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UNC-Chapel Hill Receives Largest Grant in Its History

The Carolina Population Center (CPC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received up to $181 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue its Monitoring and Evaluation to ASsess and Use REsults (MEASURE) program.

The program monitors the evaluation of family planning, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health programs worldwide. Additionally, the project monitors and evaluates tuberculosis, avian influenza and malaria programs, and plans are in the works to address poverty and gender equity.

Now in its third phase, MEASURE Evaluation expands on the previous two stages of the project and the earlier EVALUATION project which started in 1991. It is already present in nearly 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and will reach out to more. Along with the $181 million in funding, through the award countries will be able to request evaluation activities worth up to an additional $125 million over five years.

Different strategies are implemented by MEASURE Evaluatoin to collect and use data on health issues. For instance, a tool called the Priorities for Local AIDS Efforts (PLACE) method can identify geographic areas that have key HIV transmission networks. The project will also seek to develop the skills of health workers in other countries through distance learning.

“The size of this award is unprecedented,” says Dr. Barbara Entwisle, director of the CPC and Kenan Professor of Sociology in the UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences. “Faculty at UNC, specifically those at the Carolina Population Center who are part of the MEASURE Evaluation team, have achieved an international reputation for excellence in evaluation research. The funding of this latest stage of the project acknowledges the great success of the MEASURE Evaluation team in its earlier phases.

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