Core to Seed’s Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) practices is regularly synthesizing the data that we collect into a global picture of our programmatic impact. We recently engaged in this internal reflection exercise, examining three data sources in particular: a qualitative evaluation of GHSP in its first two years of implementation; a 2017 survey of over 1600 students who have worked with GHSP Volunteers over the years; and a 2017 learning exercise that evaluated GHSP’s outcomes on the student learning experience. Findings coalesced into three core areas of impact:
Delivering quality education in both the classroom and clinical setting
Improving students’ confidence, increasing their knowledge, improving their clinical skills, and improving their ability to translate what they learn in the classroom setting to their clinical practice.
Promoting students’ professional growth & development
Improving students’ confidence, fostering pride in their profession, and employing a patient-centered approach to their clinical work.
Strengthening the educational environment
Fostering a collegial, positive learning environment, supporting faculty development and the development of new programs.
Importantly, this internal reflection exercise also helped us to identify critical gaps that we aim to fill with our upcoming MEL work, all part of the continuous process of learning that is essential to our work.
This post is the third in a series by Seed Global Health’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team focused on the ways that we look to incorporate rigorous evaluation into future learning and our impact strategy. Stay tuned for the next in the series!