PDF)

Describes the process of conducting a systematic review, discusses why these reviews are important, and how they might be used to better inform program design and implementation in economic strengthening.

Michael Samson, Expanding the Toolkit for Complex Evaluation (PDF)

Describes two innovative techniques that allow for the treatment group to change overtime, thus addressing more real-world scenarios.


Measuring the Effectiveness of HES Interventions

 Audrey Pettifor, Unpacking the Results of HPTN 068 (PDF)

Presents results from an RCT-designed study in South Africa that links a cash transfer (to both girls and caregivers) conditional on school attendance to prevent HIV incidence.

Fred Ssewamala, Cost-Effectiveness of an Economic Empowering Intervention for AIDS-Affected Children in Uganda (PDF)

Presents preliminary results from a study in Uganda that compares incremental costs of an HES intervention to improvements in results.


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